6th April 2011
Records tumble for Red Nose Day 2011
Last month's Red Nose Day was a brilliant event - a truly stunning night - and at the end of the record breaking evening Comic Relief raised an amazing £74,360,207 - the highest ever total reached on the night in Red Nose Day’s 23 year history.
This total includes £1,375,037 raised by the nine celebrities who took part in The BT Red Nose Desert Trek who all completed a gruelling 108 kilometre trek across the Kaisut Desert in northern Kenya.
Some £2,622,421 was raised by the amazingly dedicated Radio 1 listeners in support of Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave Vitty who completed a record breaking 52 hour marathon radio broadcast.
But it was also a record breaking night for BT. The phones were going crazy. Our team of more than 10,000 volunteers worked their socks off taking phone calls until the early hours. They handled 765,777 calls to the donation line during the live TV show, peaking at 268 calls per second (16,080 calls per minute) at 21.50pm.
In fact, by the end of the evening we passed another amazing milestone. Since we manned the very first Comic Relief donation line back in 1988, we have handled more than seven million calls - 7,001,511 to be exact.
Beth Courtier, community investment manager at BT said: "At BT we love supporting Red Nose Day. We provide the telephony and network management. Our employees give up their time to man the donation line at contact centres up and down the country. What a fantastic effort. And what a thrill it is to be part of such a record breaking evening."