Organisers said it was too early to put a figure on the total money raised as donations were still coming in. The previous event, held in 2005, raised a total of £65m.
TV viewers were encouraged to donate their cash following several eye-catching-performances - including a sketch featuring Prime Minister Tony Blair with comedienne Catherine Tate, and celebrity versions of The Apprentice and Comic Relief Fame Academy.
Elsewhere, Age Concern has climbed from seventh to third in the table following the publication of a report investigating apparent age discrimination by insurance groups towards older people.
According to the Association of British Insurers, drivers in their 70s are 72 per cent more likely to cause accidents than those in their 60s. The charity has contested the figures, claiming that ‘there are no independent statistics anywhere, which just proves that older drivers have more accidents or are more likely to claim on their travel insurance'.
Unicef has dropped from last month's top spot and features ninth this time around, as the fallout from its widely covered Child Wellbeing Report subsides.
However, the report's findings on international child development continue to be discussed by the UK government.
NGO WATCH March 2007 ranking
|Ranking ||NGO ||No. of mentions |
|01.||Comic Relief ||992|
|03.||Age Concern ||347|
|04.|| Friends of the Earth ||324|
|06.||Red Cross ||305|
|08.|| Citizen’s Advice Bureau ||247|
|10.||Cancer Research ||234|