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The stars line up to take part in this year's Sport Relief

20th January 2010

David Beckham launches Sport Relief today in one of the official t-shirts designed by the entire Beckham family. 
Victoria, David, Brooklyn, Romeo and even little Cruz have created a series of tops for Sport Relief with the aim of inspiring the nation to rise to the charitable challenge.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are expected to run the Sport Relief Mile on the weekend of March 20-21, with all money raised going towards the needy in the UK and the rest of the world.

A host of famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment will be taking part in Sport Relief, including The One Show's Christine Bleakley, who will be water-skiing across the English Channel.

The TV personality will be attempting to water ski across the English Channel to raise cash for Sport Relief which means she’ll need to stay afloat on her skis at an incredible speed for well over an hour as she navigates the 21 mile stretch of choppy water.

Christine knows that water skiing across one of the world’s busiest shipping channels will be no mean feat. She says “This is a phenomenal personal challenge and I will be pushing myself to the limit to make sure I have the technique perfected and can stay calm under pressure. I can neither water ski or swim terribly well but I am determined to go the distance and raise as much cash as possible for Sport Relief.’

Blue Peter’s Helen Skelton, will attempt to become the first woman to kayak the Amazon river. It will take her 6 long weeks to cover the 2,010 miles.

Rugby international Lawrence Dallaglio will cycle from Rome to all the Six Nations stadiums in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

On Friday, 19 March, the BBC will air a night of entertainment, with highlights including a sketch by comedy actor James Corden as his Gavin and Stacey character, Smithy, as well as special editions of Masterchef and Top Gear.

Frank Skinner will host a special edition of A Question of Sport Relief and there will also be a unique Strictly Come Dancing challenge for two twinkle-toed celebrities. 
Presenter Fearne Cotton, racing driver Jenson Button and TV presenter Claudia Winkleman are also involved in the charity campaign. 

Boxer Amir Khan has also signed up to Sport Relief. Since its launch in 2002, more than 1.25 million people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £75 million.

In 2006, actor David Walliams swam across the English Channel in aid of the charity, while, last year, comedian Eddie Izzard raised £200,000 by running a marathon a day around the UK.

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