Keep up the good work

Twenty-five years ago today I leapt on to your TV screens with a big red nose on my face, and asked you to part with your hard-earned cash to help some people in Africa you’d never met.

Much to my amazement and delight, you did!

The first ever Red Nose Day raised an impressive £15m, thanks to you fine folk sitting on your sofas in the south east.

Over the years Red Nose Day has raised an extraordinary £600m to help fund some amazing projects in Africa, but also right here on your doorstep in the UK.

From young carers to women experiencing domestic violence, from older people living in isolation to families living in extreme poverty – a real difference has been made. And these are just some of the many ways your money has helped change lives.

A mahoosive thank you to the people of the south east... keep up the good work!

Lenny Henry

Comic Relief