Sport Relief raises more than £40m as hosts of athletes and celebrities help lift spirits

Sport Relief host Gary Lineker has confirmed that a proportion of the £40 million raised will go towards those affected by the coronavirus. 

The Match of the Day presenter said the UK is living through ‘unprecedented times’ as he hosted the event last night, alongside former England and Arsenal footballer Alex Scott and Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness.

The annual fundraiser went ahead in front of a live studio audience in Salford despite the outbreak.

Highlights included a special Line of Duty sketch featuring comedian Lee Mack and a parody of BBC drama Killing Eve, with Stephen Fry, David Walliams, snooker legend Steve Davis and Olympic rower Steve Redgrave all taking part. 

Music came from Rita Ora, Celeste, John Newman and the Pussycat Dolls.

There were also special editions of QI, The Greatest Dancer and A Question of Sport, featuring darts sensation Fallon Sherrock.

Pre-recorded segments saw Olympic rowing champions James Cracknell and Helen Glover guide teams from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky who took to the water at Salford Quays.

Whilst comedian Romesh Ranganathan took on tennis star Andy Murray on a mini golf course.

Meanwhile, Iwan Thomas, Nicola Adams, Gabby Logan, Lineker, Joe Wicks and Alfie Hewett challenged themselves as one to pull a British Airways plane more than 100 metres at Heathrow Airport.

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