Comic Relief was set up in 1985 by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia, and has been operating ever since.

The premise of Comic Relief is in the name, the charity aims to use humour, and making people laugh to raise funds for people in need.

Over the years Comic Relief has raised billions of pounds through fund raising events and Red Nose Day.

How much money has Comic Relief raised?

In total, Comic Relief has raised £1,063,237,004, according to Wikipedia.

The charity reached a whopping £1 billion in 2015 after the Red Nose Day telethon held in March.

In 2021, Comic Relief are launching plastic free Red Noses. The website states:

“Find out everything you need to know about our first ever 100% plastic-free, plant-based Red Nose, launching early next year for Red Nose Day 2021.”

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Comic Relief no longer sending celebrities to Africa

Comic Relief announced that they will no longer be sending celebrities to Africa after “white saviour” criticism.

Lenny Henry, co- founder of Comic Relief said that it was a “huge move.” He stated:

“I think it’s about time. And it’s not to say that the films that have been made in the past weren’t extraordinary and didn’t have a huge effect.”

“But it’s time for young black and brown film-makers to take charge and say, ‘I want to tell you my story’.”

“There are other ways to elicit sympathy – and maybe we’d been pushing on the same button for too long.”

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