Saturday 23 September 2017

Big Yin statue boosts Comic Relief

Billy Connolly is doing his bit for Comic Relief
Billy Connolly is doing his bit for Comic Relief

Billy Connolly has said he is happy to be raising funds for Comic Relief again this year - this time without raising a finger.

The comedian is a long-term supporter of the charity and is one of several stars selected to be turned into special "donation statues" appearing across the UK from tomorrow.

Shoppers at Intu Braehead outside Glasgow will be able to donate £1 by tapping their bank card on Billy's pocket.

He said: "I've run around Piccadilly Circus naked and visited projects in Africa but they've never asked me to stand still and be quiet before.

"I've been supporting Comic Relief for many years and to have a statue made of me is truly an honour."

The statues are the invention of Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis and the funds will be spent helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa.

Curtis said: "Since the beginning of Comic Relief I've asked hundreds of exceptionally talented and generous comedians to do strange things to raise money and this might be the oddest request yet.

"Huge thanks to all 10 who agreed to let us turn them into a statue.

"As well as perfect selfie opportunities, just a simple tap on the pocket with a contactless card will give a £1 donation to help incredibly vulnerable people in the UK and across Africa. We've come a long way in fundraising since 1988."

Red Nose Day takes place on Friday March 13.

Other comedians appearing as statues include Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge at Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich, and Sir David Jason as Only Fools and Horses' Del Boy at Cabot Circus, Bristol.

Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean will appear at Intu Eldon Square in Newcastle, while a statue of both Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Absolutely Fabulous' Edina and Patsy can be found at Westfield London.

David Walliams' statue will appear at Westfield Stratford City in London, while Dawn French will appear at Intu Milton Keynes.

Lenny Henry's image will appear at Merry Hill, Birmingham, John Bishop will be at Golden Square Shopping Centre in Warrington, and Miranda Hart's statue will appear at Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter.

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