Frequently asked questions

Getting involved

Making a donation

Gift Aid

Comic Relief appeal films

Contact preferences

Working & volunteering for Comic Relief 

GENERAL

What does comic relief do?

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world, free from poverty. We’ll do just about anything to see that vision become a reality and our mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.

Since we first set up shop in 1985, we’ve been doing three main things...

  • We raise millions of pounds through our two big fundraising campaigns – 

 and 

  • We spend that money in the best possible way to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice.

  • We use the power of our brand to raise awareness of the issues that we care most about.

Over the years we’ve inspired a lot of people who don’t normally ‘do’ charity to, well, do charity. The support we’ve had from so many friends has always blown us away – and still does today. So there you go, that’s us in a nutshell. But if you’d like to find out even more about what we do and why we do it, take a look at our 'your impact' and 'about Comic Relief' sections.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY RAISED BY COMIC RELIEF GO?

The money raised by Comic Relief is spent to help poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

You can find out about this work in our 'what your money does' section.

GETTING INVOLVED

I REPRESENT A SCHOOL/EARLY YEARS/YOUTH GROUP – HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED?

We’d love for you to get involved, and there are many ways to do so. You could fundraise as part of Red Nose Day(opens in new window) To help your school or group do this, and to help children and young people learn about what they’re fundraising for, we’ll provide you with lots of tailor-made schools and early years resources.

Comic Relief also works throughout the year to tackle the root causes of injustice and poverty. We can provide you with information and resources to help children and young people learn about important global issues - giving them the opportunity to make a difference and voice their opinions. Please email us at schools@comicrelief.com(opens in new window) if you have any questions. 

OUR WORKPLACE WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED 

That’s amazing, there are so many ways your workplace can get involved with Comic Relief. A great way to get involved would be to organise a fundraiser for Red Nose Day(opens in new window), to get started head to the Red Nose Day page on our website and order a pack. We’re always happy to talk about other ways your workplace could get involved so please do get in touch with the fundraising team at fundraising@comicrelief.com(opens in new window).  

I WORK FOR AN ORGANISATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH COMIC RELIEF

We work with a really wide range of organisations – big and small. To see how you might get involved with us, visit our partners section, or if you’re after the personal touch, drop our Corporate Team an email at partners@comicrelief.com(opens in new window). They’ll be happy to discuss potential partnership opportunities with you.

MAKING A DONATION

HOW CAN I MAKE A DONATION?

CAN I SET UP A Regular donation To COMIC RELIEF?

Yes, you can set up a Direct Debit donation to Comic Relief and it’s really easy to do. All you need to do is to fill in this form on our website.

How do I PAY IN FUNDRAISING MONEY?

  • Online – using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal by selecting pay in fundraising.

  • At any bank – use the giro slip at the bottom of your Red Nose Day paying in slip, found in your fundraising pack. Comic Relief giro slips are also available behind the counter at most bank branches whilst Red Nose Day take place.

  • At a building society – during Red Nose Day, you can pay in your donation at most building societies. Just ask to pay into the Red Nose Day account.

  • By post – simply send in a cheque or postal order (made payable to Red Nose Day) and a giro slip if you have one to EY, PO Box 51543, London SE1 2UG.

  • By bank transfer – email us at for our bank details, please note this option is for schools and organisations only.

CAN I LEAVE A GIFT TO COMIC RELIEF IN MY WILL?

You can indeed! Your first step is to contact the team at legacies@comicrelief.com(opens in new window)

Or, if you are all set and just need the wording for your Will, please make sure to include our full name and details:

"Charity Projects (known as Comic Relief), a charity registered in England and Wales with number 326568 and in Scotland with number SC039730 whose registered office is Comic Relief, 1st Floor, 89 Albert Embankment London SE1 7TP"

Please do let us know if you decide to leave Comic Relief a legacy so we can say thank you! We'd also love to hear about the reasons you thought of us, and if you have any questions at all. You can reach us at legacies@comicrelief.com (opens in new window)

GIFT AID

WHAT IS GIFT AID AND HOW CAN IT MEAN MORE MONEY FOR COMIC RELIEF?

If you pay UK tax and you would like to Gift Aid your donation, we can claim an additional 25% of the value of your donation from the Government, it won't cost you a penny but means your donation can reach even further. 

If you make a personal donation to Comic Relief, you will be asked to declare whether you would like us to claim Gift Aid. This will be either by:

  • Ticking the Gift Aid box on the donation page online

  • Saying ‘yes' to the Gift Aid question whilst donating via the phone

  • Asking your sponsors to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form

  • Ticking the appropriate box on the Red Nose Day giro slip (when paying in your money at a Bank or if you send it with your cheque to Ernst & Young).

If you’re making a personal donation please give your full name and home address and tick the box or we can’t claim Gift Aid. To say ‘Yes’ to Gift Aid, you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all of your donations it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

Please note, Gift Aid cannot apply to CAF cards (as the tax has already been reclaimed).

WHAT IF I AM A HIGHER RATE TAXPAYER?

The charity reclaims the tax on your donation only at the basic rate, even if you are a higher rate taxpayer. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax and the current basic rate of tax of 20% on your Self-Assessment return.

CAN I WITHDRAW A DECLARATION?

You can withdraw your declaration at any time on our website(opens in new window). Please note that the cancellation of your Gift Aid will come into place from the date of the update, any donations made before this may still be Gift Aided. 

WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER INFORMATION ON GIFT AID?

For further information about Gift Aid, please see the HM Revenue & Customs website(opens in new window) or the Institute of Fundraising website(opens in new window). Alternatively, contact your local Tax Office. 

If you have any questions specifically about your Gift Aid status on your donations made to Comic Relief, please email us at giftaid@comicrelief.com(opens in new window) 

Comic relief appeal films

HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR APPEAL FILMS?

We have been modernising our approaches to appeal films over the last year to switch the spotlight and ensure that the people we want to help are at the heart of their own stories. That means our stories are led by project workers, doctors, teachers, parents and local members of the community who are tackling the issues on a grassroots level. 

HAVE YOU TRIED THIS NEW APPROACH BEFORE?

We used this approach to produce a range of appeal films for Sport Relief in March which showed how powerful they can be. Instead of sending guests and celebrities to projects internationally, we instead had some introduce the films, or narrate part of them – keeping the focus on the people we are helping. And it really works! 

From following the stories of young homeless British women who are helped back into accommodation and re-connected with their families, to the amazing work of volunteer lifeboat rescuers in Greece, to great projects helping distribute surplus food to hungry families across the UK to members of the local community in Korogocho, Kenya who make sure women in labour get to the local clinic safely. If you want to see how we have evolved, Sport Relief was a great example!

WILL YOU SEND CELEBRITIES TO INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS FOR RED NOSE DAY 2021?

No, we have no plans to send celebrities on visits to our international projects in 2021.

In future years if we were ever to reconsider inviting celebrities to international projects it would only be if films and narratives continued to be fully led by local people 

I READ SOMETHING ONLINE ABOUT THE CHARITY TALKING ABOUT ‘WHITE SAVIOURS’? IT WAS LINKED TO YOUR NEW INTERNATIONAL APPEALS? DOES THAT MEAN YOU DON’T WANT MY DONATIONS?

We are aware of some negative online comments which misrepresent and misinterpret media coverage about the recent changes to our international appeal films. We value all our supporters, from all backgrounds, and are happy to explain what we actually announced below (we hope you are as excited as us!). 

In October 2020 we announced our plans to switch the spotlight in our international appeals to local people in front of the camera and local film makers behind the camera, for Red Nose Day 2021. 

This is a different approach to some of our historic international appeals that were led by our high-profile famous supporters who visited projects and shared their experiences. These films helped raise vital funding for good causes, but as times change rapidly, and audiences have a greater awareness of global issues, it became clear this formula needed modernising. Our projects deserve the opportunity and agency to tell their own stories from their own perspective and our supporters deserve to hear these authentic stories directly from them. 

We hope audiences will see that by investing in wider creative partnerships across Africa our international appeal films will be better than ever.

Read more here

CONTACT PREFERENCES

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO RECEIVE YOUR EMAILS? 

To get regular email updates and info on what we're up to all you need to do is click on the little envelope symbol at the top of this page and sign up for our email updates.

HOW CAN I CHANGE HOW YOU CONTACT ME?

You can withdraw or add your consent to receive marketing materials from Comic Relief at any time through this form.

WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR PRIVACY NOTICE?

You can find our privacy notice here

WORKING & VOLUNTEERING FOR COMIC RELIEF

HOW DO I GET A JOB AT COMIC RELIEF?

All of our current vacancies are advertised on www.comicrelief.com/careers so keep an eye on this and follow the instructions on how to apply if you're interested in any of the roles.

I WORK FOR A CALL CENTRE AND WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OUR SERVICES ON THE NIGHT OF RED NOSE DAY. HOW DO I DO THIS?

Thank you for your interest in offering your service as a call centre for Red Nose Day, unfortunately at the moment we’re not looking for any call centres to help with donations for Night of TV.