Comic Relief raises £75.1 million

This year's Comic Relief has raised a record £75.1 million so far, beating 2011's total of £74.3 million. Celebrities on the live Red Nose Day show included Jessie J, One Direction, Peter Kay and even David Brent.

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'Extraordinary generosity' of public during Comic Relief

Once again the extraordinary generosity of the British public has put Comic Relief in a position to be able to serve thousands upon thousands of people with very hard lives in Africa and the UK.

It's almost impossible to thank enough all those who took part in the event, all the members of the public who fund-raised and all those who gave so generously on the night.

– Richard Curtis, Comic Relief co-founder


Jessie J has head shaved in aid of Comic Relief

Jessie J has thanked her fans for donating to Comic Relief after having her head shaved live on television to raise money for the charity.

Jessie J posts a picture of her newly shaved head in aid of Comic Relief. Credit: Instagram/isthatjessiej

She wrote on Twitter, "I am soooo thankful to everyone who has donated @rednoseday and supported me tonight! My heart is filled with with happiness! Lets make a change! X"

The singer said shaving her head "is the smallest thing I can do to give back to these people who need it so much".

The singer thanked her fans on Twitter for donating to the charity. Credit: Instagram/isthatjessiej

Jessie J has raised more than £500,000 so far by having her trademark locks shaved off.


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
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