Sport Relief 2018!
Since its conception in 2002, Sport Relief has grown year on year, bringing together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money, helping vulnerable people in both the UK and some of the world’s poorest countries.
For the first time ever, Sport Relief are asking the entire nation to take on a huge collective challenge – beating a billion steps a day, every day, from 17th-23rd March. A host of famous BBC faces including Zoe Ball, Greg James and Alex Jones will lead the charge and take on their own epic challenges to raise money and inspire the public to make their steps count as part of Team Sport Relief. And, if that wasn’t enough, a brand new Sport Relief App will unlock exclusive celebrity content and ensure every step counts across the week.
Running, dancing, dog walking or Zumba-ing all count towards the step total as the nation comes together to raise money and help vulnerable people, across the UK and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives. Last time around, for Sport Relief 2016, the generous people across Essex raised and donated more than £2.1m. This money has been hard at work in the local area, with more than 260 projects funded across the county.
To help the nation keep track of their hard-earned steps and ensure they count towards the national total, the brand new Sport Relief App will be available to download for free. Packed with innovative challenges, exclusive celebrity content and a national step tracker, it will also include countless ways to get active and raise money for Sport Relief.
Liz Warner, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “Sport Relief gets us all donning our trainers and taking on all types of sporty challenges or running a mile at school to help raise funds.
“In 2018 we have more British celebrities than ever pushing themselves to the limit to help us raise money for Sport Relief, which gives fifty percent of funds to the UK and the other fifty percent to the most desperate communities in the world.
“This is the first time we have asked the nation to take up a collective challenge and we can’t wait to see how many steps we can all do - let's hit a billion steps and get more donations and sponsors coming in to help others.”
Whether taking part for fun or fitness, the public can show their support for Sport Relief by getting kitted out in the limited edition merchandise, available from 15th February, from official partner Sainsbury’s and at sportrelief.com.
On Friday 23rd March, Sport Relief will be aired live from Salford on BBC One, where viewers can expect a brilliant night of TV action. The night will include incredible boxing bouts, as celebrities take to the ring and go toe-to-toe after months of hard-hitting training. Spencer Matthews, Wayne Bridge, Vanessa White and Hannah Spearritt are getting ready to rumble, with plenty more names and exciting telly treats to be announced.