Richard Curtis, CBE and Lenny Henry, CBE

FOUNDERS COMIC RELIEF

Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry founded Comic Relief in 1985 in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief's appeal is Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon held in March, alternating with sister project Sport Relief (founded in 2002, when Comic Relief and BBC Sport teamed up). Comic Relief is one of the two high profile telethon events held in the United Kingdom, the other being Children in Need, held annually in November. The BBC is responsible for the live television extravaganza on Red Nose Day; BT provides the telephony, and Sainsbury's sells merchandise on behalf of the charity. Since the charity was launched in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £750 million. The 2013 event raised £75,107,852, the highest so far. 

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