On the 5th February 1988, Lenny Henry took over our television screens for the first ever Red Nose Day in aid of Comic Relief. For those 30 million of us who watched the show proudly donning our plain red noses, we were entertained by over 150 of our favourite celebrities, household names and well-known comedians as it raised £15 million for the cause. Currently funding over 2000 projects in the UK alone, this year they are focusing on a number of important issues, ranging from malaria to domestic violence and many other pressing concerns too.
On the 24th March, we will also be doing our bit by offering our support to inspiring and deserving events in Hemel Hempstead, as Comic Relief is of great importance to our team at Squire Estates. This is why we are proudly going to match-fund any monies we raise during the day’s events.
Dressed in red and with our character red noses firmly in place, (we haven’t got one of the exclusive Frankinose yet, but we’re working on it!) we will be adding some colour and a touch of love to our high street as we mingle with local shoppers, giving out smiles and generally just celebrating what makes Hemel Hempstead so special; its people. We hope that you will be able to donate what you can to this fantastic cause.
If you have not got your Red Nose yet, or if you fancy one of the limited edition, designer Red Nose Day T-shirts, head on over to TK Maxx at Riverside who have the entire collection available for you to purchase. Noses and a limited range of merchandise can also be picked up at your local Sainsbury’s, so don’t miss out!
There are many fundraising events happening across the area, with schools and businesses baking cakes to raise money, or dressing up in fun costumes and giving up their time to help others in whatever way they can, all in support of Red Nose Day and we can’t wait to be joining in.
This year, one of the main events people are excited about and eagerly looking forward to during Red Nose Day, is the long-awaited reuniting of the Love Actually cast for a special short film entitled “Red Nose Day Actually”. In fact, the poignant opening speech by Hugh Grant in this memorable film still rings true today:
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
We can safely say that Red Nose Day proves that, despite all the hardship and negative issues going on around the world today, we are still surrounded by love everywhere we go, just as Hugh Grant pointed out. Every day we see how the incredible residents of Hemel Hempstead support and help each other in true community spirit; So feel free to join us on the 24th March on the high street of the old town, as we show the rest of the UK that here in Hemel Hempstead, love actually is all around us.Published Date: Mar-18-2017