Joe Wicks raises £200,000 for NHS through remote PE class

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Joe Wicks takes part in the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)

Joe Wicks has announced he has raised £200,000 for the NHS through his remote PE class.

The 33-year-old, who has just had surgery on his wrist after a biking accident, made the announcement live on Good Morning Britain today (4 May)

The Body Coach told co-hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard: "I was laying in there on Friday night and Saturday night, and all of Sunday. I was treated by someone from Scotland, Ireland, Iran, Jamaica, Philippines, Sri Lanka and I thought 'What an amazing place.'

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"The NHS isn't just a service. It's a community of people who are out there helping other people.

"It doesn't matter if you walk into that hospital the richest man on earth or the poorest man in town - they love you, they take care of you, they make you feel safe.

"For that, I am eternally grateful. It was the first time ever I had a true experience of gratitude, and that's why I want to say a massive dedication today, because the NHS is a wonderful thing.

"I am proud to announce we have raised £200,000 for the NHS Charities Together."

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With Wicks was his wife Rosie, who is standing in for him on his Youtube PE classes until he recovers.

Joe Wicks and his wife Rosie arriving at York Minster for the wedding of singer Ellie Goulding to Caspar Jopling. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

She said: "I want to make it clear that I am not taking his place. I am just demonstrating the exercises. He is still going to be taking the class. I am just doing whatever he tells me to do.

"I had a baby like four months ago so I have had a bit of a break (from exercise), but now I have got back into it. I will either do Joe's videos or sometimes we will work out together."

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Wicks added: "I'm really proud of her. She is really out of her comfort zone.

"She has not done anything like this before, to do a live workout to probably millions of people. I am so proud and I love you so much for it, darling."

The couple, who have two children, tied the knot back in June 2018.