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Last Updated: Friday March 13 2009 20:12 GMT

Saturdays kick off Comic Relief

Maddy checks out Comic Relief

The Saturdays have kicked off Comic Relief 2009, performing the charity's official single on BBC1.

They sang Just Can't Get Enough to start the TV show, with Doctor Who star David Tennant and Davina McCall presenting the first part.

And before the first hour had come to an end more than 3m had been raised.

Comic Relief bosses hope to smash the record set in 2007, by raising more than 40m. Money raised will go towards helping people in Africa, and the UK.

All day on Friday kids across the UK joined in the fun to raise money for Comic Relief.

The Saturdays
The Saturdays start Comic Relief
Some pupils went to school wearing crazy clothes, or took part in special events to raise cash.

On Thursday, the nine celebs who climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro were rewarded for scaling the highest mountain in Africa with tea at Number 10 Downing Street.

The group, including Girls Aloud's Cheryl Cole, and Gary Barlow from Take That, have already raised more than 1.5m.

Doing something funny?
Maisie was wearing her pyjamas to school!
The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, congratulated the group and said the government would donate another 2m to charities tackling the disease malaria.

Unforgettable

Gary Barlow said: "To think that our efforts on the mountain and the incredible generosity of the public have inspired school children and have now been supported by the Government is unbelievable.

"What an unforgettable day," he added.

The supermarket Sainsbury's says there have been record sales of red noses this year, with an average 100,000 noses sold every day.