Comic Relief And Award-Winning Filmmaker Harry Hitchens Team Up To Release Male Suicide Awareness Film

Comic Relief and award-winning filmmaker and writer, Harry Hitchens, have teamed up to create a new short film to raise awareness of men’s mental health and male suicide – the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK – which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the UK and across the world. Inspired by Comic Relief’s work to tackle mental health stigma and male suicide, Harry – a Royal Television Society and British Independent Film Award winner – has written and produced a…

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Comic Relief appoints digital expert Samir Patel as new CEO

Comic Relief has appointed digital expert Samir Patel to be its new CEO Samir has over 20 years of international digital, grassroot campaigns and communications experience and will join the charity from Blue State where he is the Head of Insights and Innovation and part of the senior management team leading Blue State in Europe. He has overseen major brand updates, helped charities innovate in fundraising, and has led digital initiatives to engage and mobilise communities for high profile global NGO’s, charities and commercial organisations including Oxfam, Google, Co-op, Amnesty…

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Comic Relief launches 100% plastic free red noses

Comic Relief launch their first ever 100% plastic-free, plant-based Red Nose which will launch early next year for Red Nose Day 2021.  The new Red Nose will be made from bagasse, a natural by-product of sugarcane, chosen for its widely celebrated sustainable qualities. The new Nose has taken over 18 months to develop, following extensive research and testing into suitable plastic-free alternative materials. In keeping with the environmentally friendly theme, the Noses will be available in 10 different characters representing the great outdoors for the public to collect, including a…

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Comic Relief delivers £3.4 million fund for BAME-led projects worst hit by Covid-19

Hundreds of small grass roots charitable projects across the UK are set to benefit from a new £3.4 million fund from Comic Relief, which aims to help vulnerable communities by supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) projects struggling to continue their services because of the pandemic. Recent worrying reports have highlighted the disproportionate health impact of Covid-19 on Black and Asian people across the UK. Many small grassroots projects who work directly with these communities are also facing financial crisis and closure due to the pandemic, according to findings…

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BBC charities to celebrate the UK’s community spirit and resilience with ‘The Big Night In’ on BBC One

The BBC is celebrating the acts of kindness, humour and the spirit of hope and resilience that is keeping the nation going during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic with a special night of programming for BBC One. The Big Night In will see the BBC’s biggest charitable partners, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, coming together for the very first time for a special night of television. The live show, produced by BBC Studios Entertainment, will offer some light relief and entertainment, whilst celebrating and rewarding those going the extra…

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