Comic Relief is a special day of the year when Brits come together to raise money for charity. This charitable day is now 34 years old and to date £337 million has been raised for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people across the UK and Africa.
Comic Relief was launched from a refugee camp, in Sudan, in 1985, and was broadcast live on Christmas Day on BBC 1. Comedians and celebrities have supported the charity ever since by taking part in the TV programme, releasing songs and JK Rowling even wrote two special Harry Potter books, which raised £18million in 2000.
Why do people wear Red Noses for Comic Relief?
The Red Nose was launched in 1988 to raise the profile of the charity and has become yet another way for Brits to contribute money to the charity in a fun way. The first red nose design was unveiled by the Comedian Lenny Henry and a group of children in Ethiopia.
Where can I buy a Red Nose for Comic Relief?
You can purchase the famous Red Nose from the supermarket, Sainsbury’s, and the charity shop Oxfam for £1.25 each. This year there are 11 designs. Nine are red. One design is green and there is one that is reversible but only 1 in every 8,400 boxes has this ultra-rare design.
This year there is also a Red Nose app, which brings the noses to life with augmented reality on your smartphone.
What is the Comic Relief Telethon?
Every year since the start of Comic Relief BBC 1 hosts a show that brings together famous comedians, actors and celebrities who entertain the nation and encourage people to make generous donations to improve the lives of the poorest around the world.
This year the show will be on 15th March. And it will broadcast from 7pm to midnight on BBC 1 and BBC 2.
What merchandise can I buy to support Comic Relief?
If you are a fan of t-shirts and want something that is limited edition and cool, then get your hands on the 2019’s official Red Nose Day t-shirt range, which has a Disney theme.
You can buy them exclusively at TK Maxx. The adult T-shirt will retail for £9.99 and at least £4.50 will go to Comic Relief.