Dan Walker was all smiles when he caught up with the stars of Kilimanjaro: The Return, sharing a picture of the cast online. In a photo uploaded to his Instagram account, the journalist posed beside retired Labour MP Ed Balls and Pointless host Alexander Armstrong. Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall, as well as Love Island 2018 champion Dani Dyer were also in the picture. But Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas and Loose Women regular Anita Rani were noticeably absent from the snap.
Captioning the sweet image, Dan told his 68,2000 followers he was thrilled to reunite with them following their climb up Africa’s highest mountain for Comic Relief.
“Brilliant to see everyone last night,” the 41-year-old BBC Breakfast presenter penned.
He went on to say he was stunned by the amount of money the group had raised for the worthy cause and encouraged his fans to continue to donate.
“Absolutely staggered that the total now stands at £2.7 million quid,” the father-of-three revealed.
“You can still watch the documentary by searching for ‘Comic Relief’ on the BBC iPlayer and the donation link stays in my bio.”
Naturally, fans of the star praised him and the others for supporting Comic Relief by trekking Kilimanjaro by commenting below the photograph.
One person gushed: “You were all inspirational and very brave, thank you,” another person said: “We are very proud of you all.”
A third admirer exclaimed: “Well done to you all, very brave lot it looked very scary!” while a fourth said: “Congratulations to you all for taking part in Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, brilliant work amazing.”
Someone else shared: “I watched this film this morning and was in tears most of the way through it. You all did amazingly well. Well done!”
BBC released the documentary, following the celebrities climb up Africa’s largest mountain, on March 13 just days before Red Nose Day.
In the programme Shirley, 58, admitted to struggling with the task before Dan made her laugh with his bizarre dance moves.
Dan brought a smile to the ballroom dancer’s face when he attempted the Paso Doble during a break from climbing.
Shirley was in the middle of an interview when the cheeky broadcaster interrupted to ask her about a camp object.
Calling out to her, he held open a large red cloth and asked: “Are these the bed blankets? Shirley where else do you get a gingham bed blanket, hey? Look what I’ve managed to find for you here.”
Throwing the cover over his shoulders, he exclaimed: “This could be a cape, could do a bit of Paso Doble with this.”
As he burst into dance, flaring his arms about wildly as he tried to impress the professional dancer, Shirley laughed before saying: ‘That’s funny!”
Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb is available to watch on catch up on BBC iPlayer.