Joe Wicks has raised a whopping £2.1m for Children In Need after taking on the challenge of exercising for 24 hours straight.
Earlier today, Joe, 34, shared that he was celebrating raising £1.5m with a refreshing gin and tonic after his strenuous 24-hour workout.
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 host Chris Ramsay and Alex Scott revealed that Joe had broken through the £2m barrier, raising a total of £2,108,229.
After finishing the 24-hour workout earlier today, Joe said he felt ‘so buzzed, full of adrenaline’.
‘I’m gonna bounce all over the room and probably faint downstairs and get to my hotel bedroom and sleep as much as I can,’ he told Zoe Ball.
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.
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