The designer who created the official T-shirts for this years event has spoken exclusively to ELLE about her visit to New Horizons, a central London day centre offering support and counselling to vulnerable young women, which is funded by Red Nose Day donations.
Looking at them now, its hard to comprehend the tragic circumstances that have led these girls to come here, Stella explains. Many are homeless having been kicked out of their homes and others have faced physical and sexual abuse thats left them feeling scared and alone. Its clear almost immediately that this place is actually a safe haven when they have nowhere else to turn.
To not have your parents around to guide you through such a critical part of your life is unimaginable for most of us. And to have the self-motivation to achieve what these young women have is just incredible and so admirable. They should be so proud of themselves. They are very strong women.
It couldnt be simpler to lend your support to projects like New Horizons, both in the UK and abroad. Stella didnt scoop our ELLE Style Award for Best International Designer for nothing this year and buying one of the T-shirts shes created exclusively for Comic Relief 2013 available now for just £9.99 at TK Maxx is a good place to start.
Having now seen first-hand what a difference the money raised through Comic Relief can make, even on our own doorstep, Im proud to be supporting this years Red Nose Day fundraising campaign. Designing the T-Shirt collection seems like a relatively small thing for me to do, but it can have a big impact on peoples lives and I hope everyone gets involved in any way they can.
Kate Moss has got hers. What are you waiting for?
This years Red Nose Day is next Friday, 15 March. Stick with ELLE to see what well be doing for money this year...