Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty.
Comic Relief works all year round to help make the vision a reality. And in the years since Comic Relief started out in 1985, with the support of some remarkable people, Comic Relief achieved amazing things and raised over £1 billion.
The mission of Comic Relief is To drive positive change through the power of entertainment.
Since Comic Relief first set up shop in 1985, Comic Relief has been doing three main things:
1. Two big campaigns - Comic Relief raise millions of pounds, mainly through two big fundraising campaigns: Red Nose Day and Sport Relief.
2. Tackle poverty and injustice - Comic Relief spends the money raised to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world.
3. Raise awareness - Comic Relief uses the power and influence of the brand to raise awareness of issues where Comic Relief could feel can make the biggest impact.
Over the years Comic Relief inspired a lot of people who don’t normally ‘do’ charity to, well, do charity. The support Comic Relief had from so many friends has always blown them away – and still does today.
How it all began
Comic Relief was launched from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief.
The idea was simple – Comic Relief would get a whole bunch of much-loved British comedians to make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need.
As well as doing something about the very real and direct emergency in Ethiopia, Comic Relief was determined to help tackle the broader needs of poor and disadvantaged people in Africa and at home in the UK.
How Comic Relief Creates Change
Comic Relief works tirelessly to support some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world as Comic Relief strives towards a just world free from poverty.
The aim is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice, rather than simply treating the symptoms. After all these years, the one thing Comic Relief knows is that when you give people the chance to live their lives with dignity, they invariably grab it with both hands.
So, to drive this change, Comic Relief awards grants to incredible projects on the ground that work to give people a leg up, not a hand out. Comic Relief also goes beyond giving grants and use the brand and influence to do all sorts of other work that moves Comic Relief closer to thier ambition.
People and Issues Comic Relief supports:
In the UK:
Young People and Mental Health
Young People and Alcohol
Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People
Domestic and Sexual Abuse
Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women
Sport for Change
The work overseas involves helping children living on the street and doing hazardous work to thrive, protected from violence and abuse, and have support to grow up with a good education, life skills, work skills and a sense of self-worth See more