In January 2013, James took part in the Red Nose Day ‘Hell and High Water Challenge’. He and other celebrities journeyed along the Zambezi River for 5 days raising money to build a new school in the region. They raised well over £1 million for the charity.

On 2 March 2013, James appeared on the Let’s Dance for Comic Relief judging panel.

In 2014, James was part of ‘Team Coe’ in the Sport Relief ‘Clash of The Titans’. His team won the competition held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He took part in the cycling, synchronized swimming and swimming relay.

In February 2015, he, Chris Smith, Yasmin Evans (of 1Xtra Breakfast) and Alex Jones traveled to Uganda to take part in Operation Health. There, they helped to rebuild the Iyolwa Health Centre in Eastern Uganda, using money raised by Comic Relief. In total, the Radio 1 audience raised £551,405.

In February 2016, for Sport Relief, Greg underwent the tough challenge, dubbed the ‘Gregathlon’, of completing five Triathlons in 5 days, in 5 different cities across the UK, hosting his Drivetime Radio 1 show after completing his daily Triathlon, raising £1 million for charity.

Greg also supports Coppafeel a charity raising awareness of breast cancer.

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