Record fundraising income for Red Nose Day, and more to come

Final cash total expected in September as £59.2m raised so far

This year's Red Nose Day has raised a record £59.2m, and the figure is expected to rise as money continues to come in from fundraising initiatives carried out by members of the public and schools.

Comic Relief will announce the final total by the end of September, but more than £57m was raised on Red Nose Day itself, 13 March.

Sixty per cent of the funds raised will go to projects in Africa and 40 per cent to those in the UK.

The charity's grants in Africa, which can run for up to five years, support projects concerning trade, people affected by HIV/Aids, women and girls, people affected by conflict and those living in urban slums.

Grants in the UK usually last up to three years: existing programmes include those supporting young people, older people, people with mental health problems, refugees and asylum seekers, and people affected by domestic violence.

A spokeswoman for Comic Relief said a number of new projects similar to those the charity already supports would be announced by the end of spring.

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