Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution. It’s the day, every two years, when people across the land can get together and do something funny for money at home, school and work.
There’s a fantastic night of TV on the BBC, with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously.
Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people living tough lives across the UK and Africa.
Softcat went all out for Red Nose Day 2013 with some fabulous fundraising and raised an amazing £37,000. Their fundraising team organised something for all of their 500 staff, including FIFA videogame tournaments, 'I'm A Celebrity' Bush Tucker Trials and a bucking bronco. They even erected a dunking tank and let staff vote on which director had to take the plunge.
There were some old favourites too, including chest and leg waxing sessions, a barbeque, eighties fancy dress, raffles and bake sales.
"It galvanised our employees, customers and partners, was so much fun, so rewarding and cost next to nothing." – Martin Hellawell, Chairman, Softcat.
Steyning Grammar School turned into a sea of red for Red Nose Day 2015, with staff and students donning wacky red outfits to indulge in a day of supreme silliness.
A jolly good time was had by all, with pupils lining up to take a jelly bath and have extra helpings of the stuff poured over their heads by enthusiastic onlookers. Then there was the leg waxing auction which went down a storm, as people lined up to watch the public wax-offs.
It wasn't just for laughs as they raised some serious money too, £5,725.97.
The people of Bishop’s Cleeve, Gloucestershire hit their mixing bowls once again to serve up an even bigger slice of fun for Red Nose Day 2015. The village’s Tithe Barn was stuffed to the rafters for the Cleeve Community Bake Sale II, raising a sweet £2,510 in all.
A humongous junior bake-off, a Victoria Sandwich competition, biscuit decorating, face-painting, a raffle and tombola kept the punters rolling in all day.
Thousands of people pull out all the stops to fundraise at their workplace or school each year. As well as raising a huge amount of cash, it brings some incredible benefits, like team building, motivating people to support a common goal and demonstrating a company or school’s positive impact.