Stars celebrating 25 years of Red Nose Day

Kevin Sinfield is supporting Red Nose Day 2013. PIC: Vaughn Ridley/Swpix.com
Kevin Sinfield is supporting Red Nose Day 2013. PIC: Vaughn Ridley/Swpix.com
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Celebrities and local sports stars are calling on the people of Leeds to don their red noses and celebrate Comic Relief’s 25th anniversary.

Leeds Rhinos’ Kevin Sinfield is stepping off the rugby pitch to help tackle the charity event.

The Rhinos captain said: “I’m showing off my sillier side all in aid of Red Nose Day and I want the people of Leeds to do the same.

“Some of the money you raise this year could be spent on projects right here in Leeds.”

Since the last Red Nose Day, more than £3.8m has been spent on 270 projects across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Harehills-based Getaway Girls, which supports disadvantaged young women in Leeds, is one cause that has had Comic Relief funding.

The charity in Harehills Around 80 per cent of Getaway Girls have mental health issues ranging from mild depression to anorexia.

Zara Marcus, young women’s development worker at Getaway Girls, said: “The funding has helped lots of girls build their confidence and aspirations as well as improving their self worth.

“It really makes a difference to their lives and Red Nose Day support has been a lifeline.”

As well as local funding, Comic Relief money has been helping to change lives across Africa, the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Since 1988, more than £600m has been raised through 13 Red Nose Days.

Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis said: “From day one the money so generously donated by the UK public has been hard at work helping to create a just world free from poverty. But we must keep up the good work.”

Red Nose Day is on Friday, March 15.

This year the YEP has teamed up with Comic Relief to offer a £100,000 fund to communities in the city. The Community Cash grants offer between £500 and £1,000 to small, local organisations that are working to help local people who are living tough lives.

To apply, go to www.leedscf.org.uk/apply-for-grant/open-grants-programme/.

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