Joe Wicks has raised a whopping £2.1m for Children In Need after taking on the challenge of exercising for 24 hours straight.
But The Body Coach’s total has continued to rise throughout the day, with the grand total being announced during BBC One’s Children In Need programme.
The show’s hosts Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott revealed that Joe had broken through the £2m barrier, raising a total of £2,108,229.
‘I can’t believe that! That is incredible’ Joe said in shock as gold confetti rained down on him.
‘Times are tough, and people have come out and been so generous and kind to donate. £2m is so much money, it’s going to help so many children, so thank you to everyone that’s helped.’
Joe Wicks during his 24-hour workout (Picture: BBC Children in Need help)
Joe told Chris and Alex that the workout marked the ‘longest day and night’ of his life, revealing that he only slept for two and a half hours afterwards.
‘But, you know, you have that adrenaline running through your body still, so I’m so exhausted,’ he said.
‘My body aches, my bum, my feet, everything, but I’m so proud of what we have done.’
Later on in the show, it was revealed the amount Joe raised for Children In Need had increased to £2,248,479.
Joe was also presented with a gold Blue Peter badge on the programme.
Earlier this year, Joe became a household name across the nation when he launched his online PE lessons during lockdown, helping people keep fit as they remained in their homes.
The fitness guru was later awarded with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, having achieved a Guinness World Record with the workouts and raised £580,000 for the NHS.
‘I can’t quite believe it … To receive this is just incredible. I’m so proud that I’ve done something which helps so many people,’ he told PA.
He added that he felt ‘proud’ to have become an individual ‘who’s helping people’.
‘My childhood and how I grew up, if you met me as a little boy you’d have thought, he’s not going to go anywhere, he’s not going to do anything great,’ he said.
‘But I’ve turned it around and I really am proud I’ve become this person who’s helping people.’
Joe isn’t the first star to have taken on the gruelling task of a 24-hour challenge for Children In Need.
In 2019, Rylan Clark-Neal raised over £1m by singing karaoke for 24 hours straight, while in 2018, Strictly co-presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman raised a similar amount by taking part in a 24-hour dance-a-thon.
Last year, Children In Need raised £47,886,382. We’ll just have to wait to see if this year can top that incredible amount!
Children In Need is airing on BBC One from 7pm. It will later be available to watch on demand on BBC iPlayer.
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.