The Work We Support

Your donations make a very real difference to people in the UK and around the world, whether you donate through Red Nose Day, Sport Relief or to Comic Relief at any other time of year. Here are just two of the many stories of how people are changing their lives with your support.

The People we Fund Cards

Who you're helping: Meet Shireen

Full time carer and mum of two Shireen has had to turn to Butter Thing food Hub in Warrington for help with the spiralling cost of food and household essentials.

Project spotlight: Kennishead Larder

A vital lifeline for residents of this Glasgow suburb, Kennishead Larder provides much needed help with the cost of living crisis through an affordable shopping alternative.

Who you're helping: Meet Chantal

For many years, Chantal’s life was very difficult. Employed as a houseworker in Rwanda, Chantal was the sole earner in her family, whilst also being expected to cook, clean and look after three children. When Shooting Touch arrived in Chantal’s village it helped her change her situation.

Who you're helping: Meet Tracey

Seeing the struggles of single mums in her community, Tracey set up Guiding Hands. She’s been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that no family goes without food.

HOW YOU HELP

All year-round, the money donated to Comic Relief works hard to support some incredible projects making a change to people's lives across the UK and around the world. In fact, over a two year period, Comic Relief funding has helped to support 11.7 million people, including:

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A volunteer at the African Caribbean Care Centre makes a food delivery.

more than 750,000...

...people in the UK experiencing financial and material poverty to access advice and support.

A person petting a therapy horse

more than 29,000...

...people who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse to access safe accommodation and specialist services.

more than 46,000...

...children and young people in the UK, and more than 8.1 million internationally.

Read past years' stories to learn more about the people and projects we work with.

Stories Archive

Meet Renee

Renee and Norman spent twenty happy years together. But when Norman fell ill, and sadly passed away, Renee needed some more support. The British Red Cross makes sure Renee isn’t left on her own. 

Meet Pendo

She’s just joined a course near her home on the coast of Kenya – and it could change her family’s life.

Meet James

When the first Covid-19 lockdown hit in March 2020, James lost his job and his relationship broke down. The School of Hard Knocks helped James out of a very dark place, giving him the opportunity to learn, rebuild his confidence and land his dream job.

Meet Velna

After discovering that she was HIV positive while pregnant with her first child, Velna knows how scary this can be. With the help of mothers2mothers, she now uses her own experiences to support other mums.

Meet Richie and Courtney

In Edinburgh, Richie and Courtney are helping people affected by homeless and addiction to get back on their feet.

Meet Ben

Ben started experiencing mental health issues in 2014. He sought help from the Nairobi-based Kamili Organisation, which offered support, counselling, and access to medication.

Meet Matilda

After her father died suddenly at home, Matilda, 13, turned to the Comic Relief-funded project Balloons in Devon to support her bereavement.

Meet Yvonne

Yvonne, 79, lives in Manchester and began visiting the African Caribbean Care Group after a life-changing injury.

Meet Donation & Lindo

When Lindo was 14 and homeless, outreach worker Donation helped him turn his life around through Nairobi-based I Care's education program.

Meet Kate

After battling breast cancer while caring for her mother, Kate rebuilt her confidence through a rugby club with the Comic Relief-funded organisation School of Hard Knocks.

Remembering Oliver

In October 2020, Oliver was just six weeks into his first term of A-levels when, without any warning, he unexpectedly took his own life.

Harbour Support Services

Harbour Support Services supports the mothers and children living in the refuges across Northeast England, and Comic Relief funds two early years practitioners who support women who are pregnant or with children under school age.