After making way for Sport Relief last year, Comic Relief has returned for its 30th anniversary hoping to break the £1bn fundraising barrier.
In light of tonight’s BBC telethon, here are 10 things you might not know about the red nosed fundraisers.
1. Comic Relief was founded in 1985 by comedian Lenny Henry and Richard Curtis in response to the famine in Ethiopia.
2. The charity was launched on Christmas Day in 1985 from a refugee camp in Sudan.
3. The Red Nose Day appeal is bi-annual, and alternates with its sister project Sports Relief.
4. The fundamental principle behind the fund raising efforts is the ‘Golden Pound’ – where every pound donated goes straight to the charity – costs are covered by sponsors.
5. As of the most recent Red Nose Day in 2013, the charity has raised £950 million, this year the aim is to break the £1 billion mark.
6. The idea for Red Nose Day came from a fundraiser at Comic Relief in 1988. The day is now recognised as National Day of Comedy, and is often treated as a semi-holiday by schools and businesses, where workers and children dress up in red clothing and take part in fundraising activities.
7. 13 out of 21 Red Nose Day singles have reached Number 1 in the UK Chart.
8. This year’s Red Nose Day program on BBC will be broadcast live for the first time, from the London Palladium.
9. The 2015 program will be hosted by Davina McCall, and her three glamorous assistants one after another, Lenny Henry, David Walliams and John Bishop.
10. 67 celebrity guests will appear on tonight’s program, from Daniel Craig to Liam Gallagher, Sam Smith to John Legend.
Today at Spark HQ we have a cake sale, tombola, make your face funny for money photo booth, and some brave boys are getting legs, back and chest waxes! We are also selling red noses along with a having a red nose quiz.
If you would like to help Comic Relief break the £1bn mark, then visit https://www.rednoseday.com/donate