Comic Relief

The Comic Relief TV fundraising marathon, better known as Red Nose Day, aims to bring about positive change to the lives of poor and disadvantaged people around the world.

It is held biennially in March, alternating with Sport Relief and has been running since 1985. The charity was founded by scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry and operates a golden pound principle where all money raised goes to good causes. Corporate sponsors and interest on donations covers administration and staff costs.

Suffolk has always supported Red Nose Day, with events taking place in schools, offices, shopping centres and even hospitals.

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  • The first Red Nose Day raised £15m. The last, in 2011, raised £74m;

  • Comic Relief is not only about Red Nose Day. The charity works tirelessly, 365 days of the year, to support individuals and communities in dire need in both the UK and Africa;

  • In 1986 Cliff Richard & the cast of the BBC sitcom The Young Ones teamed up and released the first Comic Relief single and it went straight to number 1! They reworked Richard’s hit single with The Shadows, 'Living Doll'. Over the years everyone from Cher to The Saturdays and even Gareth Gates have re-worked a classic for the charity single - this year it's One Direction;
  • Donations have funded 11,058 projects in the UK alone;

  • Celebs have out done themselves over the years to raise money and no-one more than the folks at Radio 1. In 1999 Simon Mayo set the record of 37 hours of consecutive broadcasting which was later broken in March 2011 by Chris Moyles on the same station for 52 hours;

  • A total of over £800m has been raised to date.
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