THE bells of Stanford-le-Hope’s St Margaret’s church rang across the nation and were heard around the world as they marked the remarkable fundraising efforts of Thurrock celebrity Rylan Clark-Neal reports The Thurrock Independent.
The former Gable Hall School student who has become a treasured national hero hosting TV and radio shows, has raised almost a million pounds for the BBC’s Children In Need charity after undertaking a 24 hour singing marathon.
The event, dubbed KaRYoke, was broadcast live on radio TV and in pictures via the BBC’s red button service.
And when he finished his marathon effort on Wednesday morning, he broke down in tears as the sound of his home town church’s bells rang out in celebration and were relayed to the studio, the radio station and around the world
The BBC later revealed that £200,000 had been raised in the final hour of the event alone and the number could still grow, as fans can still donate.
The grand total will be revealed on Friday. By Wednesday evening it was at £968,000!”That’s unbelievable, thank you so much,” said the star.
The presenter belted out 231 songs, assisted by more than 90 celebrity guests, including Rick Astley, Nicole Scherzinger and Craig David during his marathon effort.
“I am in such a state this morning,” Clark-Neal told Radio 2’s Zoe Ball as he approached the end of the challenge. “It doesn’t feel real. None of it feels real.
“I genuinely cannot thank each person that has donated enough, and thank you so much to everyone who came down to show their support and see me through. I’ll forever be grateful.”
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