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Sport Relief raises more than £38m for charities

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Media captionSport Relief: BBC v ITV in battle of the channels

The BBC's Sport Relief event had raised £38,195,278 for charitable causes by the end of its live TV show.

The programme included celebrity boxing matches, a 12-hour five-a-side game and a special version of Strictly Come Dancing.

The fundraising marathon, which raised more than £55m when it was last held in 2016, helps vulnerable people in the UK and around the world.

Show hosts included Claudia Winkleman, Freddie Flintoff and Ore Oduba.

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Image caption Andy Murray had to take part in a quiz in the middle of the night

"Sport Relief is always a really special night and this evening, once again, we've seen the public show just how generous they are," said another of the presenters, Davina McCall.

One segment involved two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray being surprised by comedian Michael McIntyre in the middle of the night as he barged into his hotel room.

The tennis player, 30, then had to play Midnight Gameshow - which involved being tested on his knowledge of Spice Girls' lyrics with Ginger Spice Geri Horner perched on his bed.

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The BBC won an Oxford v Cambridge style-boat race with ITV and presenter Helen Skelton beat Love Island's Camilla Thurlow in a boxing match.

Also taking part in "celebrity boxing" were former footballer Wayne Bridge, Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews, S Club 7's Hannah Spearritt and The Saturdays' Vanessa White.

Image caption Helen Skelton faced Camilla Thurlow in Celebrity Boxing

Footballers Alex Scott, Chris Kamara and David Ginola battled it out in the Strictly Come Dancing special.

FA Women's Super League player Alex Scott and her partner, Strictly pro Pasha Kovalev were announced Strictly champions.

Throughout the evening actors including Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Tennant urged viewers to donate to causes in the UK and overseas.

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Media captionSport Relief: John Barnes, Chris Kamara, Alex Scott & David Ginola dance to World in Motion

During the show it was announced that BBC Radio One DJ Greg James had raised £1,090,522 for Sport Relief by cycling the UK's three highest mountains and the distances between them. The DJ's attempt was disrupted by the extreme weather conditions at the start of this month but he kept a promise to resume it and completed the task a week ago.

The One Show presenter Alex Jones and a group of mums helped raise over £790,000 by undertaking various endeavours including swimming in Loch Ness.

The show, broadcast live from Salford, also featured a sketch showing John Bishop on a mission to help England win the World Cup.

The programme was the culmination of a week of events taking place around the country.

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