The Difference We've Made

The difference your money has made

On this page you’ll be able to discover just some of the ways in which Comic Relief has been able to create real, lasting change to the lives of individuals, communities and the issues we strive to tackle.

None of this would have been possible without the amazing support of the public, our partners and so many of our celebrity friends who’ve helped us along the way.

There is, of course, still so much more to be done, but for an idea of just what we’ve managed to achieve together, watch this video and take in a few of the statistics that we’re particularly proud of.

Our grants 2014-2015

Between January 2014 and September 2015, we made grants totalling £138.8 million, to help make a difference to the lives of people both in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Click the images below to download our PDFs and find out more about the grants we've made.

Our grants 2009-2013

From 2009-2013 we made grants totalling more than £300 million, to help people living tough lives in the UK and around the world.

Click the images below to download our PDFs and find out more about the grants we've made.

Lasting change

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    Rights for disabled people

    We were the first major grant maker to focus on supporting disabled people to speak for themselves. Our work to address this contributed to a huge change in government policy (1995 Disability Discrimination Act) and a new set of long-overdue rights for disabled people in the UK.

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    Land rights

    In 1996, a landmark legal case ruled that land, seized under apartheid in South Africa, be returned to the people of Elandskloof. We’re proud to have played a part in that momentous case by helping to fund the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa which, along with the Surplus People project, represented the community.

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    Elder abuse

    Elder abuse, tragically, does happen behind closed doors. To highlight the issue, we worked with the BBC to make a drama called ‘Dad’. Then, together with the Department of Health, we funded the first ever elder abuse prevalence study which contributed to the government implementing new procedures to protect older people.

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