Red Nose Day!

Today marks one of the most enjoyable charity events in the calendar, Red Nose Day. For as long as I can remember it’s been a time filled with silly face paint, cake sales and rebelliously dying hair red for a day. Whilst the fundraising is largely a bit of a fun and we hope you’re still donating money, here at TeaBreak we thought we’d write a little post about what Red Nose Day is actually all about.

Founded in 1985 by two comedic icons, Richard Curtis (screenwriter of Blackadder, Mr Bean and Bridget Jones’s Diary to name a few) and comedian Lenny Henry, Comic Relief (or Red Nose Day as it’s famously advertised) is a charity that first stemmed out of Henry’s and Curtis’ reaction to the famine crisis in Ethiopia. In its history, Comic Relief has provided crucial assistance to important projects on a global scale. They’ve provided help for a range of people, such as providing training for unemployed youths in India, distributing mosquito nets to Uganda, establishing a National Domestic Service Helpline and helping those affected by HIV in Africa amongst other vital organisations.

Most recently, Comic Relief in partnership with BBC Sport set up Sport Relief which aims to combine the sporting community in a night of entertainment, similar to Red Nose Day.

The most vital part of Comic Relief is that is exists primarily on donations of the everyday public. There are a wide variety of methods in which it is easy to donate. You can visit the Comic Relief website ( and donate a payment between £30-£1000, and if you’re a strapped for money student like us there’re plenty of ways you can donate smaller amounts. You can update your wardrobe with limited edition shirts available at TK Maxx, designed by the likes of Henry Holland and Diane Von Furstenberg (, you can embrace the Red Nose accessory by heading to your local Sainsbury’s or you can do something as simple as text HELP to 70703 which will cost you just £3. You might think that a donation as small as that isn’t important but we cannot stress enough the difference the smallest amount of money will make to the organisations Comic Relief sends their support too. One mosquito net costs just £2.50 so even the smallest donation has the power to impact a person’s life significantly.

If you’d like to learn more about Comic Relief and discover where your money will be going head to

Thanks for reading and be sure to watch Red Nose Day as it happens, tonight on BBC 1!

Aimée Costa