100 per cent of proceeds from sales of the t-shirt will go to charities fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The unisex white t-shirt costs £15 and features Mackesy’s beloved characters, the Boy and the Mole, alongside the phrase, ‘Love Wins’.
Several celebrities, many of them long-time Comic Relief supporters, have already shown their support.
Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford, Claudia Winkleman, Dame Joan Collins, Himesh Patel, Louise Minchin, Miranda Hart, Nadiya Hussain, Reggie Yates and Rob Rinder have all taken pictures of themselves wearing the t-shirt at home.
The devastating impact of the coronavirus is such that many UK charities have experienced a huge increase in demand for their help. From food banks working day and night to deliver food and basic essentials to children and families in crisis, to charities working with the elderly and isolated, women at risk of domestic abuse and those living without stable housing. Every pound raised by the t-shirt will go to supporting these charities in their invaluable work.
“I’ve loved being involved in this collaboration, making a drawing which I hope captures the spirit of togetherness and kindness of the public at this incredibly difficult time,” said Mackesy. “The community love we have seen shine through these heart-breaking times is remarkable. It has never been so important to look after each other.”
Claudia Winkleman, who has also posted images of herself wearing a rainbow t-shirt created to raise funds for the NHS, said: “I think the design by Charlie Mackesy is just beautiful. I’ve supported Comic Relief for as long as I can remember – they fund incredible organisations, and I’ve seen first-hand how they genuinely change lives. If you can, please join me in wearing a ‘Love Wins’ t-shirt – it’s gorgeous, it’s entirely ethically produced, and every single pound will help support some of the most vulnerable people affected by this crisis.”
Buying the t-shirt will also help charities working on the frontline response to the crisis around the world, including working to get emergency basic equipment such as soap and face masks to refugees living in overcrowded and often unhygienic camps, helping children living on the streets get to a place of safety, and providing emergency support and advice to women at risk of increased violence due to the lock down.
Miranda Hart, pictured wearing the t-shirt, said: “Love Wins is the perfect message to share. Love, gentleness and kindness is what the vulnerable need now more than ever. And the money raised from this gorgeous t-shirt will go towards charities doing just that, supporting those most in need.
“I could not be more admiring of Comic Relief at this time and proud to have been associated with it for so long as a fan, then an assistant in the offices and now as a super model for a t-shirt. What?! Just buy the t-shirt, if you can. Love you.”
Louise Minchin said: “We all know the uncertainty and concern that people are feeling so deeply at the moment, however we’ve also all seen there has been so much kindness and care. I think this t-shirt brings together this feeling, because love does always win, and it will be love and togetherness that gets us through this crisis.”
For Ruth Davison, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, the t-shirt is a symbol of unity in face of crisis. “The pandemic has reminded us that wherever we are in the world, we’re all connected, and what matters most is caring for each other. As well as raising vital funds, I hope this amazing t-shirt also offers a sign of unity – that we will get through this together.”