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Something funny for moneyBy Lorna Catling
March 20, 2009
Bracknell Forest people were more than a little red in the face as they helped raise cash for Comic Relief.
Hundreds of generous folk did something funny for money last week in aid of Red Nose Day, which raises cash for vulnerable people in the UK and Africa.
Hungry fundraisers didn’t feel too jammy after gorging themselves on doughnuts in a competition for Comic Relief.
Three workers at Sainsbury’s in Princess Square, George Jones, 17, Stuart Moore, 16, and Robert Yeow, 17, squared up in the contest which had one proviso – no matter how sticky and sugary they got, licking their lips would be losing.
George and Stuart admitted defeat after six, leaving the glory to Robert, of Pembroke in Birch Hill.
Forest Park Toddler Group raised a massive £365 through sponsored fancy dress, cake sale, face-painting, balloon modelling, a sweepstake and parents donating a week’s worth of fees.
And little bakers at the Family Tree Day Nursery cooked up £9 for the charity by making Comic Relief cakes – complete with a red cherry on top.
Staff at Easthampstead Park School, Ringmead, got in on the fundraising fun by dressing up as celebrities including singer Amy Winehouse and children’s favourite Noddy.
So far the school’s total stands at £80, but is expected to rise.
Sporty fundraisers at Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club, Lily Hill Road, served up £50 for the charity by arranging Red Nose-themed tennis activities for children aged between six and 10.
Bracknell Forest Council staff did their bit to push the fundraising total up by £3,909.
Nick Ireland, head of learning disabilities services, did a fancy-dress run, Alex Bayliss, safeguarding adults co-ordinator, had his legs waxed on the bandstand and some council workers formed the Comitted Blues Band for a one-off performance.
And over in Sandhurst the music continued with a Comic Relief disco organised by 17-year-old Eric Day in the Sandhurst community hall.
The 60 people who made it to the disco all paid £5 each and the money raised is being counted before it is sent to the charity.
Sandhurst Town Tigers girls football team wore fancy dress for their training session on Friday and all made a donation to Comic Relief for the privilege – raising a total of £130.
Staff and pupils at College Town Infant and Junior School did their bit by getting sponsored for pyjamas to school day and fun activities throughout Friday.
Infants raised £240 by selling red noses and £200 from wearing their pyjamas. Juniors also raised £240 selling red noses and have not yet totalled the other fundraising money.
Everyone at Pavillion Pre-School at Wooden Hill School, had the same idea and spent a comfy day in their pyjamas to raise funds, as did pupils and staff at St Margaret Clitherow in Hanworth.
They topped off their slumber outfits with red noses and raised £220 for Comic Relief and £220 for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.
And staff and students at Bracknell and Wokingham College had two days of fundraising action, starting on Thursday with a sponsored bad hair day and leg wax.
On Friday a sponsored dress-up day, cake sale and cha cha cha slide kept the coins rolling in, although the total has not been counted yet.