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.
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.
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.
Red Nose Day 4 witnesses the invasion of the tomato noses and an incredible £18 million raised.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BBC One’s Omnibus marks Comic Relief’s 10th birthday by giving it a programme all to itself. 2.8 million people tune in.
African away game
Fourteen brave celebrity football enthusiasts (including Frank Skinner, David Essex, Nick Hancock and Angus Deayton) go on tour in Burkino Faso and Ghana to play footie and make a TV documentary called Balls to Africa.
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.
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.