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PS1BILLI N RELIEF FUN PS1BILLI N RELIEF FUN; FUNNYMEN RAISE SOME SERIOUS CASH RIOUS CASRed Nose Day hit charity landmark.

Byline: Scott D'Arcy

Comic Relief broke the PS1billion barrier in the early hours of yesterday.

The charity drive raised a record PS78million on Red Nose Day to push the total raised over the past 30 years to PS1,047,083,706. Comic Relief mainstay Lenny Henry made the announcement at a packed London Palladium.

His fellow founder filmmaker Richard Curtis said: "When a bunch of comedians got together all those years ago, we dreamed of raising a million or two and never million or two and never imagined the generosity imagined the generosity that would be shown by that would be shown by the British public for so the British public for so many years. many years.

"Figures tell us that the "Figures tell us that the billion pounds have helped billion pounds have helped about 50million people about 50million people in the UK and overseas, in the UK and overseas, 50million people whose lives 50million people whose lives have been changed or saved have been changed or saved by the generosity of people by the generosity of people they've never met. they've never met.

"It's an extraordinary "It's an extraordinary thing that we do in Britain thing that we do in Britain and I'm enormously proud and I'm enormously proud to be part of it. to be part of it.

"Our t hanks to every "Our t hanks to every single person who has ever single person who has ever done their bit over the last 30 done their bit over the last 30 years - both the funny and years - both the funny and the money."

Celebrity fundraisers included X Factor host Dermot O'Leary, who completed a 24-hour danceathon.

Comic Peter Kay donated more than PS2million proceeds PS2million proceeds from the 16-night live run of his revived sitcom Phoenix Nights.

Million more was raised by the sale of red noses and Red Nose T-shirts.

It's an extraordinary thing that we do

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MODEL Saturdays' Mollie King in a Red Nose T-shirt. Far right, Lenny Henry

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Date:Mar 15, 2015
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