Matt Cardle is supporting this year's Sport Relief

Matt Cardle is supporting this year's Sport Relief

You're getting involved with Sport Relief, what is it exactly that you're doing?

Well, just before Christmas I headed over to Tanzania to see how the money Comic Relief has raised is directly helping people in struggling communities. I spent time with community health agents and saw the new dispensaries and hospitals that have been built.

Why did you want to get involved with this particular charity?

When you're out in somewhere like Tanzania and you see firsthand how hard other people have it and how much they need our help – it becomes obvious that if you can help in some way, then you should!

Are you going to be swimming the River Thames, like David Walliams anytime soon?

I'm not too sure about that haha, but I'm definitely gonna think of something pretty 'out there'.

You've recently been to the No Limits HQ in Southampton to see how the project has been benefiting from money raised through Sport Relief. What was that like?

It was great to go and meet the kids and again see how money raised is actually benefitting people in this country too. I met a guy who was homeless and jobless. With the help of No Limits, they got him a flat and a job and it has turned his life around.

You've got a tour coming up, how are preparations going for that? Are you looking forward to it?

I'm so excited. This is something I've worked all my life for. We're kicking off rehearsals in a couple of weeks. Can't wait.

You've also got a new single coming out soon, can you tell us a little bit about it?

It's essentially a love song. It's one of the first songs I wrote for the album down in Brighton. The song is about finding that special person or being found by them…. gushhhh

Your new album has just gone platinum, how does that make you feel?

Makes me feel incredible!! It's definitely a dream come true… if somebody had told me a couple of years ago that I would have a platinum selling album, I wouldn't have believed them. I'm just so glad people are enjoying it!

Finally, Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey admitted that he had a huge man crush on you, what do you think of that?

I think it's cool! I'm a big fan of his and I love Downton Abbey… call me Hugh. 

Sport Relief 2012 is on its way from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March. Pick up your Sport Relief T-shirt at Sportsdirect.com, both in-store and online. For more information go to sportrelief.com

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