Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Go Crazy for Red Nose Day, Daisy Tells Londoners; ...as Comic Relief Gives PS1 Million Windfall to Our Dispossessed Fund

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Go Crazy for Red Nose Day, Daisy Tells Londoners; ...as Comic Relief Gives PS1 Million Windfall to Our Dispossessed Fund

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Byline: David Cohen and Lizzie Edmonds

COMIC RELIEF today gave PS1 million to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, as model Daisy Lowe thanked Londoners for their "generous" Red Nose Day fundraising efforts.

For the past five weeks, the Standard has called on Londoners to raise money for Comic Relief by doing something silly, such as a sponsored standup or a jokeathon.

Lowe, 28, said it made her "proud to be a Londoner" and added: "It is great seeing everyone get together and do so much to raise money for those who need it." She advised those about to do a money-raising stunt: "You can do it! Show the world what Londoners are made of. We are all so generous."

Lowe said Comic Relief "does such important work around the world. The idea of doing it [raising money] through laughter and smiles and happiness, that always brightens my day."

The PS1 million injection to fund grants to charitable groups tackling poverty and social exclusion takes the total raised by the Dispossessed Fund since its inception in 2010 to PS17.77 million. This is the most money ever raised by a newspaper-led charitable fund worldwide and the sixth time that Comic Relief has chosen our award-winning initiative as a major beneficiary.

The windfall will be distributed to more than 60 grassroots groups tackling inequality in the capital and will be disbursed in grants of PS5,000 to PS20,000 that can be applied for from today.

This weekend marks the climax of a nationwide campaign for Comic Relief. Tonight, comedians including James Corden and Russell Brand take part in the annual TV night of entertainment. Red Nose Day Actually the follow-up to 2003's Love Actually will also air.

Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev appears in a sketch alongside Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick and other famous faces auditioning to be the new voice of Stephen Hawking. …

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