Vernon Kay: Radio 2 star completes Children in Need challenge - how to donate and incredible amount raised

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The BBC Radio 2 presenter has toiled for four days - coming through Manchester before finishing on home soil in Bolton.

Bolton favourite Vernon Kay has completed his epic ultramarathon Challenge in aid of Children in Need. The 49-year-old BBC Radio 2 presenter has travelled from Leicester to his hometown club Bolton Wanderers - running and walking the whole 115 miles.

Day three saw him take on the toughest of challenges as he hiked up Kinder Scout in the Peak District before finishing at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. The final day on Friday included Vernon passing his old school St Joseph's RC High School in Horwich before finishing at the Toughsheet Community Stadium. He has had a team of 25 people with him, including a sports therapist.

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"It's been one of the most painful and joyous experiences I've ever had," Vernon said at the finish line as he teared up talking to Zoe Ball's Breakfast Show.

Vernon Kay has already raised an incredible amount for Children in Need 

Vernon Kay has already raised an incredible amount for Children in Need
Vernon Kay has already raised an incredible amount for Children in Need | Courtesy of BBC Children In Need

How much has Vernon Kay raised for Children in Need so far? 

Before he started the challenge Vernon said he felt the pressure to complete the challenge and raise money. Last year The Bodycoach Joe Wicks took on the ultramarathon and raised £500,000. Vernon has already beaten that total and on day three and by the time he arrived in Bolton he had raised a staggering £4million. The final total will be announced on Friday’s Children in Need programme on BBC One from 7pm.

How can I donate to support Vernon Kay and Children in Need?

For details on how to donate head over to his ultramarathon challenge website.

Will Vernon Kay's challenge be available to watch?

Watch Children in Need 2023 on Friday November 17 BBC One from 7pm.

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