Red Nose Day is one of the biggest charity events in the UK calendar, raising millions of pounds for good causes at home and abroad – and 2023 promises to be no exception.
This year will see Kylie Minogue, Dame Mary Berry, Dawn French, Graham Norton, Danny Dyer, Sam Ryder, and the Prince of Wales appear on the BBC One telethon from 7pm for Comic Relief.
Last year, the now-annual event raised more than £42.8m with the help of celebrity challenges, public feats of fundraising, corporate sponsorship and donations on the night.
And in the 30-odd year history of the Comic Relief charity, more than £1.5bn is estimated to have been raised.
Whether you plan to watch events unfold at Salford’s Media City on BBC tonight or prefer to hold your own fundraiser, we have the details of how to make a donation.
How to donate to Comic Relief
You can make an online donation on the Comic Relief website using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
Call 03457 910 910 and you can use your debit or credit card to make a donation.
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.
For those wishing to donate money raised from a fundraising event, there are four ways you can pay in the money:
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.
And if you wish to make a regular donation of Comic Relief, you can set up a direct debit by filling in a form on the Comic Relief website.
Where does the money go?
For every pound donated to last year, Comic Relief said 76 pence helped projects supporting vulnerable people in the UK and internationally, just over seven pence was allocated to ensuring funding was used as effectively as possible and monitored, almost two pence helped raise awareness of the charity’s work and 15 pence was used to raise even more money.
Over a two-year period, the charity said it has helped 11.7 million people.
This has included access to support and advice for more than 750,000 people in the UK experiencing financial and material poverty, access to safe accommodation and specialist services to more than 29,000 people who have experienced or were at risk of domestic abuse and supporting more than 46,000 children and young people in the UK and more than 8.1 million internationally.
Projects which have benefited include: School of Hard Knocks, a charity offering life-changing programmes for children and adults using rugby, boxing and strongman courses, Mothers2mothers, which employs women living with HIV as community health workers called Mentor Mothers in sub-Saharan Africa and bereavement charity Balloons based in Devon, which supports young people aged 5-25 who have lost someone significant in their life.
This year money raised will help support people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and tackle issues such as homelessness, mental health problems and food poverty here in the UK and around the world. school