Sunday, 3 December, 2023

Comic Relief has broken the £1 billion barrier after 30 years of fundraising!

An amazing night!

Comic Relief has official broken the £1 billion barrier last night for the 30th Anniversary of the charity.

Credit: Comic Relief/Gary Moyes
Credit: Comic Relief/Gary Moyes

Comic Relief was founded 30 years ago, and last night the charity raised an incredible £78,082,988m.

Last night Comic Relief was broadcast live from the London Palladium (March 13) – the charity was launched in 1985.

Comic Relief 2015 featured David Walliams and Stephen Hawking in a special Little Britain sketch, Dermot O’Leary 24-hour dance marathon, Mr Bean, John Bishop, Davina McCall, Lenny Henry, Claudia Winkleman, Daniel Craig, Dawn French, Emma Watson, Russell Brand, Sam Smith and John Legend performed the official Comic Relief single ‘Lay Me Down’.

Richard Curtis, founder of Comic Relief, said: “This is a very strange moment for me. When a bunch of comedians got together all those years ago we dreamed of raising a million or two, and never imagined the generosity that would be shown by the British public for so many years.

“Figures tell us that the billion pounds have helped around 50 million people in the UK and overseas, 50 million people whose lives have been changed or saved by the generosity of people they’ve never met.

“It’s an extraordinary thing that we do in Britain and I’m enormously proud to be part of it. Our thanks to every single person who has ever done their bit over the last 30 years – both the funny and the money.”

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