The main campaign for Sport Relief 2012 drew to a close and with over £52 million being raised (and counting) it was the most successful yet. Openreach were heavily involved through supporting the BT Sport Relief Challenges, the BT Sport Relief Ball and through the many employee-led fundraising events. Over £1 million was raised by Openreach and BT, along with supplying all the telephony support (lines and manpower) during the telethon over the 23rd and 24th of March 2012.
And we'd like to thank our generous customers and suppliers who've also contributed to this very worthy cause, which is saving and changing lives all around the world.
It all started in September 2011 when David Walliams took on the Thames, swimming 140 miles over eight days. John Bishop took on Challenge 2 at the end of February 2012, accomplishing a gruelling 185 mile cycle, rowing the Channel and then running three consecutive marathons from Dover to London. Finally, cricket ace Freddie Flintoff attempted to beat 14 Guinness World Records in 12 hours (he did 12) all for Sport Relief.
On 28 March 2012 over a thousand guests, including John Bishop and Freddie Flintoff, attended the BT Sport Relief Ball at the Grosvenor Hotel in London where they ate, drank, made merry and raised even more money for Sport Relief. Brian Ferry and Will Young provided the headline entertainment while funny man Paddy McGuinness hosted the evening's events and auction.
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).
The charity never closes and the needs never go away, so you can donate to Sport Relief and help change lives any time.