Sport Relief night raises tens of millions

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Tens of millions of pounds have been raised after a night of television dedicated to Sport Relief on the BBC, featuring comic sketches with athletes and feats of endurance from celebrities.

England footballers Rob Green, Glen Johnson, Theo Walcott and current captain Scott Parker took on Saturday Kitchen presenter and celebrity chef James Martin in a special edition of the BBC1 show’s Omelette Challenge, with defender Johnson emerging as the winner – despite a few broken shells.

And fashion-mad duo Edina and Patsy also made a return to the small screen with a one-off special of Absolutely Fabulous, with Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Linford Christie and Colin Jackson all putting in cameos.

Comedian Frank Skinner overcame a lifelong phobia of water by swimming 25 metres to raise money for Sport Relief.

Skinner underwent eight weeks of physical and psychological training in order to finish the swim, which he completed despite what he described as “one of my little panics”.

Other appearances included the stars of ITV comedy Benidorm on a special edition of Britain’s Got Talent and a performance from boyband JLS.

The UK Government will match £10m of public donations to Sport Relief, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced.

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