Red Nose Day is back! Manchester prepares to laugh for annual fundraiser’s 25th anniversary

By Suraj Radia

Red Nose Day returns this week and Manchester is in full spirits to ensure the fundraiser’s 25th anniversary is one of the most successful yet.

Friday March 15 will see the country turn red in the annual event, which has provided over £600million for underprivileged children in the UK and Africa since Christmas Day 1988.

Comic Relief launched RND to make the public laugh and raise money at the same time for the famine that was then devastating Ethiopia.

Steph Maguire, Nations and Regions Media Officer at Comic Relief, said: “It’s great to see people in Manchester getting behind Red Nose Day.

“Money raised will help people living tough lives right here in Manchester as well as across the UK and Africa and every penny counts.”

The day culminates with an evening of unmissable TV on the BBC, where celebrities from all over the country come together for one night of pure entertainment.

Mancunians such as Nick Grimshaw, Peter Kay and Chelsee Healey are part of the A-List line-up of entertainers, performing stand-up acts, comedy sketches and much more.

This year’s event has received the backing of plenty of Manchester’s elite, including the star-studded players of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Gareth Barry, Jack Rodwell and Pablo Zabaleta were among the players to whack on a funky Chris Waddle-style wig in their ‘80s hair dare.’

They sported the 80s hairdos and dared the public to do the same, all in the name of charity and fun to celebrate the 25-year anniversary.  

England and City goalkeeper Joe Hart said: “If we can make ourselves look silly then you can. What are you waiting for?

“Do something funny for money and get sponsored to wear a wig, cut, crimp or even dye your hair and help us raise cash for those truly in need both in Africa and even right here in the UK.”

If wigs aren’t your thing, the basic principle is to wear red and buy a red nose to wear for £1, of which at least 60p goes to the charity.

This year’s noses are ‘Dinosesaurs’ – three prehysteric creatures designed to have the nation roaring with laughter.

And the Dinosesaur named Dinomite was sighted stomping into Manchester last month to encourage fundraising at spots including St Peter’s Square and Old Trafford.

A Comic Relief spokesperson said “Dinomite appears to be having a great deal of fun in Manchester, seeing the city for himself. 

“The globetrotter is on a mission to encourage the people of Greater Manchester to buy a Red Nose and remind people that money raised this Red Nose Day helps people living tough lives in Manchester, the rest of the UK and in Africa.”

Red Nose Day is on Friday 15th March – be sure to grab your red nose from Oxfam, Sainsbury’s or online at for just £1 and join in the fun!

Image courtesy of VoteSaxon07 via YouTube, with thanks.

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