Do Something Funny For Money

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 17th March 2023 with a star-studded night of TV on BBC One bursting with sketches, special appearances, and lots of laughter.

Thanks to your donations, Comic Relief are able to support lifechanging projects and organisations who are making a real difference for people across not just the UK, but across the globe.

The cost-of-living crisis has forced millions across the UK to make impossible decisions, with most of us just scraping by, swapping to cheaper brands, giving up non-essential items and cancelling subscriptions as well as putting on extra layers, but for millions who were already living in poverty, it’s a disaster.

Over a two-year period, Comic Relief funding has helped to support 11.7 million people including:

  • More than 750,000 people in the UK experiencing financial and material poverty to access advice and support
  • More than 29,000 people who have experience or are at risk of domestic abuse to access safe accommodation and specialist services
  • More than 46,000 children and young people in the UK, and more than 8.1 million internationally

Red Nose Day was started three years after Comic Relief was founded by comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia.

Held on Friday 5th February 1988 and aired on BBC One, more than 30 million people tuned in to the first Red Nose Day to watch a Blackadder special episode, the stars of The Young Ones on University Challenge, Rowan Atkinson and Monthly Python sketches and a final comedy routine from Jonathan Ross, Lenny Henry and Griff Rhys Jones. That first show raised more than £15 million for causes in the UK and Africa, and it has continued to grow each year since then.

In 2015 it was announced on the telethon that in the 30 year history of Comic Relief, the Red Nose Day and Sport Relief appeals had raised in excess of £1bn.

Families and friends, as well as schools and businesses across the Lincoln area and the UK will once again get involved this year donning their red noses to raise as much as possible for those in need. Pockets are tight for everyone, but every penny really will make a huge difference this year, giving people the hope of a better future.

If you’d like to find out more or get involved, visit www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday