Joe Wicks reveals his fans have helped him raise more than £91k for the NHS via YouTube PE lessons


Joe Wicks has proudly revealed that his fans have helped raise more than £91,000 through his daily PE lessons on YouTube amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Body Coach star, 33, took to Instagram on Monday morning to make the announcement, following four weeks of workouts – at a rate of five times a week – with his almost 1.7million subscribers. 

Sharing a snap of himself displaying the amount raised, he wrote: ‘I’m super happy to announce that as a global community training together with #pewithjoe we have raised an incredible £91,256.38 for the @nhscharitiestogether fund…❤️

 

Impressive: Joe Wicks has proudly revealed that his fans have helped raise more than £91,000 through his daily PE lessons on YouTube amid the COVID-19 lockdown

‘This is every penny so far raised from the 20 workouts we have done together. Thank you so much for taking part and helping raise all this money for a cause which I feel we can all be proud of.

‘The great news is we can grow this number even bigger each week by coming back and tuning in again. Will I see you tomorrow at 9am? To all the NHS staff we LOVE and appreciate you ❤️ #PEWithJoeWe have done 20 workouts together.’

Also taking to his Instagram Stories to make the announcement in a video, the visibly elated star told his followers: ‘Thank you with all my heart for generating this and helping us raise money. It’s going to get bigger, the numbers are going to grow.

Big announcement: The Body Coach star, 33, took to Instagram on Monday to make the announcement, following four weeks of workouts with his almost 1.7million subscribers

Proud: He also flashed a snap of the figure raised on his Instagram Stories

Big announcement: The Body Coach star, 33, took to Instagram on Monday to make the announcement, following four weeks of workouts with his almost 1.7million subscribers

Gratitude: The star told his followers, 'Thank you with all my heart for generating this and helping us raise money. It's going to get bigger, the numbers are going to grow'

Gratitude: The star told his followers, ‘Thank you with all my heart for generating this and helping us raise money. It’s going to get bigger, the numbers are going to grow’

‘The more workouts we do together over the next month it’s going to get a bigger number and we can donate even more. So thank you so much.’

Joe’s good news comes a week after he proudly unveiled his new ‘gold play button’ YouTube award after gaining 1.4 million subscribers in just three weeks following the success of his PE lessons.

He took to Instagram to share a snap of himself holding the accolade as he revealed that it was also the community’s gong.

The star has been keeping the nation and world fit during the COVID-19 crisis by sharing daily PE lessons for people to follow at home amid lockdown. He has been donating any money generated to the NHS.

He also admitted that he has been working for the ‘gold play button’, which YouTubers receive after gaining one million subscribers, since he first shared his workout video in 2011. 

Hooray! On Tuesday, the star proudly unveiled his new 'gold play button' YouTube award on after gaining 1.4 million subscribers in just three weeks following the success of his PE lessons

Celebrate! The star took to Instagram to share a snap of himself holding the accolade as he revealed that it was also the community's gong

Hooray! On Tuesday, the star proudly unveiled his new ‘gold play button’ YouTube award on after gaining 1.4 million subscribers in just three weeks following the success of his PE lessons

Fans: Many of Joe's 3.5 million Instagram fans and celebrity pals were quick to react with Kate Ferdinand and Olly Murs leading the congratulations

Fans: Many of Joe’s 3.5 million Instagram fans and celebrity pals were quick to react with Kate Ferdinand and Olly Murs leading the congratulations

Setting himself a new target, the fitness star revealed that his next goal is 10 million subscribers and the ‘diamond play button’.

Joe penned: ‘Look what just arrived my gold play button. Thank you to everyone who subscribes to The Body Coach TV and to those who don’t subscribe but still view my workouts.

‘Three weeks ago I had only 800,000 subscribers and today I have 2.2million which is just mind blowing. I’ve worked so hard on this since I shared my first workout video in 2011.

‘I want to say a big thank you to @nikkiwicks and @dom_seymour my brother and best mate who have been there with me every step of the way and helped me shoot, edit and share every single workout ❤️ 

‘This is our community’s award. Let’s keep growing. Next stop 10 million subscribers and the diamond play button. Thank you @youtube for this amazing gift.’ [sic]

Motivation: It comes after Joe credited the motivation behind his success to his troubled childhood (pictured in November 2019)

Motivation: It comes after Joe credited the motivation behind his success to his troubled childhood (pictured in November 2019) 

Many of Joe’s 3.5 million Instagram followers and celebrity pals were quick to react with Kate Ferdinand and Olly Murs leading the congratulations.

It comes after Joe credited the motivation behind his success to his troubled childhood.

The Body Coach also revealed that he’d love to have ‘four or five more’ children with wife Rosie Jones, in addition to their daughter Indie, 21-months, and son Marley, four-months. 

In recent weeks Joe has seen his popularity soar with his daily work out routines on his social media.

And with the star tipped for bigger things to come, the exercise guru reflected on the journey that has brought him here today, stating his difficult upbringing spurred him on to lead a healthier lifestyle. 

Oh baby! The star revealed that he'd love to have 'four or five more' children with wife Rosie Jones, in addition to their daughter Indie, nearly two, and son Marley, four months

Oh baby! The star revealed that he’d love to have ‘four or five more’ children with wife Rosie Jones, in addition to their daughter Indie, nearly two, and son Marley, four months

In an interview with The Sun, Joe told how his father Gary was a drug addict and his mother Raquela was ‘on the social’, with Joe and his two brother fed unhealthy food at home.

He added that he grew up in a ‘chaotic home’ on a council estate in Epsom, Surrey, where money was tight and his mother lacked the ‘education’ on what to give her sons.

He said: ‘My diet was absolutely shocking. When you grow up in a council estate and there’s not a lot of money about, there’s a lot of meal deals, frozen pies, crispy pancakes, potato waffles, fish fingers and a lot of chocolate.’

He went on to say that while he wasn’t overweight with his unhealthy diet, he was a ‘hyperactive’ child, with exercise a good outlet for him. 

He added: ‘We used to drink a carton of Sunny Delight when we got home from school. That was probably 200g of sugar. I was never an overweight kid, just hyperactive. The one constant I had throughout my life was exercise.’ 

Past: With the star tipped for bigger things to come, the exercise guru reflected on the journey that has brought him here today, stating his difficult upbringing spurred him on to lead a healthier lifestyle

Past: With the star tipped for bigger things to come, the exercise guru reflected on the journey that has brought him here today, stating his difficult upbringing spurred him on to lead a healthier lifestyle

Joe went on to add that while his parents split in 2001, they remain a close family with his dad kicking his drug habit while his mum returned to education and trained to be a social worker.

Meanwhile, Joe is happily married with a family of his own, having married former Page 3 model Rosie, 29, in an idyllic woodland ceremony last year. 

The couple have daughter Indie, who will be two in July and son Marley, four months.

However, despite being thrilled about being a dad of two, Joe insisted that he’d love several more.  

He gushed: ‘I’ve got a boy and a girl and I just love it so much. I could talk about how fatherhood changed my life all day… I want more kids in the future, for sure – four or five.’  

Family: He added that he grew up in a 'chaotic home' on a council estate in Epsom, Surrey, where money was tight and his mother lacked the 'education' on what to give her sons (pictured with mum Raquela and older brother Nicky)

Family: He added that he grew up in a ‘chaotic home’ on a council estate in Epsom, Surrey, where money was tight and his mother lacked the ‘education’ on what to give her sons (pictured with mum Raquela and older brother Nicky)

Baby plans! He said, 'I¿ve got a boy and a girl and I just love it so much. I could talk about how fatherhood changed my life all day... I want more kids in the future, for sure ¿ four or five'

Baby plans! He said, ‘I’ve got a boy and a girl and I just love it so much. I could talk about how fatherhood changed my life all day… I want more kids in the future, for sure – four or five’

Last month, Joe spoke about his fundraising efforts with his fitness initiative, telling Good Morning Britain: ‘I’ve done UK tours, schools. I’ve done YouTube live workouts, I thought why not do it again? I was supposed to be on another tour. 

‘We’ve had 22 million views, it’s been unbelievable. I’ve reached millions of families and kids.’

Talking about donating the money from ad revenue to the NHS, he said: ‘I saw the views and its unprecedented. YouTube is a massive part of my business, I saw the numbers [ad revenue] and was blown away. That is going to the NHS.’ 

Joe is also reported to land a £1million book deal after the success of his YouTube PE classes.

The new venture is said to be ‘gold’ to publishers who are desperate to cash in on the Body Coach star’s following.

MailOnline contacted Joe’s representative for comment.

Legend: Last month, Joe revealed that he had earned more than £80,000 in revenue from his videos in the last week alone and he would be donating it all to the NHS

Legend: Last month, Joe revealed that he had earned more than £80,000 in revenue from his videos in the last week alone and he would be donating it all to the NHS

So kind: He told GMB: 'In the past week alone, the ad is almost at £80k ($100,000 US dollars). Every penny, all of that money is going to the NHS. The more we do it, the more we raise, I'm so proud of that'

So kind: He told GMB: ‘In the past week alone, the ad is almost at £80k ($100,000 US dollars). Every penny, all of that money is going to the NHS. The more we do it, the more we raise, I’m so proud of that’

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