Red Nose Day took place last Friday, 24th March and it raised £73 million for Comic Relief. Comic Relief raises money for a variety of projects both in the UK and around the World. Every two years Red Nose Day takes place and once again, Hippo decided to take part.
On Friday, our staff took part in a non-uniform day and came to work in their own clothes. To earn this privilege each staff member had to donate £2 to Comic Relief. Through our staff’s generosity, Hippo Motor Group was able to raise £102 for Comic Relief.
Around the country and on the night itself, thousands of people took part, aiming to raise as much money as possible. On the night of Friday, 24th March 2017, Red Nose Day aired its biannual tv broadcast on BBCOne and BBC Two. Throughout the show, we saw some hilarious events including a Carpool Karaoke with Take That, a short sequel to the hit film, Love Actually and Graham Norton’s Big Chat Live.
Comic Relief focuses much of its energy and funds helping different projects around the UK. This includes 209 projects in Scotland, 142 projects in Wales, 101 in Northern Ireland and hundreds more throughout England. There are 39 UK-wide projects taking place on top of those regional projects. These include the Trussell Trust with its network of 400 foodbanks, trying to cope with the increasing poverty in Britain. They also fund projects in a variety of countries on the African continent, India and some countries in South America, including Brazil. In Africa, Comic Relief supports such organisations as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Alongside the charities like Comic Relief that our staff support every year, Hippo Motor Group also chooses four charities. Each quarter we donate an amount worked out by commission taken on each car we sell in the quarter and donate it to the chosen charity. These charities are usually locally and nationally focused.