Comic Relief was founded in 1985 by comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry, in response to the famine in Ethiopia. The concept of the charity was to get British comedians to make the public laugh, whilst raising money to help people in need in Africa, and at home in the United Kingdom. It’s vision is to have a world free of poverty. The money raised by the charity is put towards a host of life saving projects. Their initiatives are designed to tackle inequality in the most effective and efficient ways possible so as to make lasting change and sustainable impact. They aim to entertain, engage and accelerate change. They do this by being a creative agency for social change.

To date Comic Relief has invested over £1 billion since inception. Each year it draws together all the money donated to it and uses it to give grants to thousands of charities who are working to help people living tough lives, both here in the UK and around the world.

James is wholly committed to the vision and mission of Comic Relief. He has been involved directly in a number of projects including ‘Victorians Dragons’ Den’, when James and his co-stars from the hit TV BBC1 programme Dragons Den filmed a special edition of the programme. This spoof was televised on Comic Relief day 2009 and saw Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse turn the table on the Dragons. It subsequently had over a quarter of million views on YouTube. In addition James joined the Sport Relief team on a four day trip to Kenya. This particular year the televised Comic Relief appeal raised an incredible £65 million which went towards helping poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

BBC1 Dragon’s Den Comic Relief special

James gives a South London community centre a makeover for Children in Need.

BBC One - James Caan and The Dragons on Jonathan Ross