That’s right, Red Nose Day is back on Friday 24th March and it’s all about making the world a better place, simply by making people laugh.
We’ll be doing our bit again here at Spark HQs by volunteering to receive donation calls throughout the evening.
Our aim is to turn up, log in and have fun, all while raising as much money as we can for Red Nose Day! Our volunteering heroes will be replacing their everyday attire to take donations as Superman, Thor and Wonder Woman. Others are setting themselves up for a full night of charity fun by wearing their pyjamas – help save the world and then straight to bed!
We’ll be ordering pizzas (because even superheroes need to eat) and handing out prizes throughout the night to our fantastic volunteers. We’ve been extremely pleased by the enthusiasm the team has shown to get involved in the call-handling so far and we’re sure they will do a SUPER awesome job on the night!
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 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.
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. The Red Nose Day appeal is bi-annual, and alternates with its sister project Sports Relief.
6. In 2015, over 146 call centres supported Red Nose Day, including Spark.
7. Since last year’s Comic Relief, 860,000 African children have received lifesaving vaccinations and in the UK, over 43,000 people have had access to support for a mental health condition.
8. Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion since forming in 1985.
9. More than 14 year after its release, the original cast from Love Actually have been reunited to film a mini film sequel for Red Nose Day. Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth will all make appearances to help improve people’s lives in Africa and the UK.
10. The 2017 programme will feature comic favourites including Sir Lenny Henry, Joe Lycett, Miranda Hart, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Greg Davies, Jonathan Ross and French & Saunders!
‘Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales; SC039730 (Scotland)’