Wilmslow goes crazy for Red Nose Day

Adults and children marked the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day in Wilmslow by doing something funny for money.

Hoopers went Red Nose crazy with staff and customers taking part in a number of mad activities which raised nearly £1000 for Comic Relief.

David Greenwood, Leathers and Accessories Manager's at the store, ran all the way to work from his home in central Manchester - covering 12.6 miles in a very impressive time of only 1hour 55 minutes, raising £510 for charity.

Twenty two hardy and fearless members of staff also took to the window to row row row their boat the distance of the channel. Each person rowed for one mile each, cheered on by passers by who kindly donated £129.

Those that could bake held a cake sale in the staff canteen raising £112, customers took part in a competition, paying £1 to guess how many red noses were in the store windows, and staff were joined by some customer's dogs who got into the spirit of the day by paying £1 for the privilege of wearing red.

Wilmslow High School PTA held a fundraising pamper evening at Hoopers which was attended by over ninety people. Jan Mecrow commented "It was a great night and we raised £90 of the proceeds towards Comic Relief and a further £450 for Wilmslow High School PTA."

Wilmslow High School students and staff also raised money for Comic Relief by organising events including cake sales, sponsored silences, selling red noses and wearing non-uniform. During the week morning assemblies had focused on how Comic Relief started and ways in which the money is being spent to fund projects in Africa and the UK.

The highlight of the day was a spacehopper relay race in the sports hall at lunchtime between Wilmslow High School's Heads of House and members of staff from Sainsbury's, who also helped the school's fundraising by providing the red noses to sell and a red nose cake to raffle, which was baked by a member of their staff.

Anne Brander, Senior Student Manager, said "The day was a great success, everyone entered into the spirit and so far the total raised by the students stands at just over £2000 to add to the £12500 raised by them in previous years."

Girls at Wilmslow Prep went to school in 80's fancy dress, in return for a £1 donation. The girls looked amazing in their costumes and were joined by staff, some of whom sported some very dodgy outfits!

Girls were also invited to enter a joke competition and during a special assembly on Friday morning the girls learned all about where their donations would be going and judged the funniest jokes.

Rachael Penn, School Secretary, said "We've had a fantastic day and have raised almost £300 for Comic Relief. Thanks to Miss Ramsay and the School Council for all of their hard work."

At St Anne's Fulshaw the children came to school wearing silly socks, in return for a £1 donation, and held their version of the Comic Relief Bake Off - children brought in six decorated buns to be entered into the competition, whilst adults had to submit a cake, tray bake or buns.

All of the cakes entered into the Bake Off were sold at a cake sale at the end of the day and all money was donated to Comic Relief. Children, parents and staff also took part in the Jessie J challenge and Class 5 pupils hosted a cafe for parents and friends of the school. In total the children at St Anne's Fulshaw raised £305.

Lacey Green Primary Academy and Gorsey Bank Primary School were served a fun food Friday menu designed by children for children. The menu consisted of hotdog and chips, Quorn dog and chips and healthy option of jacket potato with choice of filling ... all served with heaps of salad and for dessert ... a choice of homemade sponge cake or fresh fruit platter.

There was an uptake of 82% and the School Food Company donated 20p from each of the 641 meals sold across their schools and then match funded the charitable donation - raising £256.40 for Comic Relief.

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