Comic Relief celebrates most successful fundraising campaign to date

Total raised so far this year stands at £102m, compared with previous record of £80m in 2009

The Wanted supporting Red Nose Day
The Wanted supporting Red Nose Day
Comic Relief has raised a record £102m so far this year, according to figures released today, compared with the previous record of £80m raised at the last event in 2009.

The fundraising drive, which takes place every two years, raises money to help poor and vulnerable people in the UK and Africa.

Of the total, £86m was raised in donations by the public, including a record £15m in text donations.

More than £11m was raised from the supermarket chain Sainsbury's, as a result of sales of Red Nose Day merchandise and fundraising efforts by staff.

A 52-hour, non-stop radio marathon by the Radio 1 DJs Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave raised more than £2.6m.

Nine celebrities raised more than £1.3m by taking part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek across the Kaisut Desert in Kenya.

A further £16m has been contributed by the government.

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