Published on February 13th, 2015 | by admin


One Month To Go Until Comic Relief Red Nose Day!

In exactly one month’s time, Red Nose Day, Comic Relief’s flagship telethon event we all know and love, will be back on our screens.

Broadcast live from the London Palladium on Friday 13th March from 7pm on BBC One and BBC Two, Lenny Henry who first launched the initiative during the 1980’s, will be joined by a whole host of the nation’s favourite TV personalities.

Comic Relief, a biennial fundraising event founded in 1985, was the brainchild of Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry who launched the initiative in response to the famine in Ethiopia at that time. It was Christmas Day 1985 on Noel Edmonds’ Late, Late Breakfast Show broadcast on BBC1 that Comic Relief was first launched.

Organised by Comic Relief, the first Red Nose Day took place in February 1988 as over 150 celebrities and comedians took part. The first Red Nose Day telethon was witnessed by 30 million TV viewers, raising over £15 million for charity.

The second Red Nose Day in 1989 saw £27 million raised for charity and donations have risen steadily in recent years from £74.3 million in 2011 to £75.1 million in 2013. Only time will tell what money will be raised in 2015.

BBC Sport enhanced the profile of Comic Relief in 2002 with the creation of Sport Relief which has also become a biennial charity event that runs on alternate years with Red Nose Day; thus Red Nose Day occurs in odd-numbered years and Sport Relief in even-numbered years. The first ever Sport Relief itself raised £14 million.

Amongst the stand out events taking place around Red Nose Day this year, we learn that PG Tips is actually an official partner of Red Nose Day. And Monkey is hoping to raise £1 million for the annual charity event all by himself.  The much adored mascot of PG Tips Tea is set to bravely attempt to go where no monkey has been before – to the top of The Shard which is Europe’s tallest building at a mind boggling 87 floors and 308 metres high!

Since the last Red Nose Day two years ago, monies raised via Comic Relief have seen over one million vaccines purchased and four million people supported to access health care.

Comic Relief has raised a total of over £950 million since 1985 with the proceeds used to support 12 million vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

This year, Comic Relief is calling on the great British public to do their bit and make their face funny for charity. There is a choice of nine noses to choose from too, so something for everyone to get involved this Red Nose Day!

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