IT’S 25 years since funnymen and women burst on to our television screens demanding cash for Comic Relief.
Since then, Red Nose Day has raised more than £600m to give to those most in need, both in the UK and Africa.
Now Comic Relief has teamed up with The News to give away £50,000 from the Community Cash fund to deserving community groups and charities in the Portsmouth area this Red Nose Day, March 15.
The amazing amount of cash could make a huge difference to the work done by tireless volunteers to make other people’s lives better.
Grants of between £500 and £1,000 will be given out – that means up to 100 brilliant local good causes could benefit.
But you must apply by Red Nose Day, March 15. Find out who can apply only in The News today.
UK grants manager for Comic Relief Sue Wicks said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with The News and offering Red Nose Day Community Cash for the first time to local groups in Portsmouth.
‘We’ve funded some truly inspiring projects in the city in previous years.
‘We know from our long experience of grant making in communities all over the UK that local groups can make a huge impact at the heart of their communities with a small amount of money.
‘Thanks to these groups, money raised through Red Nose Day can make a real difference where it’s needed most.
‘I urge as many groups as possible to get their applications in now for their chance to get a grant from the £50,000 on offer.’
The EC Roberts Centre, in Crasswell Street, Landport, has previously benefited from a grant of £5,000 to run cookery courses for families to encourage them to eat healthily on a budget.
Carole Damper is the chief executive and said the cash from Comic Relief was vital in getting the course off the ground and it will make a big difference to people’s lives.
She said: ‘In more affluent areas, people learn new skills by attending cookery courses or clubs – why shouldn’t families in need have that same fun experience?
‘Participants will also be offered the opportunity to take food hygiene courses which will help them be healthier at home.’
We want to hear what you will be doing to raise cash for the brilliant charity this year. Will you be bathing in a tub of baked beans? Or perhaps doing a sponsored run dressed as a giant red nose?
Celebrities will be doing their bit – including singer Jessie J who will shave her locks off live on air to encourage the nation to do something funny for Comic Relief this Red Nose Day.
Comic Relief expects millions of people to pick up the monstrously funny Dinosaur Red Nose from Sainsbury’s, Oxfam or rednoseday.com.
The grants are available to a wide range of groups – from luncheon clubs to equipment for youth clubs.
· Pick up a copy of The News today for full details of how to apply for part of the £50,000 giveaway.