Comic Relief

Sport Is A Powerful Vehicle For Change

Sue Wicks | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Sport
Sue Wicks

After watching the Olympics from Rio, I wonder how many of us will decide to pull on a pair of trainers, pick up a tennis racket or put on a swimming costume? We know it's unlikely we will become the next Jessica Ennis-Hill, Andy Murray or Tom Daley, yet watching elite sport has an immense power to inspire and motivate us. Outside of the professional arena, the power of sport can also be life changing.

Harnessing the Power of 'Tech for Good'

Billy Dann | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Tech
Billy Dann

Technology plays an increasingly important role in modern life and we feel that the charity sector has only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to leveraging the power of digital products to deliver change.

How Comic Relief Makes a Difference in Zambia

Olivia Wayne | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Wayne

When Comic Relief asked me to visit Zambia last year, my initial feelings were a complete mix. I was excited to experience a culture and environment that I had never seen first-hand before, and I jumped at the opportunity to witness in person the life-changing work of Comic Relief.

How I'm Helping Sex Workers Receive Education in a Safe, Judgement-Free Environment

Shamelle Rice | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Shamelle Rice

In Barbados prostitution is illegal and very taboo, but I discovered that women in the sex work community wanted services and programmes that catered specifically to them as they transitioned out of the work...

In Order to Move Forward, We Must Learn From Our Past

Seini Fisi’Ihoi | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Seini Fisi’Ihoi

I believe that in order to move forward we must learn from our past. While we cannot know all of the answers and may not always make perfect decisions...

Fighting Malaria on the Frontline

Immaculate Nasigye | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK
Immaculate Nasigye

Students in my class still get ill from the disease, but it's much less common. I can teach without so many disruptions and my pupils perform better as a result. I give frequent health talks, especially on malaria mosquito net use, and teach adolescent health and life skills. Hopefully the students will pass on this knowledge as they grow up too.

I Visited Ghana to See How Red Nose Day Cash is Changing Lives And Building Brighter Futures in Ghana

Kimberly Wyatt | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kimberly Wyatt

When Cynthia invited me to help prepare lunch at her home in the rural village of Dwabor in Ghana I was so excited. Winning Celebrity MasterChef has really ignited my passion for food and I didn't expect to find such yummy cuisine in Ghana, like Cynthia's groundnut soup. It was also a great opportunity to speak to this incredible woman, mum to mum, about the huge dreams she has for her triplets Eric, Erica and Isobella. Money raised by UK schools and the public and matched by the UK government is improving education across Africa, giving children like the triplets a brighter future and the tools they need to escape poverty for good.

OBE and Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Since childhood, there are very few moments in my life that can be identified as raw happiness, when it feels like a forth of July firework display is happening in your heart and you've leapt out of your skin. Last week I had that moment.

Thanks a Billion!

Lenny Henry | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lenny Henry

It was such a spur of the moment notion when Richard Curtis and a few of us got it going that it's hard to believe it has gone on to become so close to people's hearts. Back in 1985 Ethiopia was being torn apart by famine, and a gaggle of fresh faced comedians thought they might be able to raise a bob or two to help. Three decades and a billion pounds later though what's changed? For starters there's still a big perception that it's only Africa that benefits. The reality is very different. Since Comic Relief began, projects funded in the UK have touched the lives of more than 10million people.

Cause Marketing - Doing Funny Things for Money and More

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Dr Arlo Brady

Despite my inbuilt cynicism, I can see that these campaigns have had a material impact on causes. And when you consider that brands don't have to do this, and could just spend the money on traditional marketing, I am really inspired.

Russell 'Rants About Comic Relief' Days After Fronting The Charity's Telethon

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Russell Brand has launched a bizarre attack on Comic Relief, just days after fronting the BBC’s Red Nose Day telethon. Russell was among the sta...

Emma Stars In 'Vicar Of Dibley' Sketch

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Emma Watson made a surprise appearance during Friday night’s Comic Relief telethon, starring in a ‘Vicar Of Dibley’ sketch. The ‘Harry Pot...

Watch Out 1D! No Direction Perform For Comic Relief

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

One Direction need to watch their backs, as there’s a hot new band on the block - No Direction have arrived. The group performed ‘Best Song Ev...

Mwah! David And Orlando Pucker Up After Stephen Hawking Sketch

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

David Walliams was one of the many A-listers who did something funny for money on Friday night, in a bid to raise cash for Comic Relief. In previo...

BPG Awards - Sceptics Who Forecast the Death of TV in the Internet Age Have Been Proven Wrong

Gideon Spanier | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gideon Spanier

The sceptics who forecast the death of TV in the internet age have been proven wrong. For proof, look no further than the winner of our best factual entertainment show, Gogglebox, a show about people watching people watching TV. It's what we love to do.

How Much Cash Did #DancingDermot Raise For Comic Relief?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Dermot O’Leary's efforts weren't in vain and the ‘X Factor’ presenter's danceathon raised a whooping £643,336 for Comic Relief. Dermot’s...

Which Former Bond Has Daniel Craig Teamed Up With For Comic Relief?

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Bagwell | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Two Bonds are set to meet when Daniel Craig and Roger Moore star in a special one-off 007-themed sketch for this year’s Comic Relief Red Nose Day. ...

My 24 Hours as a Midwife

Doon Mackichan | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Doon Mackichan

My first pregnancy resulted in a complication and I needed extra medical help. I realise how lucky I am. If I lived in Uganda I would be dead. It should be a basic human right to have a baby in a safe environment with adequate medical support.

The Woman With the 'Wooden Vagina'

Agnes Pareyio | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Agnes Pareyio

The changing attitudes have to do with FGM now being considered a form of gender based violence and a violation of human rights. Although it is not automatically understood this way in certain parts of the country where FGM is still deeply entrenched in culture, we see more people understand the concept that even young girls have rights.

Kids in Camps

Jezza Neumann | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Jezza Neumann

It should be the right of every child to have an education but more than that - as Grace also says - education is the way to build a country. As a film maker, what I have witnessed is a tragedy. In Africa today, thousands of bright young minds are being lost in a sea of war and displacement.

Community Lies at the Heart of Comic Relief's Operation Health

Ilya Jones | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

Comic Relief's Operation Health project, the focus of this year's Red Nose Day campaign, will completely renovate a dilapidated health centre in Iyolwa, Uganda. Operation Health is at the centre of a fundraising drive to improve healthcare across Africa by showing how money well spent can be used to improve health systems.

You Need To Hear Sam Smith And John Legend's Comic Relief Single

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Sam Smith and John Legend have revealed the 2015 Comic Relief single, which is a new version of Sam’s track ‘Lay Me Down’. British singer Sa...

Girls Should Have the Right to Say 'You're Not Cutting My Parts Up'

Tolu Aderinto | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Tolu Aderinto

We are so excited to be part of the BBC Three Comic Relief documentary, Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special. We have been on a journey trying to publicise FGM. To go from learning about it amongst ourselves in a little room to talking about it on national TV is really exciting and we're all really proud of ourselves.

Hmmmm... Not Your Strongest Look, Cheryl

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has proven herself over the years to be a versatile style icon capable of pulling off all kinds of looks… but we’re not s...

No Mother Should Have to Endure the Pain of Burying Three Babies

Mary Amali | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Mary Amali

This is all the motivation I needed to become a member of the volunteer health team. I work closely with Iyolwa Clinic to make sure pregnant women in the community are identified early and all possible precautions are taken to ensure a safe delivery. I make sure the women attend their prenatal appointments, get regular check-ups and take their medication.