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The call was to do something funny for money – and people across Norfolk and Waveney lived up to the challenge on Red Nose Day to raise money for Comic Relief.
In Norwich there were bucking broncos and yarnbombers, head-shavers and Harlem shakers as people let their imagination runs wild for a good cause.
Staff at Sainsbury’s at Longwater showed their usual support for Red Nose Day, hosting a bucking bronco for customers, a Malteser chopstick challenge and encouraging staff to dress up, with one of the managers leading the way in a furry red costume.
Store manager Mike Green said: “It’s something we always look forward to because the company supports it, and that gives us licence to have a bit of fun with it too. “
Yarnbombers targeted trees around City Hall and adorned them with some furry red fruit overnight, leaving only the cryptic message: “We’ve thought about Comic Relief – have you?”
Fifteen-year-old Hannah Goldfinch went under the razor to lose her chin-length locks and raise £370, but put a brave face on it, saying: “Compared to what some people go through, shaving my head is nothing. At least my hair will grow back!”
Aviva had more than 200 volunteers taking calls for Comic Relief last night hoping to beat the £100,000 in donations the volunteers took last year, while Norwich-based staff gave up their free time to film a Harlem Shake video, and a marketing team from Surrey Street swapped suits and heels for pyjamas yesterday, raising more than £150.
And guests at Norwich Fashion Week also got a shock when models at the Vanilla catwalk donned red noses for their finale.
In North Norfolk orange Oompa Loompas, a dinosaur hunt and a flash dance were just some of the events which took place to mark Red Nose Day.
Taylar Ramsbottom, owner of The Look unisex beauty salon in Alby, near Cromer, roped family and friends into dressing up as film characters Oompa Loompas and going round a selection of North Norfolk towns including North Walsham with collection buckets.
So far they have already raised £85 in sponsorship.
At Millfield Primary School in North Walsham, children and staff baked cakes to sell and dressed up in something red or something funny or a combination of both. Each class also created a coin trail.
At Sainsbury’s supermarket in the town, staff dressed up and ran competitions including Hunt the Dinosaurs. There was also a flash mob dance routine in the store –Gangnam Style.
Staff from North Norfolk District Council’s housing services team also helped raise £357 by baking and selling cakes, with some money still to be collected.
Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team are also hosting a Comic Relief Football Fun Day at Bodham Playing Field tomorrow from 11am to 3pm.
Long Stratton High pupil Charlotte Ball, 14, braved the chop when she allowed her school friends to cut her hair in aid of charity.
She was inspired after watching the film Mary and Martha, which depicts the story of two mothers who lose their sons to malaria.
The youngster allowed her long hair to be tied into bunches while pupils bid money to cut them off. More than £1,000 has been raised so far.
Charlotte said she enjoyed the event.
“I was having a really good time, to be honest,” she said. “It was really fun watching people make the bidding and there were people there I don’t normally speak to who were being really supportive.”
Her hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust which makes wigs and hair-pieces for children with cancer.
Youngsters at Rocklands Primary School were on the search for their monkey puppet yesterday as staff used their imagination to raise money for Comic Relief.
Healthy Harry, which the school, in Rockland All Saints, uses to teach children in class one about health issues and eating well, was kidnapped by the school council.
A ransom note was received in a bid to raise £50 for the charity, and Harry was eventually found duct-taped to the top of the netball pole after £117.90 was collected.
Youngsters skied the height of Everest while others became superheroes for the day in the Thetford and Brandon area.
Twenty-two pupils from Thetford Academy took to the slope at Norfolk Snowsports Club and managed to ski the height of the world’s highest mountain nine times on Wednesday, raising thousands of pounds.
Elsewhere, members of Iceni Academy Methwold Site’s school council, known as the Voice, sold red button badges for £1.
And at Iceni Academy’s primary site in Hockwold, youngsters went to school in their pyjamas for a 50p donation.
Meanwhile, children at Weeting Primary School wore red for the day and sold cakes, as did pupils at Norwich Road School in Thetford, while staff and youngsters at Brandon’s Glade Community Primary School became superheroes for the day and the pupils at Edmund-de-Moundeford Primary School in Feltwell dressed like their teacher.
But it was not just children getting into the Red Nose Day spirit. Staff at Creative Displays held a Mexican theme day, with staff cooking a variety of hot chilli on the day. They also held cake sales over the past two weeks. Staff raised £197, which Creative Displays matched, giving a total of £394.
Students and teachers from North Denes Junior School in Great Yarmouth poured into the playground for a Comic Relief flashmob dance for parents at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, staff from engineering consultancy company AMEC held bake-off sales in the office for the past month, raising more than £200, while project assistant Sharon Loftus has raised £400 with a six-week slimathon that has seen her lose 1st 4lbs.
Staff at the Big Fry fish and chip shop in Dereham wore red noses for donations from customers.
Whilst at King’s Park Infant School the children came in with their hair and clothes “crazy”.
Zumba sessions took centre stage as thebestof Lowestoft franchise held a fundraising event at The Bethel, which was hailed a success as more than £200 was raised.
At Saint Felix School, near Southwold, 10-year-old pupil Joseph Glenn and his friend Findley Ray, 11, were praised after they completed a 10k run last weekend in the wintry conditions. And with Joseph wearing just a onesie, they raised more than £200 for Comic Relief.
Yesterday children from the Pre Prep department at the school raised further funds as they wore something red in support of the day.
Staff and pupils at The Denes High School, in Lowestoft, also held a non-uniform day, as donations were made for the privilege. A cake sale, leg waxing, year seven dancers and singers, a sponsored silence and a cake bake-off were also held.
Home-baked goods sold like hot cakes at the United Reformed Church in Lowestoft town centre as more than £100 was raised. More than 20 pre-school children enjoyed a morning of activities at Lowestoft Library to help raise more than £50.
Worlingham Primary School, near Beccles, failed to let the weather get the better of them as they moved their activities indoors during a ‘wear it red’ day. The children enjoyed craft activities and baking.
Sixth form students and teachers at Bungay High School wore onesies and pyjamas, with the students given the chance to throw a wet sponge at their teachers at lunchtime.
Students’ cakes were on sale at Hobart High School in Loddon, and Edgar Sewter Primary School in Halesworth.
Employees at Germains Seed Technology in King’s Lynn got into the spirit by dressing up in something red, while some decided to take it a step further by getting into fancy dress as characters from films.
There were cakes, quizzes and a name the baby competition and the company managed to raise over £600.
Meanwhile the catering squadron at RAF Marham had their own saucy idea to raise money as they bathed their officers in beans.
Chefs Sgt Jason Woollett and Cpl Reece Holt took the plunge into a bath of cold baked beans in aid of Comic Relief, raising over £200. A team from Logistics Support Squadron covered more than 250 miles of the perimeter track by cycling or running, and held a cake sale. They expect to have raised more than £1,000.
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Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a garden pond today.
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