Red Nose Day FAQs
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
HOW DO I GET A RED NOSE DAY FUNDRAISING PACK?
You can order your free schools, nurseries or general fundraising pack online in just a few clicks.
WHAT'S IN THE FUNDRAISING PACK?
From fundraising ideas and handy tips to posters, balloons and stickers, it has everything you need to have fun and raise money this Red Nose Day. If you haven’t already, order yours now.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE FUNDRAISING PACK I HAVE ORDERED?
Packs usually arrive within 10 working days. If you’ve been waiting longer, get in touch, choosing fundraising from the drop-down list.
CAN I CANCEL MY FUNDRAISING PACK ORDER?
We’ll do our best to cancel your order, if it hasn’t already been processed. Let us know you’d like to cancel as soon as you can by sending us a message, and choosing fundraising from the drop-down list.
CAN I SET UP A RED NOSE DAY ONLINE GIVING PAGE?
Yes. A Red Nose Day giving page is a really easy and secure way to raise money online and it only takes a few minutes to set one up.
WHERE CAN I GET POSTERS AND FUNDRAISING RESOURCES FROM?
Our fundraising tools page is packed with everything from posters and recipes to a ready-made quiz and sponsorship forms. Download everything you need and have fun!
CAN I HAVE SOME HELP ORGANISING MY FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY OR EVENT?
You’ll find loads of helpful ideas, advice and free downloads in our fundraising tools page. Otherwise, get in touch to let us know what you’re planning and we’ll share some tips to help you reach your target.
All fundraisers are responsible for organising, supervising or hosting their fundraising activity and ensuring that it is both safe and legal. Make sure you check out our fundraising dos and don’ts before you start.
CAN I USE A RED NOSE DAY LOGO?
Yes of course, but there are a few guidelines you’ll need to follow. Get in touch and we’ll send them over.
HOW CAN I GET MY EVENT ON TV?
The BBC decides what’s shown on TV on the big night, but we do send them suggestions so get in touch, choosing fundraising from the drop-down list.
Even if you don’t make it onto the show, we’re always looking for fundraisers to appear on our website, in emails and in printed materials, as well as local and national press. Share your story, and we’ll take a look.
WHAT IS A FUNDRAISING AGREEMENT AND DO I NEED ONE?
A fundraising agreement is usually a simple form that you sign, setting out how you’ll be fundraising on our behalf.
There are certain circumstances where the law requires you to have a fundraising agreement with us.
You’ll need an agreement if:
You’re raising money for Red Nose Day in the course of a business; for example if your shop sells cakes for 50p, and 30p from the sale of each cake will go to Red Nose Day; or
You’re deducting costs from the money you raise for Red Nose Day, for example to cover costs; or
The money you raise will be split between Red Nose Day and another charity.
You are fundraising as part of a large event.
Your fundraising activity will include children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.
There are any health and safety risks involved in your fundraising.
If any of these points are relevant to you, please contact us, choosing fundraising from the drop-down list, and we’ll send you an agreement to fill in. If you’re not sure, or if you’d like an agreement anyway, for example if your local authority requires one, get in touch.
HOW CAN I PAY IN MY FUNDRAISING MONEY FOR RED NOSE DAY?
There are a few ways to send us your money. Don’t forget to send in your sponsorship forms too, so we can claim Gift Aid.
Send cheques (made payable to Red Nose Day 2019), along with your giro slip and any sponsorship forms to:
Red Nose Day 2019 (Fundraise) EY, PO Box 51543 London SE1 2UG This isn’t our office address, so unfortunately we won’t receive letters sent there.
Need a giro slip? Get in touch, choosing fundraising from the drop-down list.
At a bank
Take cash or cheques (made payable to Red Nose Day 2019), along with your giro slip to any high street bank or most building societies. Need a giro slip? Just ask for one at the counter.
Don’t forget your sponsorship forms
We can only claim Gift Aid if you send us your sponsorship forms. Gift Aid means the government adds an extra 25p to every £1 you raise, so it makes a huge difference.
Send your sponsorship forms to:
Red Nose Day 2019 (Fundraise) EYPO Box 51543 London SE1 2UG
If you paid your money in online, please write your online payment reference number in the box on the back of the sponsorship form.
You’ll find the number in your payment confirmation email. If you paid your money in at a bank or building society, please attach a copy of the paying-in receipt to the sponsorship form.
I WANT TO FUNDRAISE AT WORK – WHAT CAN I DO?
There are loads of ways to join in the fun, especially at work. Check out our workplace fundraising ideas or get in touch, choosing fundraising from the drop-down list, to get help and advice from our fundraising team.
CAN I COLLECT MONEY IN PUBLIC?
We don’t permit door-to-door collections but public events and activities are a great way to raise money. If you’re collecting cash in public, you’ll need a license from your local authority. You should be able to find details on their website. Make sure you check out our fundraising dos and don’ts before you start. To find out more, get in touch, choosing fundraising from the drop-down list, and we’ll send you our Red Nose Day bucket labels and handy fundraising guidelines.
SCHOOLS - FUNDRAISING
HOW CAN MY SCHOOL GET INVOLVED IN RED NOSE DAY 2019?
There are lots of ways to join in the fun and raise loads of money at school. You’ll find ideas of every shape and size on our schools page, along with time-saving tips and learning resources. You can also order a free fundraising pack and we’ll send you everything you need, including posters, stickers and balloons. Don’t forget your Noses...
CAN NURSERIES TAKE PART?
Absolutely! This year we’re teaming up with Mr Tumble for an extra special day of fun. Head over to our nurseries page to see what’s in store and download posters, activities, games and learning resources.
CAN YOUTH GROUPS GET INVOLVED IN RED NOSE DAY 2019?
Yes, the more the merrier! Red Nose Day is a great opportunity for youth groups to have fun and raise life-changing money. Whether you’re a uniformed group like the Guides or Scouts, or a youth group within the community, you’ll find everything you need to get involved on our youth groups page.
WE’RE AN INTERNATIONAL/ARMY SCHOOL, CAN WE TAKE PART?
Of course! Head over to our schools page, to find fundraising ideas, time-saving tips and loads of free downloads. If you’re in the UK or a BFPO school, you can also order a free fundraising pack and we’ll send you everything you need, including posters, stickers and balloons. Don’t forget your Noses... Unfortunately, we aren’t able to cover the cost of sending printed fundraising packs to international addresses, but you’ll find loads of free downloads on our schools page.
CAN I USE THE RED NOSE DAY LOGO TO FUNDRAISE?
Yes of course, but there are a few guidelines you’ll need to follow. Get in touch and we’ll send them over.
HOW CAN WE LET YOU KNOW WHAT WE’RE DOING FOR RED NOSE DAY?
We love hearing about all the weird and wonderful things schools and nurseries get up to for Red Nose Day. Tweet us at @comicreliefschor drop us a line, choosing schools, youth groups and nurseries from the drop-down list.
ARE THERE ANY FUNDRAISING AND LEARNING TOOLS AVAILABLE TO HELP ME ORGANISE MY RED NOSE DAY EVENT IN SCHOOL?
There are indeed. Simply order a free fundraising pack and we’ll send you everything you need, from fundraising ideas and time-saving tips to posters, stickers and balloons. Otherwise you’ll find fundraising ideas of every shape and size on our schools page, along with loads of free downloads.
We’ve also created a set of learning resources, including films and a digital story about Farhad, Leila and other young people who are living in refugee camps. With materials tailored for nursery, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary age groups, there’s something to engage and motivate all your learners. Last but not least, don’t forget your Noses... Just so you know, Red Noses aren’t suitable for under 3s. Still want more? Tell us about your plans, choosing schools, youth groups and nurseries from the drop-down list and we’ll try our best to send you some extra goodies.
CAN SOMEONE COME AND TALK TO OUR SCHOOL OR FILM OUR EVENT?
There’s nothing we love more than spending time with our supporters and we’ll always try our best to come along. We do get very busy in the run-up to the big day though, so we can’t get around everyone, unfortunately. If you send us some details with plenty of notice, we’ll get in touch if we’re able to pop in for a visit. We can’t promise that your school can have media or TV coverage, but we do occasionally have opportunities to feature schools who have done something fantastic, fun or quirky in local media. If you’d like to be added to our list of stars in waiting, get in touch, choosing schools, youth groups and nurseries from the drop-down list.
CAN A CELEBRITY COME TO OUR SCHOOL?
All the celebrities that give their time to support Red Nose Day do so for free, and when you add up the TV appearances, media interviews, and everything else they do, that’s often quite a lot. Sadly that means we can’t ask them to attend fundraising events as well. You could always try asking local celebrities though, who have an interest in supporting your local area. Good luck!
WHAT DO I DO ONCE I’VE HELD MY FUNDRAISING EVENT?
Firstly, give yourself a huge pat on the back (and maybe a giant cup of tea). Then get your money in! After all, the sooner you pay in all the cash you’ve raised, the sooner it can start making a difference. You can pay it in online, at a bank or by post. You’ll find everything you need to know on our schools paying-in page.
HOW DO WE PAY IN THE MONEY WE RAISED?
There are three easy ways to pay in the money you have raised. If you need a giro slip, get in touch, choosing schools, youth groups and nurseries from the drop-down list. Send us your nursery, school or youth group’s name and address, and we’ll pop one in the post to you. If you ordered a fundraising pack, you’ll find a giro in the back. Schools
Online: From February 2019, simply go to comicrelief.com/schoolspayin. By post: Fill in your giro slip and post it, along with your cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 (Schools), to Red Nose Day 2019 (Schools), EY, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG. At the bank: Fill in your giro slip and take it, along with your cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 (Schools), to any high street bank. You can pay in at most building societies, too. Nurseries Online: From February 2019, simply go to: comicrelief.com/nurseriespayin. By post: Fill in your giro slip and post it, along with your cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 (Nurseries), to Red Nose Day 2019(Nurseries), EY, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG. At the bank: Fill in your giro slip and take it, along with your cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 (Nurseries), to any high street bank. You can pay in at most building societies, too. Youth groups
Online: From February 2019 simply go to: comicrelief.com/youthgroupspayin.
By post: Download a paying-in slip and post it, along with your cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 (Youth Groups), to Red Nose Day 2019 (Youth Groups), EY, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG. At the bank: Fill in your giro slip and take it, along with your cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 (Youth Groups), to any high street bank. You can pay in at most building societies, too. Remember, if you pay in your money online or with your giro slip by 30 April 2019, we’ll send you a certificate to thank you for all your amazing fundraising efforts.
I’VE LOST MY GIRO SLIP, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Don’t worry, you don’t need one to pay in online. Pay in for a nursery Pay in for a school If you’d rather pay at a bank or by post, we can send you a new giro. Just get in touch, choosing schools, youth groups and nurseries from the drop-down list. Send us your nursery, school or youth group’s name and address, and we’ll pop one in the post to you.
WILL WE GET A CERTIFICATE FOR FUNDRAISING?
If you pay in your money online, by post or at a bank using a giro before 30 April 2019, we’ll send you a certificate before the end of the summer term. If you haven’t paid in your money using one of these methods (for instance if you set up a JustGiving page), we won’t automatically send you a certificate. You can request one though by dropping us a line, choosing schools, youth groups and nurseries from the drop-down list.
SCHOOLS DEPOSIT SCHEME
HOW CAN I GET RED NOSES FOR MY SCHOOL OR NURSERY?
Good news: our exclusive Red Noses for Schools scheme is back! There are two ways to order, depending on how you want to pay. You can order them online with a credit or debit card, or download an order form then pop it in the post with a cheque.
Just so you know, Red Noses aren’t suitable for under 3s.WHAT IS RED NOSES FOR SCHOOLS?
Red Noses for Schools is an exclusive deposit scheme designed just for schools and nurseries. It means that you can order boxes of Red Noses to sell in your school or group at £1.25 per Nose, paying just £15 per box now as a deposit and the remaining £35 after Red Nose Day.
Each box contains 40 Red Noses, with a mix of 11 different characters. It’s one of the easiest and most popular ways to kick off your fundraising activities, so order yours now.
Just so you know, Red Noses aren’t suitable for under 3s.
HOW MUCH DOES THE RED NOSE COST THROUGH RED NOSES FOR SCHOOLS?
Red Noses cost £1.25 each. In the shops, you have to pay the whole £1.25 upfront, but with Red Noses for Schools, you pay 37.5p per Red Nose upfront as a deposit and the remaining 83.5p after Red Nose Day once they’ve been sold.
There’s also a charge for postage and packaging.
HOW MUCH MONEY FROM THE SALE OF A RED NOSE GOES TO COMIC RELIEF?
A minimum of 65p per Red Nose goes to Comic Relief.
HOW MUCH IS POSTAGE AND PACKAGING FOR RED NOSES FOR SCHOOLS?
£7.50 for 1-3 boxes (40-120 Noses) £11.00 for 4-6 boxes (160-240 Noses) £13.50 for 7-9 boxes (280-360 Noses) £20.00 for 10-20 boxes (400-800 Noses) Please note that Noses are now sold in boxes of 40 not 60.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE?
Please send in the balance (plus any extra money people donate towards Noses) as soon as you can after Red Nose Day. Make your cheque payable to Red Noses for Schools and send it, along with the remittance slip that was in the box with your Noses to: Freepost RTJL-CSJZ-GRRA Red Nose Day Schools Stuff Barberton House Farndon Road Market Harborough LE16 9NR
WHAT IS THE LATEST DATE I CAN ORDER MY RED NOSES FOR SCHOOLS?
Red Noses for Schools closes on Friday 8 March so there’s time to get your Noses out to you in time for the big day on Friday 15 March.
WHEN WILL MY RED NOSES ARRIVE?
Red Noses ordered before Friday 25 January should be delivered by Friday 8 February.
After that, you should allow up to 10 working days for orders to arrive.
Red Noses for Schools closes on Friday 8 March. Order forms received after this date may not be processed, in which case cheques will not be cashed.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH ANY UNSOLD RED NOSES?
Unfortunately you can’t return Red Noses ordered through Red Noses for Schools or get a refund on unsold Noses.
Comic Relief can’t afford the financial risk of providing them on a sale-or-return basis and therefore we still need the remaining 83.5p per Red Nose, for all Red Noses ordered, to be paid.
Because of this, it’s important you only order as many Red Noses as your pupils will buy.
If you do have any left over, it’s entirely up to you what to do with them. How about using them to create a display to announce your fundraising total?
If you’d like to recycle any leftover Noses, please take them to the lovely people at your local Sainsbury’s, who are kindly collecting them up for us.Please don’t put Noses in your household recycling.
IF I BUY RED NOSES THROUGH RED NOSES FOR SCHOOLS WILL THEY ALL BE THE SAME DESIGN?
Each box contains 40 Red Noses and you’ll get a mixture of all 11 designs. You never know, you might be lucky enough to find one of the rare or ultra-rare Noses too!
WHY CAN’T I BUY BADGES, T-SHIRTS AND DEELEY BOPPERS THROUGH A DEPOSIT SCHEME?
We really wish we could, but unfortunately it would simply be too difficult and cost too much for us to run this scheme for products other than the Red Noses. Sorry!
HOW CAN I DONATE TO RED NOSE DAY 2019?
There are a few ways to donate. However you do it, thank you – we think you’re amazing.
Online: The easiest way to donate is online, using your credit or debit card.
On the phone – Friday 15 March only: Our lines will be open all day on Friday 15 March. Call 03457 910 910 to donate using a credit or debit card. Just so you know, standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.
By post: Simply send a cheque or postal order made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 to: Red Nose Day 2019 EYPO Box 51543 London SE1 2UG At a bank or building society: Ask for a Red Nose Day giro slip at the counter then pay using cash, card or cheque.
CAN I TRANSFER MONEY DIRECTLY TO THE RED NOSE DAY BANK ACCOUNT?
Unfortunately not. There are lots of other ways to donate though.
I LIVE OUTSIDE THE UK. CAN I MAKE A DONATION?
Of course! There are a couple of ways to send us money from overseas. However you do it, thank you for going the extra mile.
Online: You can donate online in pounds sterling, US dollars, Australian dollars or Euros, using your credit or debit card.
By post: Simply send a cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 to: Red Nose Day 2019 EYPO Box 51543 London SE1 2UG Just so you know, if your cheque is drawn in a currency other than pounds sterling, the bank may take a commission charge for clearing the cheque. That means Red Nose Day may not receive the full value of the cheque.
I HAVE SOME SMALL CHANGE I’D LIKE TO DONATE. WHAT SHALL I DO WITH IT?
Count it, bag it and take it to any high street bank. Head straight to the counter and they’ll help you pay it in.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY CHEQUE TO BE CASHED?
We’ll cash your cheque as quickly as we can, but it can take up to six weeks as we’re processing so many.
CAN I DONATE FROM MY CAF (CHARITIES AID FOUNDATION) ACCOUNT?
Of course. Just head to our CAF page to get started. Otherwise,you can send a CAF voucher or cheque made payable to Red Nose Day 2019 to:
Red Nose Day 2019 EYPO Box 51543 London SE1 2UG
CAN I DONATE MONTHLY?
Of course you can. It’s quick and easy to set up a regular donation and you’ll be helping to make a huge difference every month, so thank you.
MY EMPLOYER HAS A MATCHED GIVING SCHEME. HOW DO I SET IT UP?
Find out who to speak to at work – it’s usually someone in HR or finance. If you have a completed matched giving form, send your form, along with your cheque, online payment reference or bank paying-in receipt, to:
Red Nose Day 2019 EYPO Box 51543 London SE1 2UG If you need a receipt from us to apply for matched giving, get in touch, choosing donations from the drop-down list. Include your payment details and we’ll send a receipt once the donation has been verified.
WHAT IS GIFT AID?
Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim back tax on donations from UK taxpayers. If you say yes to Gift Aid when you make your donation to Red Nose Day, we can claim an additional 25% of the value of your donation from the government, which we use to help cover our running costs. It won’t cost you a penny and it means that every pound that you donate can go towards helping to transform people’s lives in the UK and the world’s poorest communities.
HOW CAN I BE SURE MY DONATION IS ELIGIBLE FOR 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 your donations, it is your responsibility to pay any difference. Gift Aid is equal to 25% of your donation. For example, if you donate £10 and say yes to Gift Aid, we can claim an extra £2.50 from the government. You will need to pay more than £2.50 in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in that tax year though. We’ll also need your full name and home address to claim Gift Aid.
HOW DO I GIFT AID MY TEXT DONATION?
To Gift Aid your text donation, please fill in this form(opens in new window). You only need to fill it in once and it will apply to all text donations you make to Red Nose Day 2019 from that phone number.
IS SPONSORSHIP OR FUNDRAISING MONEY ELIGIBLE FOR GIFT AID?
Yes, as long as we receive a Gift Aid declaration (just a tick and an address) from each eligible person who gave money. The easiest way to collect these is on a Red Nose Day sponsorship form(opens in new window). Please send your sponsorship form along with your cheque, online payment reference or bank receipt to: Red Nose Day 2019 EYPO Box 51543 London SE1 2UG Remember to fill in your name and home address on the sponsorship form as well, so we know who raised the money.
Please note, we can only claim Gift Aid in your name on donations you’ve made personally. We aren’t allowed to claim Gift Aid in your name on money collected from other people.
IS MY COMPANY DONATION ELIGIBLE FOR GIFT AID?
Unfortunately not. Gift Aid only applies to personal donations. For a charity to benefit from the tax on a company donation, the donation should be paid gross (without deducting Income Tax). The company can then claim tax relief when calculating its profits for Corporation Tax. For further information, please contact your tax office or accountant.
WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT GIFT AID?
For further information about Gift Aid, take a look at the HMRC website or the Institute of Fundraising website. Alternatively, contact your local tax office.