OUR HISTORY TIMELINE

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


Full history   The highlights

2008

A wonderful weekend

Sport Relief decides it’s time to make a weekend of it and raises £28 million over three days.

2008

Education for all

We head to the UN in New York to launch a £10 million match-funded project with the UK government in support of the Class of 2015 – a global Millennium Development Goal to help every child in the world get an education.

2009

Top of the world

Nine awesome celebs – Gary Barlow, Cheryl Cole, Ronan Keating, Alisha Dixon, Chris Moyles, Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Ben Shephard, Fearne Cotton – undertake The BT Big Red Nose Climb and climb up Mt Kilimanjaro and into our hearts by raising over £3m!

2009

Marathon man

Comedian Eddie Izzard completes one of the most incredible challenges ever undertaken for Sport Relief. He runs 43 marathons in 51 days and raises in excess of £1.8 million. We salute you, Eddie!

2009

We all go a bit funny

The nation goes wild and does something funny for money to support Red Nose Day 2009 – and they raise an astounding £82 million, which blows us all away.

2009

A chance to look back

BBC One broadcasts Comic Relief: The Fool's Guide, a documentary narrated by David Tennant that celebrates the first 21 years of Comic Relief.

2010

Bigger and better

Sport Relief 2010 indulges the UK in another weekend of sporting support for fantastic causes. It turns out to be the biggest Sport Relief to date and raises well in excess of £42 million.

2010

Celebrity challenges

For Sport Relief, Blue Peter’s Helen Skelton completes a World Record-breaking six-week, 2,010-mile kayak down the Amazon River, whilst TV presenter Christine Bleakley waterskis the English Channel in 100 minutes.

2010

Cycling superstars

David Walliams, Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart, Russell Howard, Patrick Kielty, Jimmy Carr and Davina McCall complete a non-stop relay cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land's End for Sport Relief and raise over £1.3 million!

2010

United Relief Live

34,000 turn out at Old Trafford for United Relief Live – a day of music and celebrity football as ex-Man Utd players and famous supporters take on a team of celebrity rivals. More than £75,000 is raised for Comic Relief.

2010

We join the jet set

British Airways chooses Comic Relief as its global charity partner – the first partnership to work with Comic Relief that aims to raise money all year round.

2010

Sport Relief South Africa

The first ever international flagship Mile took place in Cape Town with over 3,500 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities raising funds for disadvantaged kids supported by Child Welfare South Africa.

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