OUR HISTORY TIMELINE

Below are just some of the highlights of Comic Relief's history.


Full history   The highlights

FEBRUARY
1991

Time for The Stonk

Comedians Hale and Pace unleash The Stonk, which tops the UK charts, lodges itself in the nation’s head and, most importantly, helps to raise a stonking amount of money.

15 MARCH
1991

Red Nose Day 3

Our third Red Nose Day (The Stonker) continues to bring in the cash and change lives by, again, raising more than £20 million.

OCTOBER
1992

Pop Relief

In partnership with hit kids TV show Going Live! and Smash Hits magazine, Pop Relief – a project challenging young people to write and record a Comic Relief song – is launched.

12 MARCH
1993

Squashing poverty

Red Nose Day 4 witnesses the invasion of the tomato noses and an incredible £18 million raised.

1993

Pride Against Prejudice

Comic Relief launches Pride Against Prejudice, a 30-minute programme about young people’s attitudes to disability that further raises awareness of disabled people’s rights.

1994

Surviving Genocide

We supported four widows in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. What we couldn’t foresee was the extent to which that organisation, AVEGA, would grow into a huge force for change – it now has over 25,000 members all receiving vital support. 

1994

Altogether Better

Continuing our fight for disabled people’s rights, we create Altogether Better, an educational film starring Griff Rhys Jones and Sarah Plunkett that promotes the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream schools.

17 MARCH
1995

One day = £22 million

Red Nose Day 5 goes live. The theme is ‘What a Difference a Day Makes’, and what a difference it did make: a whopping great £22 million to be exact.

March 1996
1996

Omnibus special

BBC One’s Omnibus marks Comic Relief’s 10th birthday by giving it a programme all to itself. 2.8 million people tune in.

JULY
1996

African away game

Fourteen brave celebrity football enthusiasts (including Frank Skinner, David Essex, Nick Hancock and Angus Deayton) go on tour in Burkina Faso and Ghana to play footie and make a TV documentary called Balls to Africa.

1997

Empowering Women

Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai brought local women together to plant trees, generate an income and bring them together. We supported Wangari to grow her Green Belt Movement into a huge force for change, which has given these women a voice.

14 MARCH
1997

Everyone digs deep

Our sixth Red Nose Day encourages people to use their small change to make a big difference. With more than £27 million raised, it proved that all amounts, no matter how big or how small, really do add up.

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