2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief. Can you believe it? I have grown up with it, with the red noses – from plain red plastic to fluffy and everything in between – and the t-shirts and paying 50p so that I could wear my own clothes to school…I remember Dawn French snogging Hugh Grant and my favourite sketch of all time and people all across the county doing something funny for money.
If you had told me years ago as I sat on the sofa allowed to stay up late to watch the whole night of programs on TV that one day I would be beyond proud to say that I know the three bloggers who joined Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall on their trip to Ghana I would never have believed you. (I would have probably asked you what blogging was too…)
Penny, Tanya and Annie banded together to become Team Honk and were there to report back on the visits to some of the projects that exist due to the good work that Comic Relief has done in the last 25 years. As a way to share what a difference has been made they have sent digital postcards to other bloggers and I’m thrilled to have one of my own to share with you.
This afternoon we visited a self help group for mentally ill people run by Basic Needs Trust.Here you see Atta Kwabena who is one inspirational man. He pushed and pushed and travelled across the city many times to a mental hospital asking for help before he found Basic Needs who have changed his life for the better. The fact that he carried on trying to help himself until he was in control of his illness is a really powerful inspiration I think.
Love Team Honk x
This is a digital postcard sent from TeamHonk (www.mammasaurus.co.uk; www.aresidence.co.uk; www.mummybarrow.com ) during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork.
For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at rednoseday.com
For other digital postcards please do check out the linky on www.teamhonk.org
There is a fabulous post over on Annies blog where she writes better than I could about why investment in mental health projects is so important and where you can read more about Atta Kwabena and the amazing change that Basic Needs have made not only for him but also for others and the wider community.
Over the last 25 years Comic Relief have done incredible things, things that have proven life changing and life saving for some. Here’s to the next 25 years!