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Sports Relief is back this week running from the 17-23 March 2018

March 14th 2018
By: Melanie
Sports Relief is back this week running from the 17-23 March 2018

It's that time of year again when people around the UK get up and get active in order to raise money for Sport Relief. Money from this event goes towards helping people around the globe, dealing with challenges such as Malaria, depression and poverty. Since last year’s Sport Relief the money has gone towards treating 900,000 people across Africa with anti-malarial drugs, 3.4 million people in Africa through maternal, neonatal and child health funding and helping over 50,000 people in the UK with mental health problems. 

Instead of raising money through comedy Sport Relief also encourages participants to get active in order to raise money, which in turn helps fitness and mental health, with some people continuing to stay fit long after the event. 

This year in order to raise money the charity is setting a Billion Step Challenge and have created an app to help you get your steps in and raise money for charity. The app has everything to get you started from tracking your steps, to creating leagues so that you compete against friends and workmates. You can also take on a celebrity challenge, and have access to exclusive celebrity workout videos and tips. 

If walking isn’t your thing then there are lots of ways in which you can get involved whether your a school or a business, check out their fundraising for. fundraising page full of tips, posters and more.

A number of celebrities get involved each year, this year Zoe Ball, the TV presenter has taken part in cycling challenge of covering 350 miles in just five days - starting from Blackpool to Widnes, Widnes to Upton Magna on day two, Day 3 Upton Magna to Stratford Upon Avon and the final day Marlow to Brighton. So far she’s managed to raise a staggering £500,114 for Comic Relief. Zoe’s motivation came from wanting to raise money for people with mental health issues. Before starting on her cycling challenge she visited the Tomorrow Project which has been set up to help support individuals and communities to prevent suicide.