GALLERY: Huntingdonshire does its bit for Red Nose Day

St Ivo Outdoor Centre has a Comic Relief nose in the middle of its pitches, and red lines, made by g

St Ivo Outdoor Centre has a Comic Relief nose in the middle of its pitches, and red lines, made by groundsmen (l-r) Micheal Drage and Rob Bradshaw - Credit: Archant

RED nose day proved a bit of a wet nose day last Friday (March 15) ... but the weather did not dampen the spirits of those involved in getting money for Comic Relief.

A record £75million was raised on the night as BT handled 458,000 calls to the donation line during the live TV show, peaking at 200 calls a second.

This was the 25th anniversary of the event and around Huntingdonshire fundraisers walked over hot coals – literally – to help support Comic Relief.

Here’s a round up of some of the events.

n A giant red nose was painted on a football pitch at St Ivo outdoor centre, St Ives, and the white lines coloured red as more than £100 was raised.

Young footballers collected donations and hockey teams sold cakes on Saturday.

Head groundsman Rob Bradshaw said: “It went really well. After this success we will probably be looking to hold similar events to raise more money for charity.”

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Staff at Sainsbury’s, in Huntingdon, walked on hot coals, dressed as superheroes and held raffles over the weekend to raise £2,500.

Three staff members raised more than £100 each by walking over hot coals in an event set up by the fire service.

Sarah O’Callaghn, deputy store manager and Supergirl for the day, said: “What we were extremely pleased about was the generosity of the customers who didn’t want anything but wanted to donate, which gave us a great feeling.”

St Ivo School, in St Ives, held fundraising events throughout the week

The school raised £2,170 through cake stalls, a tuck shop, book sales, jelly bean sorting, a custard slice competition, a ‘Hunt the Red Nose’ competition and the sale of a St Ivo School Recipe Book, which contains the favourite recipes of students and staff.

Deputy headteacher Martin McGarry said: “This was a day full of smiles – a wonderful atmosphere.”

Barclays Bank, in Huntingdon High Street, rolled out the red carpet for customers as staff dressed to impress to raise funds.

The store was graced by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Cheryl Cole – in cardboard cut-out form – as they raised well over £300.

Katie Smith, assistant manager at the branch, said: “We had a really great reaction from our customers who were quite surprised to see our special guests.”

A brave member of staff at Hunters Down Care Home, Huntingdon, sacrificed her hair to raise £300 on Red Nose Day.

Becky Man, a 45-year-old care assistant, had 15 inches of hair chopped off by Blades Salon.

She said: “Everyone at the care home has said they are very proud of me for what I’ve done and I had a lot of support.”

Children at First Strokes, in Godmanchester, swam the distance of crossing the English Channel, raising more than £2,000.

Members of the club took part in a continuous relay to reach the 21-mile target.

A club spokesman said: “When all the monies come in from the online JustGiving pages, the total could well be nearer £3,000.”

Children from Alconbury CofE Primary School raised £200 from a fancy dress day with the theme ‘Dare to dress daft’.

Headteacher Linda Dove said: “We had staff and children with all sorts of crazy gear – pants on their head, inside out or back to front items, colours that clashed, clowning clothes, dyed hair, odd shoes and such like.”

n The weekly baby gym at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club saw 40 babies in special outfits, and the gym collected donations at the end of the session.

Gym spokesman Kim Hall said: “This is a great cause, and I do something every year, including dressing up and wearing a wig!”

Olympic medal-winning Louis Smith, who was filming at the gym, also joined in with the fun.

A group of 23 rowers from St Neots Rowing Club took part in a 100km indoor rowing event.

The 17 juniors and six senior men took one minute stints on two indoor rowing machines to notch up the 100km in just under three hours, raising £800, which will be split equally between St Neots Rowing Club and Comic Relief.

Club captain Alistair Mackie, who took part, said: “It was a very noisy three hours, but well worth every minute of it.”

The children at Head Start Nursery School, in Ramsey, raised £105 with four performances of their Spring Concert and charging parents an entry fee.

The Mayor of Ramsey, Councillor Lisa Duffy, attended the final performance when children sang nursery rhymes.

A special Wiggle Waggle event at Huntingdon library on Saturday raised £35.60. The event for children up to the age of five saw the youngsters decorate biscuits, help make a giant red nose and enjoy story time when the tale was Mr Funny’s Red Nose Day. There was also a chance for children to make and wear their own Red Nose Day hat.

Food and fancy dress was the focus of Red Nose Day fundraising at Longsands Academy, St Neots. Year 10 students held a market at lunchtime selling hotdogs, cakes, popcorn, nachos and more to fellow pupils.

Each tutor group had a stall and despite being open only 40 minutes they raised £481. A collection bucket was taken around at break and lunch, boosting the fund by another £190.

Pupils also held a fancy dress sponsored walk around Priory Park and a talent show, when staff joined youngsters to entertain all of Year 10.

The total raised was at least £700 but sponsorship money was still being collected.

Pupils and parents at Crosshall Infant School, Eaton Ford, arrived on Friday looking like they had just rolled out of bed.

About nine mums and one dad did the school run in their pyjamas, raising £179.

Youngsters paid to come in wearing their night clothes and raised £430, while the sale of red noses and Deeley Bopper headbands collected just under £700.

The day ended with a fashion show, organised by the school’s eco warriors, when four members of staff modelled the bargains on offer at Oxfam, then sold them off, raising £125.

The head’s PA Vanessa Parker said: “It was a really good, fun event that involved everyone.”