Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief. The idea was simple; Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need.
This led to Red Nose Day being created, and the first event in 1988 raised a staggering £15 million. Over the last 30 years, over £1 billion has been raised in total!
How to Get Involved
It’s super-simple to get involved and raise some money for Red Nose Day as Comic Relief have created free School Fundraising Kits full of ideas, tips, posters, stickers and balloons. Order yours today.
Red Nose Day is also a brilliant opportunity to raise your students’ awareness of global issues, and help them to understand how important some of the things we take for granted really are.
Resources about Hassan’s Story
The Comic Relief team have created curriculum-linked resources that explore the life of Hassan, a 12-year-old boy who lost his mother. Find out how a project funded by Red Nose Day is helping him.
There’s a fantastically catchy Red Nose Day song to help get your whole school in the fundraising mood. Download the song and get everyone to sing along in your Red Nose Day assembly!
Not sure what to do yet? Take a look at the idea bank on the Red Nose Day website when considering what your school will do. There’s something that will appeal to everyone, from the tried and trusted favourite fundraisers like bake sales, to bigger ideas for more ambitious schools.