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Red Nose Day 2011 in Hampshire
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With Red Nose Day fast approaching on Friday, 18 March, the entire nation is gearing up to do something funny for money!

The aim is simple. To have a laugh, raise tons of cash and transform lives across Africa and the UK.

And it works!

All the money raised and donated by the public goes directly towards projects that transform people's lives across Africa and at home in the UK.

Celebrity challenges

Craig David
Craig David joined the celebrity Red Nose Desert Trekkers

Three Hampshire celebrities embarked on the toughest physical challenge of their lives.

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills from Eastleigh, Southampton-born RnB star Craig David and Winchester-based broadcaster Peter White attempted to cross one of the world's most inhospitable deserts in Northern Kenya to raise cash for Comic Relief.

The team of nine celebrities covered 100 km (62 miles) through the Kaisut Desert in five days.

Meanwhile BBC South weather presenter Reham Khan took part in the first Spinnaker Tower "rib walk" for Comic Relief.

Spinnaker Tower 'rib' walk for Comic Relief
Weather presenter, Reham Khan walked a 'rib' of the Spinnaker Tower

Reham climbed out of the crow's nest near the top of the 170m (547ft) tower, dropped to the longest high 'rib' of the Portsmouth landmark and walked along its edge.

She completed the challenge in under five minutes.

Watch Reham's Rib Walk challenge.

BBC Radio Solent's Alex Dyke kept his feet firmly on the ground to take part in BBC Local Radio's stand up challenge.

UK and Africa

Across the UK your cash can help to provide comfort for isolated older people and help to give young carers their childhoods back. In fact it's likely you're never more than 30 miles from a Comic Relief supported project.

Last year, Southampton-based support and counselling service for teenagers, No Limits, received £115,000.

"Sarah", 25, turned to the charity during her teenage years when she had an abusive and achoholic mother. She later suffered from depression and debt.

She said: "They really help me to find somewhere to stay and be safe. Whenever I've just needed to talk, they've always been there for me.

"I'm more of a grown-up now, it's thanks to the help from No Limits," she added.

In Africa, your money helps to restore people's sight, to protect families from deadly malaria, to give an education to children whose lives have been torn apart by war, and so much more.

Your fund-raising

If you are hosting a local fund-raising event and would like to tell us about it than let us know by emailing hampshire@bbc.co.uk

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