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Rosie Jones praises Comic Relief

Rosie Jones

Rosie Jones has praised Comic Relief for the “incredible” work it does ahead of today’s fundraising event.

The comedian, who has cerebral palsy, joined a host of comedians last month at the London Palladium to raise money for the cause.

She told PA news earlier this year: “Comic Relief is something which is pretty close to my heart and away from being a comedian, I am also a woman with cerebral palsy.

“I was a child with disabilities and just seeing what Comic Relief has done for decades when it comes to people with disabilities and what they need all around the world is pretty incredible.

“And… for me to give back and be able to be part of this amazing fundraising powerhouse is just a joy and an honour.”

Before the show Jones vowed she would not make any jokes aimed at Lenny Henry, who co-founded Comic Relief with Richard Curtis in 1985.

Tonight’s BBC Telethon will pay tribute to Henry as he steps down from the charity after almost 40 years.

Jones said: “Sir Lenny has always been a hero of mine, what he’s done for Comic Relief from the start (has been) incredible. [sic].”

Speaking ahead of his final year with Comic Relief, Henry said: “When we first started Comic Relief back in 1985, I never dreamed we’d still be here today.

“I thought we’d probably do three shows and that would be it, but fast-forward nearly 40 years, and that enthusiasm and determination to step up and help others has never wavered.

“As life president of Comic Relief, I’m excited to see some new and familiar faces come forward now to present the big night and lead us into the next chapter.”

In 2023 Jones featured in a Red Nose Day sketch ripping off popular BBC TV show The Traitors.

This year Jones launched Comic Relief last month appearing in a sketch featuring Alison Hammond, Davina McCall, Dame Joan Collins, Jonathan Bailey and Simon Cowell.

[ Comic Relief 2024 starts on BBC One tonight, Friday 15th March, at 7pm, available afterwards on BBC iPlayer ]

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