Red Nose Day is back this Friday with all efforts focused on simultaneously raising smiles and raising money for good causes.
This year’s telethon will come live from Media City in Salford starting at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer, with hosts including Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness, Joel Dommett, AJ Odudu and David Tennant.
The show is a culmination of Comic Relief fundraising events and challenges by both celebrities and the public with the money going to projects in the UK and around the world, from food clubs in Britain to educational programmes in Africa.
We take a look at how to get involved, where to buy your red nose, and how to donate.
Where can you buy red noses?
Red noses are synonymous with fundraising efforts for the charity Comic Relief, which was founded by screenwriter Richard Curtis and actor Sir Lenny Henry in 1985 in response to the famine in Ethiopia.
Red Nose Day is held each year on a Friday in March, this year on 17th, with schools, workplaces and organisations encouraged to set up their own fundraising challenges.
Last year, Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity raised £42.8m in the United Kingdom.
One of the simplest ways to help raise funds for the charity is to buy a red nose to wear on Friday, or some of the other merchandise available.
This year’s red nose has been designed by Sir Jony Ive, previously chief design officer at Apple.
It starts as a tiny, flat crescent and springs open into a honeycomb-paper sphere and is made of more than 95 per cent plant-based materials.
Priced at £2.50, it is available online from Amazon and the Comic Relief website, with all profits going to Comic Relief.
What about other Red Nose Day merchandise?
For those who want the outfit to go with their red nose, there is also a large collection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories available.
This year’s t-shirts and sweatshirts feature a selection of Roger Hargreaves’s iconic Mr Men and Little Miss with red noses.
There is also an adult Gok Wan-designed t-shirt for £12.99
Children’s Mr Men t-shirts start at £6.99 and long-sleeved tops start from £8.99.
Adult t-shirts are priced from £12.99 and the sweatshirts are available for £24.99.
If you are planning on doing some baking to raise funds, there are Mr Men/Little Miss kids’ aprons for Red Nose Day priced at £7.99.
Accessorise with a Red Nose Day tote bag or lunch bag, jot down your fundraising ideas in a Mr Men notebook, and relax with a Mr Men or Little Miss plush toy.
And if it’s all proving thirsty work, there are Mr Men Red Nose Day water bottles also for £7.99.
However, if you’d rather do than wear, then head to Homebase and you can buy a red nose that grows for £4.50.
The Nose that Grows is a wildflower seed bomb that comes in two varieties – one for bees and one for butterflies.
How to donate to the charity?
If you would rather avoid the merchandise and just make a donation, there a number of ways to do so.
You can make a donation online via the Comic Relief website or call 03457 910 910 and use your debit or credit card.
Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply and calls from mobiles may cost more.
Or you can text to make a donation by texting a ‘keyword ‘ to a shortcode number listed here.
Any money raised by events and challenges can be paid in:
- Online – using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal by selecting pay in fundraising.
- At any bank – use the giro slip in the Red Nose Day fundraising pack. Comic Relief giro slips are also available behind the counter at some bank branches whilst Red Nose Day take place.
- By post – send a cheque (made payable to Red Nose Day 2023) and a giro slip if you have one to EY, PO Box 51543, London SE1 2UG.
- By bank transfer – if you are a school or organisations, email [email protected] for details.