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District goes crazy for Comic Relief
Fancy dress, fundraising and frivolities raised a few smiles around the area as people did their bit for Comic Relief.
From dressing up in zany costumes to being on the receiving end of a bucketful of cold baked beans, residents of Wharfedale, Aireborough and Horsforth had plenty of laughs on Red Nose Day.
Many schools and workplaces organised special activities on Friday (March 15), raising money for the appeal, which helps good causes in the UK and Africa.
Boys from Ilkley and Guiseley had a hair-raising experience in the of Comic Relief, by having their heads shaved for the cause.
Guiseley schoolmates Dan Nicholson and Jake Field, both 13, raised more than £200 by having their hair shaved off for the appeal. They were given their new look by Lisa North, of North for Men.
Meanwhile pupils of All Saints C of E Primary School, Ilkley, Charlie Brow and Lewis Mawson, chose to have their heads shaved as part of their fundraising efforts ahead of Red Nose Day. Ilkley barbers For Him, on Church Street, offered to cut their hair for free - and a customer from Addingham who was in the shop at the time was so impressed he paid their £10 haircut fee as a donation to Comic Relief. The boys hope to raise around £100.
Children came to school in their onesies at the Froebelian School, Horsforth.
The youngsters paid £2 each to dress up for their day in the classroom. Pupils gave themselves an extra treat by buying buns and cookies made by youngsters in Year One and Year Six. A total of just over £400 was raised for charity – with half going to Comic Relief and half to the school’s chosen charity The Leeds Children’s Hospital Fund.
Headmaster John Tranmer said: “It is always pleasing to see the children get wholeheartedly behind these fund raising events and we are very proud to have raised over £400 for these worthy causes.”
Ilkley Grammar School did its traditional fancy dress three-legged walk around Ilkley town centre a day, and held a non-uniform day with an 80s theme.
Back in schools, pupils enjoyed chocolate fountains, Name the Teddy, throw a wet soggy sponge at your teacher, bun sales, a nail bar, a table tennis tournament with a Junior World Champion and even have-a-go at roulette.
They hope to raise thousands of pounds in total.
More than £1,000 was raised by employees at Spooner Industries head office in Ilkley.
A host of fund raising activities including fancy dress competitions, cake baking, a raffle, a name the lamb competition and various games took place, with the highlight and biggest money spinner being the ‘Punish your Manager’ nominations.
The results were unanimous with the clear favourite, or least favorite, being sales and project director, Steve Newell, whose jar contained a whopping £96, with Robert Proctor taking second place his jar containing a deserving £56. As consolation prize for coming second, manufacturing manager Robert Proctor was given the honour of pouring the bucket of beans over Steve’s head.
At Pool-in-Wharfedle C of E Primary School, pupils and staff donned some outlandish costumes for Red Nose Day.
The dress as you like idea, with children paying a donation to attend school dressed as everything from footballers to fairytale characters, raised more than £300 for Comic Relief.