London Stock Exchange shows it's all 'Hart' as it donates money to miranda

London Stock Exchange shows it's all 'Hart' as it donates money to miranda

  • LSEG  donates £70,800 of trading fees to Comic Relief
  • Kirstie Allsopp opens trading and collects cheque to support the BT Red Nose Challenge: Miranda’s Mad March

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) today presented Kirstie Allsopp with a £70,800 cheque to support Miranda Hart in her BT Red Nose Challenge: Miranda’s Mad March.

Kirstie opened London Stock Exchange trading at eight o’clock this morning, in front of hundreds of LSEG employees, all wearing red noses, before accepting a cheque worth £70,800 from David Lester, LSEG’s Group Director of Corporate Strategy. The amount represents 20 per cent of yesterday’s London trading fees, and was raised as part of LSEG’s annual Charity Trading Day.

David Lester, Group Director of Corporate Strategy, LSEG, said:

“Over the last 25 years, Red Nose Day has become a great British institution. As a great British institution ourselves, we’re thrilled to be kicking off today’s celebrations. It’s a real honour to welcome Kirstie to open trading this morning, and we are delighted to contribute £70,800 to support Miranda’s Mad March. We wish her and everyone else raising money for Comic Relief today the very best of luck.”

Kirstie Allsopp said:

“Never in a million years did I think I’d be invited to open London Stock Exchange trading. It’s a huge privilege and I’ve really enjoyed myself, but I also wanted to say thank you for their generous donation to support BT Red Nose Challenge: Miranda’s Mad March. I’ve been roped in today to give her a helping hand and she will be thrilled we can contribute this amount to her total.”

Miranda is raising cash for Red Nose Day that could help vaccinate children against deadly diseases that kill millions in Africa every single year. She’s also raising money to help people living unimaginably tough lives across the UK. To support The BT Red Nose Day Challenge: Miranda’s Mad March, go to

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Notes to editors:

About London Stock Exchange Group:

London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L) sits at the heart of the world’s financial community. The Group operates a broad range of international equity, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS, Europe's leading fixed income market; and Turquoise, offering UK and Russian derivatives trading, pan-European and US lit and dark equity trading. Through its markets, the Group offers international business unrivalled access to Europe’s capital markets.

The Group is a leading developer of high performance trading platforms and capital markets software and also offers its customers around the world access to an extensive range of real-time and reference data products and market-leading post-trade services. The Group is also home to a world leading index provider FTSE, which creates and manages over 200,000 equity, bond and alternative asset class indices.

Headquartered in London, United Kingdom with significant operations in Italy and Sri Lanka, the Group employs around 1,900 people.

Further information on London Stock Exchange Group can be found at

Comic Relief and Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One.  At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done.  That something was Comic Relief.  The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need.  Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m.

This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa.

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)