Sir Lenny Henry and benedict Cumberbatch are among the stars launching Red Nose Day 2021, which is set to be different this year as ‘we all need cheering up’.
The event returns next month and will feature the Share A Smile initiative to bring the country together using humour.
Sir Lenny, who was unveiled to be The Masked Singer’s Blob on Saturday, 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!’
Benedict added: ‘I think laughter is a panacea, it is and has always been a national medicine.
‘I think it’s a way of getting through life’s difficulties and also when you make light of something, often then it can just release the tension enough to breathe, to just have a moment’s respite from it, and that relief is much needed right now, there’s a reason why this is called Comic Relief.’
As well as Sir Lenny and Benedict, other stars getting involved in the launch include Dame Judi Dench and comedians Shappi Khorsandi, Joe Lycett and Mo Gilligan.
Dame Judi also admitted that she sometimes laughs when she shouldn’t, explaining: ‘I have just got myself into trouble more times than I can tell you by laughing in very serious moments.”
‘I look forward to [Red Nose Day] enormously and I hope we all have a wonderful laugh and at the same time, you know that if you donate something it does go to a very, very good cause.’
Hosts for the TV broadcast include Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny.
Funds raised through this year’s event will go towards tackling issues including homelessness, domestic abuse and the stigma around mental health as well as supporting those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Red Nose Day will take place on March 19.
Credit: Original article published here.