How much money did Comic Relief raise in 2022 and Sport Relief in 2020?
It’s that time of year again; Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day telethon will return to our screens on Friday evening (March 17).
Broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer, the event will feature some famous faces taking on challenges and appearing in skits, all for a good cause. Presenter AJ Odudu will be joined by actor David Tennant, comedian Joel Dommett, Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness and radio DJ Zoe Ball to host the program live from MediaCity in Salford.
This year, the fundraiser will support people struggling with the cost of living crisis, tackling issues such as homelessness, mental health issues and food poverty. Founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis and Sir Lenny Henry, Comic Relief built on the success of Band Aid and Live Aid. Red Nose Day used to take place every two years, but this is no longer the case.
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Based on Comic Relief, Sport Relief was founded and its first TV event took place in 2002. Almost a decade later, in 2021, Comic Relief announced that it would transition from alternating Sport Relief and Red Nose Day campaigns to an annual Red Nose Day, and Sport Relief is evolving into a year-round brand.
This has been the case since 2021. Both foundations have raised millions for good causes over the years. Here’s how much each collected from their recent events.
How much did Comic Relief raise in 2022?
Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry hosted the Red Nose Day Show last year. Entertainment that night included Strictly Come Dancing champions Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernicen performing the waltz while Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders paid a visit to Jay Blade’s repair shop in a never-before-seen skit starring Dame Judi Dench.
Last year the antics on Red Nose Day raised £42,790,147 and helped Comic Relief reach a special milestone. The donations meant the charity had raised £1.5billion since it started.
When was the last Sport Relief and how much did it bring?
Sport Relief was last held in March 2020. There was a whole host of challenges, including eight celebrities completing a 100-mile expedition across the Namib Desert.
On TV night, Romesh Ranganathan and Andy Murray competed in a miniature golf challenge, comedy sketches from Killing Eve and Line of Duty, and even a Stranger Things special.
A total of £40,540,355 was raised.
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