Tuesday 21 March: Comic Relief is delighted to announce that the money raised so far for Red Nose Day 2023 is £35,310,407, thanks to the amazing British public and the charity’s wonderful partners who have gone above and beyond to support people facing the toughest times in their lives.
The amount has risen by more than £3million since the Red Nose Day night of entertainment drew to a close on Friday 17 March, which saw £31,952,141 announced at the end of the BBC One show. The final total won’t be known for some time as money is still coming in and a fantastic prize draw to win an iconic 2009 Jaguar X-Type Estate previously owned and driven by HM Queen Elizabeth II, is still up for grabs.
Comic Relief is hugely grateful for every pound donated and blown away by the kindness and compassion shown in these worrying times from families, schools, workplaces, and friends who have all come together to make a life-changing difference during the cost-of-living crisis.
This money raised will help people experiencing homelessness, mental health problems and food poverty, as well as people facing a devastating hunger crisis across East Africa, and those affected by the heart-breaking earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. This incredible generosity will support countless lives when it’s never felt more needed.
Samir Patel, CEO, Comic Relief said: “We are feeling completely overwhelmed by the enormous generosity and kindness shown by the public and our partners this Red Nose Day. To have raised such a significant sum during the cost-of-living crisis, is just extraordinary and we are blown away by how much the amount has risen since Red Nose Day last Friday. People often dig the deepest during times of crisis and this has certainly been shown this Red Nose Day.
“Thank you to everyone who bought a Red Nose or t-shirt, dressed up, baked a cake, took on a challenge or watched the TV show and donated this year. Your extraordinary efforts will help to change so many lives.
“We’re excited about what we can do with this incredible pot of money and how many people in need of support we can reach. In the past two years alone, through our funding we have helped to support 2.7m people across the UK and around the world. Many charities are struggling to stay afloat, and more people than ever need support, so one of our main priorities now is making grants and getting this money to where it’s needed most."
Friday night’s star-studded Red Nose Day night of TV was broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Salford and presented by AJ Odudu, David Tennant, Joel Dommett, Paddy McGuinness, and Zoe Ball. Throughout the evening, viewers were treated to an evening of entertainment jam packed with hilarious comedy sketches, live music, extraordinary prizes and moving films showing the life-changing power of donations.
The Red Nose Day night of TV is now available on BBC iPlayer(opens in new window).
You can still donate to Red Nose Day at comicrelief.com/donate(opens in new window)
Images from the Red Nose Day night of TV are available via BBC Pictures(opens in new window)
Wider Red Nose Day campaign stills available here(opens in new window)
For a detailed breakdown of highlights from the Red Nose Day night of TV, see the on the night press release, here.
David Tennant said: “Red Nose Day holds such a special place in my heart and it’s always such an honour to be involved. People all over the world truly are facing the toughest times of their lives but your generosity and kindness can make all the difference. Seeing people across the country get involved to do and give whatever they can, whilst facing really difficult times at home, is just extraordinary. We’re so grateful for everything."
AJ Odudu said: “Wow, what an amazing night! It’s been an absolute joy to be part of such a special evening dedicated to raising money for so many important causes. Thank you so much to all of the incredible people at home for donating."
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About Comic Relief
Comic Relief uses the power of humour and popular culture to engage people to help others and raises money to support organisations working towards a just world free from poverty.
Our mission combines Comic and Relief. We believe that helping others can be easy and fun, even in the face of the challenges we face every day.
Everyone should be able to have a decent standard of living and to live life with dignity and respect – but right now, in the UK and around the world, poverty and injustice restrict too many of us. We know that a better world is possible. We provide funding to fantastic organisations who are closest to the communities who can make change happen. We support work that will help to alleviate poverty’s consequences, tackle related injustices, and address the link between climate change and poverty.
For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com(opens in new window) or follow @ComicRelief on social media for the latest content, news and information.
Red Nose Day is an initiative of Comic Relief.
Comic Relief is the operating name of Charity Projects, registered charity in England & Wales (326568) and Scotland (SC039730).