More Comic Relief pictures
Giggles, gaffs, gags and guffaws rang out across Harborough all through last week as people got funny to raise money for Comic Relief.
Businesses, schools and nurseries put on an array of events on Friday to raise money for the charity.
Some businesses put on events all through last week to raise funds for the charity that works throughout the year to create a just world free from poverty.
Matt Gladman of Adams and Jones estate agency in Harborough dressed up every day as a different television character while attending valuation appointments and in the agency’s office in St Mary’s Road.
He said: “The response has been really good. Mainly people are laughing at me, which is the whole point.”
Staff at the agency then dressed up as The Addams Family on Friday and for every donation the team got on the day the estate agency doubled it.
Also for every instruction the estate agent received on the week leading up to Red Nose Day it donated £100 to Comic Relief. All these efforts brought in an impressive total of £2032.12.
Staff from Sainsbury’s in Springfield Street, Harborough took part in a fire-walk over hot coals on Monday, raising more than £1,000.
On Red Nose Day the supermarket put on a whole host of events including a hot dog eating contest, a Maltesers chopstick challenge, a space hopper fundraiser, guess the number of balloons in the caravan, a wheelie wheelchair challenge and cracker eating contest.
The supermarket also did a fastest till challenge and staff there dressed up as superheroes.
Mel Wisher said: “It’s been a great way of raising money and getting everybody involved, we’ve been raising lots of money. I’ve dressed up as the Red Nose Doctor.”
Lubenham Primary School held a Great Lubenham Book Bake Off on Friday. Children and adults were invited to create a cake based on their favourite book.
Lubenham primary teacher Sue Foster said: “I wanted to create a fun way of baking, whilst reading books and raising money for Comic Relief.”
Royal Wedding cake designer Fiona Cairns, of Fleckney, was the judge.
Fiona said: “The standards are so high, it’s almost impossible to pick a winner. I think this is a wonderful project to get everybody baking, I wish they could all win.”
Little Angels Day Nursery in Harborough put on a Tommy Cooper comedy week with lots of laughs for the little ones.
Toddler room manager Julia Bird said: “All week the children have been making hats and cakes, and learning dance routines. Gangham style has also been one which the older children have learnt.
“We have raised an amazing total of £650.”
Staff at soft play area and children’s party venue Mini Mischiefs in Harborough dressed up as red noses and superheroes. There was also cakes on sale and a best joke competition on its Facebook site.
Leicestershire Craft Centre worked with to make decoupage red noses with its mini-makers pre-school children.
Andrea Greenaway, of the craft centre, said: “We are having a fantastic time doing arts and crafts with the pre-school children and their mums.”
Bringhurst Primary worked hard to bake the largest Red Nose Day cake in the whole of the Welland Valley.
Solutions in Manor Walk, Harborough sold cakes and raised more than £70.
Suzie Simpkin, of Solutions, said: “I’ve been baking since 6am to get these cakes ready for today, but I’ve enjoyed it, and hope to raise lots of money.”
The Attic Room in East Langton also baked cakes to raise funds with various categories for awards including Best Design, Best Taste and Soggyest Bottom.
Doing a quick stop in Harborough on Friday morning to find a top 40 record in town charity shop Oxfam was Ayaz Sheikh of Simon Sheikh Communications Group.
Mr Sheikh had just over an hour to find the record and return to get a connecting service to Hinkley where he had to locate another record as part of the charitable challenge.
He also visited Coalville, Loughborough and Melton before getting to Radio Leicester at 3pm for an interview about his challenge. The challenge raised more than £100 for Comic Relief.
Sarah Tandy challenged women who attend her pilates class at Harborough Rugby Club on Friday morning to come o the class in their pyjamas for a £5 donation. She raised £45.
Her daughter Florence Tandy (11) and her friend Lilly Adams (10) from Ridgeway School raised £207.15 with a bake sale. The children held their bake sale at the Inter School Cross country event behind Harborough leisure Centre on Thursday and then sold the remaining cakes door to door.
Lutterworth Day Nursery held a pyjama party.
Others who took part included Barry Henning of Specsavers who donned a tutu for a ballet session, Market Harborough Building Society, Edward Hands & Lewis and Robert Smyth Academy.
For a full gallery of more than 30 photos for Red Nose Day, see the Mail’s website at www.harboroughmail.co.uk
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