£730k raised by Sara Cox’s Radio 2 Danceathon
Sara Cox has been dancing for 24 hours to 80s music at Wogan House to raise money for Comic Relief.
The Radio 2 presenter started at 9.30am on Monday morning and has just finished, after listeners donated £730,271. The entire event was in vision online and via the Red Button, and included special guests Tony Hadley, Pat Sharp, Go West, Owen Paul, Ed Balls, Jo Brand, Marc Almond and many more.
UPDATE: Sara how now raised over a million pounds for charity. Sara says: “Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the gorgeous people who donated cash – the money is seriously going to make a massive difference! I’ve seen first-hand where the money raised through Red Nose Day goes and it really does change lives, here in the UK and across the world. THANK YOU!”
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, says: “Everyone at Radio 2 is hugely proud of Sara’s dancing efforts, and I’d like to congratulate her on raising over £1 million pounds for Comic Relief – a truly remarkable achievement.”
Three years ago, colleague Jo Whiley did something similar for Sport Relief when she was on a treadmill for 24 hours in a glass box outside New Broadcasting House. Last week, BBC Radio 1 also held a 24-hour on-air event for Red Nose Day, hosted by Scott Mills. Scott also hosted part of the Dancethon, making his Radio 2 presenting debut.
Before the event, Sara said: “I like dancing if I’m at a party and I’ve had a little glass of Prosecco, but actually dancing for 24 hours and people being able to watch me…! It’ll be on the Radio 2 website. It’s also going to be on the Red Button. The music that you hear on Radio 2 you’ll also see the videos on the Red Button and you’ll see me in the corner in a little mini screen, dancing away. It’s going to be huge fun, it’s going to be hard but I know with your help I’ll be able to do it.”