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MP for Slough to donate £14,268 to Comic Relief

Fiona Mactaggart MP has pledged to donate £14,268 to Comic Relief, after saying she would donate £1 for every retweet she received before 9 pm of a tweet sent earlier this evening at 8:25 pm.

MP pledges to donate to Comic Relief every time she receives a retweet

Fiona MacTaggart, MP for Slough, has pledged to donate £1 to Comic Relief for every retweet she receives for the tweet posted below before 9 pm.

At the time of writing, the tweet has received thousands of retweets.


Miranda Hart plans wedding for Comic Relief

Comedian and actress Miranda Hart turned wedding planner as she was challenged with arranging a real marriage ceremony in a matter of hours for Comic Relief.

Jennifer Saunders (left) and Dawn French attend the wedding of Ben Springett and Clair Gilchrist Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The star of Miranda and Call the Midwife was given the task as part of her week of work for Comic Relief, called 'Miranda's Mad March' - which has seen her organise a dog show and perform a routine for Strictly Come Dancing.

Ben Springett and Claire Gilchrist leave their wedding that has been planned by Miranda Hart Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hart was told of her latest task during a live broadcast on Radio 2 by DJ Chris Evans. The lucky couple were Claire Gilchrist, 26, and Ben Pringett, 28.

Kirsty Allsop attending the wedding of Ben Springett and Clair Gilchrist Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Kate Moss reads 50 Shades for Comic Relief

Catwalk star Kate Moss put in a model performance on air when she read an extract from the steamy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to raise money for Comic Relief.

The British model had to suppress giggles as she read from the E L James novel during the Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Singer Lily Cooper and comic David Walliams also joined her in the studio, raising more than £250,000.

Kate Moss reads an extract from Fifty Shades of Grey to raise money for Comic Relief. Credit: Nicolas Genin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Dawn French returns as Vicar of Dibley for Comic Relief

Dawn French is following in the footsteps of Ricky Gervais, returning with a one off comeback as the Vicar of Dibley, for Comic Relief.

Featuring Homeland star Damien Lewis as a man of the cloth, Dawn French will revive her role of Geraldine Granger, reuniting with the original cast for the first time in seven years.

Dawn French will reprise her role as Dibley vicar Geraldine Granger Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The ten minute sketch, written by Richard Curtis, will air tomorrow night as part of the Comic Relief broadcast.

Ms French will also deliver the daily Pause For Thought religious slot as the character during the Chris Evans Radio 2 breakfast show earlier in the day.


Peter Kay swaps stand-up for sitting down

Stand up comedian Peter Kay will be spending more time sitting down this week, as he travels from Belfast to London, from the comfort of his sofa.

The funnyman will arrive in London during the Red Nose Day broadcast being screened by BBC1 and BBC2 on Friday evening.

Peter Kay will swap stand-up for sitting down for Comic Relief Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Following the success of previous cover single Is This The Way To Amarillo, Kay has also recorded a new version of the video to the James single Sit Down, with the group's lead singer.

"Having undertaken a rigorous training regime to prepare for the challenge, Peter will not only have to endure the physical strain put on his body, but be mentally psyched up to withstand days of sitting down for the Comic Relief sketch," a spokesman joked.

Eighties stars perform highest ever concert

Eighties stars Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde sang their way into the record books today after performing the highest ever concert together on a jumbo jet.

The Spandau Ballet star and the Kids in America singer put on an acoustic show for 128 passengers on a Boeing 767 aircraft at 43,000 feet (13,000 metres) for Comic Relief.

(left to right) Kim Wilde, Guinness Word Record representative Craig Glenday and Tony Hadley. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
The crowd pictured during the British Airways concert record attempt. Credit: (left to right) Kim Wilde, Guinness representative Craig Glenday and Tony Hadley pictured during British Airways

Comic Relief apologises for Frankie Boyle performance

Comic Relief has apologised to its supporters after Frankie Boyle caused controversy at a charity gig with a string of gags about the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Comedian Frankie Boyle. Credit: Press Association.

The comic was reported to have been booed by the audience at the Give It Up for Comic Relief concert at Wembley Arena after launching into a routine which included jokes about the Queen's recent illness, the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy and the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: "The Give it Up for Comic Relief gig included a range of comedians and performers who all gave their time for free to raise awareness and money for a serious issue.

"We appreciate that not all the personalities who take part in our campaign are to everyone's taste, and hope that our supporters haven't been offended and continue to support Red Nose Day."

Samantha Cameron bakes cakes for Red Nose Day

The Prime Minister's wife has been baking to raise money for Red Nose Day.

A red-wigged Samantha Camera posed for photographs today as she and her children produced tasty treats to be sold in aid of Comic Relief.

Samantha Cameron and her children bake cakes for charity. Credit: PA

The cakes will be sold to staff at Downing Street and money raised will go towards this year's campaign.

amantha Cameron bakes cakes at her home in Downing Street in aid of Red Nose Day. Credit: PA
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