Last night, Comic Relief made history as it broke the one billion pound mark, for the most successful Red Nose Day in history. The charity has a history of over 30 years, and this was the year where they raised the most money yet, over £1 billion.
BBC hosted their Red Nose Day performance last night, and this raised more than £78 million. The show ended with the founder of Comic Relief, Richard Curtis, making a speech about how proud he was of the achievements that the charity has accomplished. Prior to the BBC Red Nose Day performance, the charity had already raised over £960 million.
Many celebrities played their part in raising money for the charity. Rowan Atkinson and Dawn French took on their much-loved roles as Mr Bean and the Vicar of Dibley, making appearances throughout the evening, much to the delight of the audience, who loved the short sketches. Steven Hawking also made an appearance along with David Walliams, playing characters from Little Britain. Other highlights of the evening included a mocumentary which chronicled the creation of the iconic voice of James Bond, performed by Daniel Craig, Sir James Moore, Ben Wishaw and Rory Kinnear.
The charity was first founded in 1985, by Lenny Henry, a comedian, and Richard Curtis, a writer. The two wanted to set something up in response to the famine in Ethiopia.