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Sophies 24-hour danceathon raises more than £1million for Children In Need

Nov 17, 2021

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The 42-year-old singer, who changed into a succession of sparkly dresses along the way, embarked on the challenge on Tuesday morning and finished on Wednesday with Abba’s Dancing Queen.

Towards the end Sophie became tearful as she was reunited with her mother Janet Ellis, her husband, The Feeling bassist Richard Jones, and their five sons for the final half hour. Richard added extra support by accompanying his pop star wife on renditions of her hits Take Me Home and Murder On The Dancefloor.

The initial total was £803,384 but additional donations after the challenge raised it to £1,009,317.

Sophie, who was inspired by the Kitchen Discos she hosted during lockdown, told Zoe Ball’s breakfast show: “This has been extraordinary. I always thought this would be an amazing privilege to have done.”

She was joined in person and via video link by celebrity guests including Michael Ball, Rylan Clark, Beverley Knight and boy band JLS at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Ed Sheeran, Rick Astley and Sir Elton John sent messages of support, as did Joe Wicks, who completed a 24-hour workout for Children In Need last year.

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Since May last year, Sophie has hosted several Kitchen Disco shows on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Head of Radio 2 Helen Thomas said yesterday: “All of us would like to say the hugest thank you to Sophie for agreeing to undertake a 24-hour disco danceathon.

“Thank you to all the wonderful Radio 2 listeners who have donated and all those who joined at any point.

“We are all in awe of Sophie’s accomplishment.”

  • This year’s Children In Need takes place on Friday 19th November and will be televised on BBC One from 7pm to 10pm.

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