Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is returning for its 35th year, with a live telethon set to take place on Friday 19 March.
The national fundraising event sees celebrities and members of the public alike raising essential funds to help those struggling in both the UK and abroad.
This year, all donations will go towards tackling social issues such as homelessness, poverty, domestic abuse and mental health – all of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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After an incredibly difficult year for the NHS, funds will also be awarded to NHS Charities Together – an organisation offering psychological support to frontline staff to cope with the aftermath of the Covid-19, bereavement support and financial aid to the families of those who have tragically lost their lives in service.
While there are limits to the fundraising activities those wanting to help can do in person, there’s another way to support some of the most important causes: shopping.
Merchandise is available for purchase from the official Comic Relief online shop, and at Sainsbury’s and TK Maxx, both in-store and online.
Here’s our pick of the best Comic Relief merchandise to help raise money for those in need.
What Comic Relief merchandise is available to support this year’s fundraising efforts?
Comic Relief red nose
This year, all Comic Relief noses will be 100 per cent plastic free, so you can buy your nose safe in the knowledge that it won’t contribute to plastic pollution.
Each of the 10 brand new red noses is designed to look like a woodland creature, which comes accompanied by its own nose home. Carefully turn the box inside out to build your woodland creature its own treehouse.
There’s also a rare gold nose to look out for.
Each Comic Relief red nose costs £1.50 with at least 75p going to Comic Relief.
Comic Relief t-shirts
Charitable partner TK Maxx has created a range of official Red Nose Day “chari-tees” featuring some of Disney Pixar’s most-loved characters.
The short sleeved children’s versions come with several different designs, including Toy Story’s Woody, Jessie, Rex and Buzz Lightyear.
Other versions include Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo, while long-sleeved styles feature Lightning McQueen from Cars and Mike and Sulley from Monster’s Inc.
T-shirts are available at all TK Maxx stores and online.
Kids t-shirts start from £6.99 with at least £2.50 from the sale of each t-shirt going to Comic Relief, while adult garments retail at £9.99 with at least £4 from each sale going to the charity.
Comic Relief pin badges
If you’d prefer to show your support for Comic Relief in a more understated way, a pin badge is the perfect option.
Coming in in four designs and featuring three characters called Chief, Tommy and Fox, the badge costs £1 with at least 50pm going to Comic Relief.
Comic Relief soft toy
These small and cuddly red noses are available in three different designs and feature the characters Tommy, Badger, Snail and Fox.
Each toy costs £4, with at least £2 going to Comic Relief.
A selection of BPA-free Tritan 600ml plastic water bottles featuring favourite Disney and Pixar characters can be purchased from TK Maxx stores and online, with prices starting from £4.99. At least £2 from every sale goes to Comic Relief.
A stainless steel 500ml vacuum flask is also available for purchase, priced at £10. It’s currently sold out at the Comic Relief online shop, but is available for purchase from Sainsbury’s.
Aprons and tea towels
A selection of aprons and tea towels featuring favourite Disney and Pixar characters can be purchased from TK Maxx stores and online.
Tea towels retail at £4.99, with £2 going to Comic Relief, while aprons are priced at £9.99, with £4 going to Comic Relief.
Everything from bags to mugs, wrist-bands to notebooks are available at the Comic Relief online shop and Sainsbury’s. With prices beginning at just £1, there’s no excuse not to get involved.
When is Comic Relief 2021 on TV?
A special night of TV is expected for this year’s Comic Relief, with proceedings beginning from 7pm on Friday 19 March on BBC One.
Celebrities such as Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Olivia Colman, Jack Whitehall, Alesha Dixon, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuiness and David Tennant will all be appearing to keep the laughs coming, alongside details of how Comic Relief funds are being used to do good.
Comic Relief co-founder, Sir Lenny Henry, said: “We all need cheering up, so this year Red Nose Day will be a bit different.
“Of course we want to raise as much money as possible for people who really need it in the UK and around the world. But we also want to make you smile and bring you some laughter over the coming weeks.”
How can I get involved with Comic Relief 2021?
As well as purchasing some of the official Comic Relief merchandise, people wanting to contribute to this worthy cause can also donate money and hold their own fundraising events.
For more information, check out the Comic Relief website.