Comic Relief is a charity founded in 1985 in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief’s appeal is Red Nose Day, a day where people raise money by doing something fun and appeal for sponsorship in order to do so.
The charity states that its aim is to "bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which we believe requires investing in work that addresses people’s immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice”.
One of the fundamental principles behind working at Comic Relief is the "Golden Pound Principle" where every single donated pound is spent on charitable projects. All operating costs, such as staff salaries, are covered by corporate sponsors, or interest earned on money waiting to be distributed.