The supporters for the 2021 Red Nose Day celebration has been announced, with some familiar famous faces.

It’s coming up to that time of year again, with a Vicar of Dibley special to accompany it.

Red Nose Day has been set for Friday, March 19th and the tagline is something we can all relate to after a difficult year.

“Funny is power” nods to the transformative power held during times of struggle or difficulty.  Comic Relief co-founder Lenny Henry said,”We know that it’s hard financially for so many people right now, but we’d love you to join us – even if it’s just to share a laugh.

“If we raise some money along the way then brilliant. We know that when times are tough, laughter can really make a difference.”

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This coincides with the new Red Noses — 100% plastic free, plant based and good for the environment.

The new Red Noses, which took over 18 months to develop with Comic Relief’s longstanding partner Sainsbury’s, are made from a by-product of sugarcane called Bagasse and available in 10 fantastically fun woodland characters.

The Noses cost £1.50 with at least 75p going to Comic Relief to help fund projects in the UK and around the world. These help tackle issues such as homelessness, domestic abuse and mental health stigma, and support those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Comic Relief is launching Share a Smile – a campaign aiming to bring more joy to homes across the country by encouraging people to place their favourite joke in their window. Putting joy in the front and centre, the way Red Nose day celebrations always do, we know it will be a jam-packed enjoyable event.

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The 2021 event marks the 35th in Comic Relief’s history. The BBC One telethon will be hosted by Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness and Lenny Henry. It will feature live performances and sketches, including a Staged special from David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

Judith Batchelar, Director of CR&S and Public Affairs at Sainsbury’s said, “We’re delighted to be working with our long-standing partner Comic Relief again this year to help those in need and collectively raise funds to support some of the most vulnerable people in the communities we serve, across the UK.

“For the first time ever, we are also proud to have developed a new 100% plastic free, plant-based Nose. This is just another example of Sainsbury’s commitment to reducing plastic in our business, alongside our target to halve plastic packaging by 2025.”

As COVID-19 continues to affect people all over the world, there’s never been a better time to make a difference, no matter how big or small. By purchasing any of the Sainsbury’s official Red Nose Day merchandise range, shoppers will be helping support people in the UK and around the world, and help tackle hunger, homelessness, domestic abuse and mental health stigma.

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