Funny business raises thousands of pounds for Red Nose Day

SCHOOLS, businesses and groups all did something for money on Friday to raise money for Comic Relief.

Children and teachers at Mowbray First School in Guide Post put on funny feet for the day to raise £360.

Some took it as an opportunity to wear their slippers to school, others were more creative and designed papier-mache monster shoes for the day.

Cramlington’s SAS Bootcamp keep-fit raised £200 by holding a fancy-dress session at its Greens Gym base in Longbenton.

A group of dancers of all ages raised more than £800 by performing a special routine wearing high heels and football tops, at Mayfield Community Centre in Cramlington.

Pupils at Seaton Sluice Middle School donated £1 to attend school dressed up in outlandish costumes.

Some took part in a Red Nose Day quiz, and others set up stalls selling home-made cakes and biscuits.

Some of the £850 they raised will go to help those affected by the tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month.

Assistant headteacher Gavin Simpson said: “£850 is a fantastic achievement for a school of this size. I am proud of the contribution that the Seaton Sluice community has made to our appeal, and I would like to thank everyone for their generosity.”

Staff at Sainsbury’s in Cramlington organised a charity gig featuring two local bands, the Smokin’ Barrels and Mirror Signal Manoeuvre, at the town’s East Hartford Club, raising £300.

The store raised a further £3,000 for Comic Relief by holding various events including a bakery sale.

Joanne Tasker, Comic Relief sponsorship manager at Sainsbury’s, said: “We are so grateful that the local community are supporting our Cramlington store’s attempt to do something funny for money and helping us to raise more money this year than ever before.”

Staff and students at Astley High School in Seaton Delaval raised more than £700 by donating £1 each to wear their favourite football teams’ colours.

Teacher Sheila Rowley said: “Comic Relief gives people the opportunity to have fun and to raise money for projects that are run locally, nationally and worldwide.

“It also gives an opportunity for our students to realise the hardships that some people have to live with on a daily basis.

“Humour is always a good way to bring attention to a serious cause.”

Pupil Michaela Scott, 14, also raised over £30 by baking and selling chocolate cakes to teachers and support staff.

A student chopped off the dreadlocks he had been growing for the past 11 years to raise £300 for Comic Relief.

Tom Grantham, 32, originally from Hull, agreed to the fundraising hairdo after persuasion from fellow students at Northumberland College, where he studies renewable energies.

Various other activities took place at the college’s sites in Ashington and Kirkley Hall, including early-years students dressing in pyjamas and selling cakes and raffle tickets.

Health and social care student Aiden Marshall had his legs waxed, and his fellow students did sponsored silences, dyed their hair red and gave up their mobile phones for the day.

Toddlers at the Jo Jingles playgroup in Morpeth also did their bit by dressing in red and selling snacks.