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

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Help at hand

Dawn French launches the National Domestic Violence Helpline – the first free domestic abuse helpline. It’s jointly funded by us and the Government to support women who feel they have no escape from domestic abuse.


Socking it to ’em

Sport Relief rallies over 81,000 people to raise cash by taking part in Sport Relief Mile events… and all in red socks. That’s a lot of socks. Over 162,000 in fact. In total, the campaign raised over £16.8 million.


Sha la la lala

Red Nose Day 2005 sees Peter Kay and Tony Christie finding their way to Amarillo as people across the country find it in their hearts to raise £65 million.


Live8 rocks the world

Make Poverty History gets its rock on with 10 Live8 concerts across the world. An estimated 3.8 billion tune in to watch and help encourage G8 leaders into greatly relieving the debts of the world’s poorest countries.


Howdy partner

TK Maxx joins the Comic Relief family as a corporate partner (and has been on board ever since).


Senior support

We launch a campaign to draw attention to the plight of older people in the UK who are abused by people they should be able to trust. As a result, Comic Relief takes its first steps into TV drama with a show called Dad.


Little Britain Live

A gala version of Little Britain Live is staged in aid of Comic Relief and filmed to be broadcast on Red Nose Day 2007. Guests include Kate Moss, Russell Brand and Peter Kay.

15 June

A Big Splash

David Walliams causes huge waves by swimming the Channel and raises £1 million in the process. His herculean efforts inspire over 420,000 people to run a mile for Sport Relief and raise £18m.


Idol Gives Back

Comic Relief works with American Idol to create Idol Gives Back, a 2 hour TV spectacular which airs in the USA and raises more than $75m.


The Big One

Our 12th Red Nose Day lives up to its billing as The Big One and hauls in over £67 million. That’s bigger than big.


SING with Annie

Comic Relief helps Annie Lennox to set up a campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Called SING, it raises more than £1 million in its first year.


Trafficking helpline

In collaboration with the Home Office, plus the NSPCC and other charities, we established the first ever trafficking helpline to help young people who have been trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation.

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