Hero's welcome for £1m David Walliams

Tuesday September 13, 2011

David Walliams celebrates the end of his 140-mile charity swim along the entire length of the River Thames.

The funnyman raised more than £1 million, completing his journey in eight days.

As he swam to the finish, thousands of fans were waiting at Westminster Bridge to greet him.

The Little Britain star's final approach was one of the most gruelling of his journey as he battled the tidal section of the river, dodging debris and strong currents.

Also waiting to welcome the hero were his wife model Lara Stone, Lenny Henry, Barbara Windsor, comedian Miranda Hart and Olympic rower Steve Redgrave.

He told fans: "Thank you so much, thank you for your waves, your cheers, but most of all thank you for your donations.

"This would be completely meaningless unless you all put your hands in your pocket.

"I know times are hard so I really, really thank you from the heart, you're really going to make peoples' lives better."

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