Sport Relief 2020 officially launched on Tuesday (February 4) and will benefit a number of regional charities including the East Surrey YMCA.

The community centre, based in Redhill, will receive some of the money raised in this year's nationwide fundraising extravaganza for unique youth-focused programmes in the area.

A spokesperson said that this year the East Surrey branch have proposed a special event designed to improve communication between parents, children and staff:

"These mental health champions have proposed a 'meet and eat' project to work with younger children aged 9-11 and their parents, supported by money raised by Sport Relief.

"As a result, children and parents will both be better equipped to deal with issues as they arise," a YMCA spokesperson said.

Stuart Kingsley, Head of Youth Services at the centre, described what it meant for the charity:

"It is vital to receive funding to be able to offer services for young people," he said.

"Without this funding we wouldn’t be able to deliver our programmes.

"The young people who attend tell us it makes a huge difference to their lives.

"Having somewhere to meet their peers, come and talk to a youth worker in a safe environment is really important," Kingsley added.

Since last Sport Relief, some of the money raised has helped support 14 organisations in the South East.

This year, half of the funds raised will go towards helping charities and causes within the UK.

The big day itself falls on March 13.