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

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Taking on the Tough Stuff

Comic Relief collaborates with Eastenders to raise awareness of the issues of young people being sexually exploited in the UK.


Our Biggest Ever!

The British public really comes together to do something funny for money for Red Nose Day 2011 and smashes all previous records by raising an incredible £108.4 million.


Walliams takes the plunge

Sport Relief superstar David Walliams doesn’t just keep his head above water, he swims an astonishing 140 miles along the River Thames for his BT Sport Relief Challenges: Walliams VS The Thames.


Famous Rich and in the slums

Lenny Henry, Samantha Womack, Reggie Yates and Angela Rippon agree to swap their lives of privilege and luxury for a week to live and work in Kibera, one of the largest and most impoverished slums on earth.


Week of hell

In John Bishop’s BT Sport Relief Challenges: Bishop’s Week of Hell, the comedian goes 290 miles out of his way to raise more than £4 million by cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London in five days.


Time to Change

We award £4 million – our biggest UK grant ever – to the Time to Change campaign, which works to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.


Extreme Sport

In a record-breaking campaign, over a million people run the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, and a fantastic total of £67,977,824 is raised for Sport Relief 2012.


Sport Relief Goes Global

Sport Relief went global for the first time, with a season's programming broadcast in 170 territories on BBC Worldwide’s channels. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s overseas staff helped organise 36 international Miles.


Red Nose Day 2013

Jack Dee and Dara O Briain are joined by four other brave celebs to tackle the mighty Zambezi, while our crack team of celebrity Fun Raisers encourage the country to do something funny for money, helping to top an incredible £100 million.


Miranda's Mad March

Miranda took on five challenges in five days around England for BT Red Nose Challenges: Miranda’s Mad March, from waxing legs to performing in her own girl band. She finished by organising a couple’s wedding and raised over £1 million!


Enough Food For Everyone IF

Comic Relief lends its weight to this campaign to encourage the G8 summit to change laws and bring an end to global hunger. In June, 45,000 people turned up in Hyde Park to support the campaign.



Raised a record breaking Sport Relief total of £71,820,731! The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games took place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and across the UK.

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