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Mark Foster | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

Every year I have to find something new to take part in, that challenges and pushes me outside of my comfort zone and has the effect of terrifying me witless. This year was no different. Thanks to persuasive talents of one Shirley Pinder from BT, I agreed to abseil down the GPO Tower along with Martin Bayfield, Helen Skelton and a few others and a platoon of Royal Marines headed up by the Big Boss, Ed Davis. I know... I'm not sure how that happened either. (Note to self; block all future calls from Abseiling Shirley, as she is affectionately known in our house)...

Welcome to the Motherland: My Trip to Ghana's Ghetto to Find the Future Stars of Tomorrow

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

My mission was to raise awareness of the extraordinary story of the street kids of Accra, how they are surviving and I am determined some of them will become the future stars of tomorrow. Inspired by a video my dad showed me of a visit to the Universal Wonderful Street Academy last year, their talent was out of this world as they put on a showcase for him.

Famous, Rich and Hungry for Sport Relief Aims to Show the Complexity of Food Poverty in the UK

Gilly Green | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Gilly Green

Behind the fun, the fundraising and the baths of baked beans involved in raising money for Sport Relief and Red Nose Day, there's a serious message. And it is this. Poverty and injustice blights millions of lives across the world, including here at home in the UK...

Mark International Women's Day by Getting Girls in School

Sarah Brown | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Sarah Brown

Increasingly the attention on girls and women at the heart of social and economic development means that how girls are educated and what skills women bring to the workplace come to the fore. I have just returned from a remote and rural part of northern Ghana where I travelled with Sport Relief to see how the education projects they support - Voluntary Service Overseas and Afrikids, are making a difference for marginalised and vulnerable children.

7 Charity Singles That Never Should Have Been Recorded

Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

The charity single is a funny one. Music producers often decide it's ok to leave good taste at the studio door when creating them, knowing that no-one...

My Reflection on the Panorama Programme Last Week 'All in a Good Cause'

Gina Miller | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

As an investment manager and a passionate campaigner for transparency in both the financial services sector and the third sector, I am disheartened by the lack of transparency in some organisations.

Comic Relief Invested In Arms Trade

PA | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK

Comic Relief has defended its investment policy after claims in a BBC Panorama documentary that it could have generated more cash from "ethical" funds...

Sport Can Help People Overcome Life's Toughest Challenges

Lawrence Dallaglio | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Lawrence Dallaglio

Rugby has helped me through some incredibly difficult periods in my life. When I lost my sister in the Marchioness tragedy in 1989, I felt lost and completely misunderstood. As a messed up young man, I made some poor life choices that led to me being expelled. Rugby came at a time when I badly needed guidance and support. That's why I set up Dallaglio Foundation's Rugby for Change project. With the help of money raised by The Supporters Club, BT Sport's charitable initiative, we help young people who have been excluded or expelled from school, and who need some inspiration to make positive life choices.

How Red Nose Day Has Empowered Women in Africa

Kirstie Allsopp | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kirstie Allsopp

Scolastica, a 33-year-old single mother and urban chicken farmer in Tanzania, set up her poultry business in 2005, itself a brave step for a woman to make in such a patriarchal society. Things ticked along relatively well. But when three years ago, a virus swept through her flock and killed 600 of her 900 birds in less than a week - even someone with the drive and determination of Scolastica thought her dream was over. That's when Comic Relief stepped in and her luck began to change.

Football Means Much More on the Streets

Nick Hancock | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Nick Hancock

Growing up as a kid I have many fond memories of my granddad taking me to watch the Stoke City games, and now I take my son. Football can be such a great bonding experience, but for many children around the world it means something much more.

How Red Nose Day Is Changing the Lives of Women and Girls Across Africa

Kimberley Walsh | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kimberley Walsh

As a performer, I totally understand how powerful music and drama is to express yourself and get difficult emotions out into the open. Singer and dancer Mary is one such person. She puts heartfelt emotion into every single performance in an attempt to turn her painful past into a positive force. Her powerful lyrics and support from an incredible project have turned this once shy woman into a local celebrity in the rural part of eastern Uganda where she lives with her husband and children. I recently met Mary, 48, and heard her remarkable story...

The Political Publicity Stunts Time Will Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics

Being a politician requires a very carefully managed public image. Time needs to be taken to be seen in the right places at the right time. Unfo...

Sitting on the Offence

Bennett Arron | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Bennett Arron

I'm often asked if it's okay for a black/Jewish/Muslim comedian to make jokes about their race/religion or for a woman to talk about how bad her boyfriend is in bed bearing in mind that when men speak in a derogatory fashion about their wives or girlfriends it's considered sexist... The question is, have we become too sensitive? Are we already looking for offence when it doesn't actually exist?

'We Got Lucky, They Didn't' - Is It Really as Simple as Comic Relief Would Have Us Believe?

Richard Moran | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Moran

At the end of the film Nighy tries to explain the situation by stating "we got lucky, they didn't, it's kind of that simple". It isn't that simple though, and explanations such a this force people to rely on a logic of bad fortune to explain why people are forced to live in these conditions.

Abbey Clancy Shows Off See-Through Dress On Twitter

Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

Abbey Clancy never has to look far to find a pap willing to take her picture - particularly if she is wearing next to nothing - but this week the WAG ...

Cameron Relief... Please!

Neil Scott | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Scott

Does Comic Relief and other celeb driven telethons "upstream?" Do they find the source of the flood and turn off the tap or are they ego driven mop up jobs?

MP Admits 'Generosity Should Hurt' After Comic Relief Twitter Stunt Costs Her £14k

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Politics

A politician's "spur of the moment" idea for Comic Relief left her more than £14,000 out of pocket after promising £1 for every retweet she received...

WATCH: David Brent's Rapping Return For Comedy Relief

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

David Brent returned to our screens last night, and it was as if he had never been away. For Comic Relief, Ricky Gervais unwrapped his iconic alte...

Comic Relief Raises Record £75 Million

PA | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

One Direction, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand and other celebrities have helped Comic Relief raise a whopping £75 million, a record amount for the char...

COMIC RELIEF: So Who DID Simon Cowell Marry? (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Comic Relief is the night when celebrities do things they wouldn't normally do, in a good cause. That even includes Simon Cowell, persuaded by the ...

Can Ricky Gervais's Irony Save the World?

David Girling | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Comedy
David Girling

With the recent video's by Mama Hope and Africa for Norway it seems like there is a new genre of ironic videos being produced for International Development.

Happy Red Nose Day From Our Readers!

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK

Happy Red Nose Day! Simon Cowell, Rowan Atkinson and Jessie J are among the stars helping to raise cash for charity for comic relief this year, th...

Introducing Nick Grimaj

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

Jessie J isn't the only one whose barnet is undergoing a radical transformation for Comic Relief. Nick Grimshaw has done his bit for the charity b...

The Week In Photos - Vote On Your Favourite Picture

Elliot Wagland, Tahira Mirza, Matthew Tucker | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK

The best pictures of the week are chosen by YOU voting on our interactive slideshow and we will announce the winner on Monday morning. Well, where ...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

She said she was going to do it and true to her word, Jessie J has shaved off her glossy locks for Comic Relief. The 'Price Tag' singer said ha...