It was another successful year for Sports Relief
Coldplay have got in on the whole Spots Relief shebang by donating a hefty sum to Jo Whiley’s walking challenge, putting £260k toward the Radio 2 DJ’s running task. And lead singer Chris Martin has gone and joined The (American) Voice. Busy times.
Jo Whiley does her bit for charity
Many big stars have been exerting themselves physically in the name of charity, with Davina McCall’s effort sapping everything the presenter had. Jo said: "I have loved my challenge. It has had some highs and lows." It has truly been one of the most amazing experiences ever, but everything was worth it for Sport Relief.”
And on Coldplay’s contribution: “I am blown away by Coldplay's generosity and it has made this challenge all the more sweeter.” The band confirmed their donation with a Tweet, which read: “Massive respect to the incredible, indegafatible @jowhiley £10K per hour makes £260K sponsorship from us @sportrelief love coldplay”
Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter, Nick Grimshaw alsomucked in. He contributed 1,000 miles to the total during his 12 hour cycling task. He managed to raise an amazing £11,582 in just one day. Mel C, Paloma Faith and Peter Andre also dropped by to keep her company on the treadmill.
It marks a busy week for Coldplay; NBC’s singing competition show The Voice has recruited the band’s frontman to join the show. Chris Martin will participate in three episodes (March 31 and April 1 and 7) during which he will be advising the contestants on singing techniques and stage presence.
The Coldplay lads were more than willing to donate
Overall, the annual effort raised a grand total of £51,242,186, it was announced at the end of the broadcast. Host Fearne Cotton described the achievement, which beat the record £50.4m raised during the last Sport Relief show two years ago, as "mind blowing".