Comic Relief Facts and Figures

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There are plenty of ways you can get involved with Comic Relief and do your bit to raise some money for some amazing causes. From a bake sale in work to a work sports tournament everyone really can get involved. To get involved and find out what ways you can give head on over to

When is Red Nose Day 2017?

Friday 24th March 2017

Top Red Nose Day and Sport Relief Facts

1 Comic Relief was first launched live on Noel Edmonds’s Late, Late Breakfast Show on BBC1, on Christmas Day 1985 from a refugee camp in Sudan.

2 The first Red Nose Day fundraiser was held in 1988, raising £15million for charity, with 150 celebrities taking part in a live telethon.

3 It has since been held fifteen times. The last Red Nose Day, in 2015, raised £1 million.

Comic Relief Facts - 1D4 Over £1 billion has been raised for good causes in 70 countries.

5 Last year Comic Relief’s other main fundraising event, Sport Relief, raised £71.8 Million in 2014.

6 Some 50million people have been helped by Comic Relief around the world and 10m in the UK through over 15,000 projects.

7 Among those helped are 3.5m people affected by HIV in Africa. And among Comic Relief’s other incredible achievements is establishing the National Domestic Violence Helpline which has received over 1.5 million calls since it was set up in 2003.

8 Not just helping abroad, Red Nose Day fund over 2,100 amazing projects throughout the UK

9 . 7,900,000 people have been helped in the last two years by the money raised for Sport Relief.

10 In 2016 Eddie Izard ran 27 marathons (707 miles) in 27 days across South Africa raising over 2 million for Sport Relief.

11 66m red noses have been sold for Comic Relief to date.

12 Sam Smith and John Legend released the 2015 Red Nose Day single, ‘Lay Me Down’

13 There have been 20 different red nose designs over the years.

14 Since 2000 the number of people dying from malaria in Africa has falled by more than half and Comic Relief have helped to protect over 6 million people Comic Relief Facts - David Walliamsin Africa from this deadly disease.

15 Since 1989 you have been able to get a Red Nose for your car.

16 Other goodies include mugs, wrist bands, blowing bubbles, air fresheners, stickers and clothes. Visit

17 2,665 entertainers have been involved in Red Nose Day with some top TV moments. Comedian Catherine Tate’s schoolgirl Lauren visited Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street in 2005.

18 In 2011 David Walliams swam 140 miles along the River Thames for his BT Sport Relief Challenge: Walliams vs The Thames.

19 TV shows helping to raise money this year are: Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, Let’s Play Darts for Comic Relief and, the wonderful, The Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

20 In 2000 JK owling wrote yo Harry Potter books exclusively for Comic Relief, including ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. Proceeds from these books currently sit at £18 million.

21 There are now similar events in the USA, Australia, Germany, Russia, Finland and Iceland. The USA Red Nose Day made $23 million in 2015.

You can shop with some Red Nose Day sponsors too with vouchercloud – save with the likes of Sainbury’s and BT Broadband.

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