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.