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Red Nose funding success

By Beth Perry 29th March 2017

Red Nose funding success
Red Nose fun in Newquay.

YOUNG and old alike painted the town red on Friday to raise money for Red Nose Day.

Fundraisers baked cakes, hosted parties and wore crazy outfits to help towards the £73 million raised nationally.

Trenance Learning Academy raised £563 organising a massive conga of more than 600 people, which weaved its way in and out of the school. Head of school Clare Crowle:

“Trenance loves the challenge of Red Nose Day fundraising. We received special recognition from Sir Lenny Henry as a super school for our previous efforts and so this year we set out to go bigger than ever!

“We opened the site and invited in all our families, children and community members to form a giant conga. We exceeded our target of 600 by having a whopping 616 people in one long conga that weaved it’s way inside and outside school. Our families really rose to the challenge and came dressed head to toe in red and ready to conga. Trenance would like to thank all who took part and helped to make this such a hugely successful community event. Sir Lenny will be delighted to hear we have raised £563 for this campaign!”

The children at Bishops’ Learning Academy dressed up in red clothes and brought money in for a red nose, as well as filling hula hoops up with spare change.

Business manager Sharon Redman said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed Red Nose Day. All the children made a fantastic effort for a worthy cause.”

Children at First Steps Pre-school got accessorised up to raise money for Red Nose Day. Early Years advisor Harriet Lake said: “We had a great time raising money for Red Nose Day. Lots of children wore red clothes and accessorised with funny glasses and head bands. We would like to say a great  big thank you to everyone who contributed a cake for our bake sale and helped us raise lots of money.”

St Columb Minor Academy’s celebrations coincided with their annual Care Day where the children from the school council choose a charity to support  – this year was Comic Relief.
This involved all of the children coming into school dressed in non-uniform of a red attire and donating 50p for the privilege. Some children even chose to paint their faces in the style of this year’s red noses.

The Year 6 children had been busy during the week leading up to the day designing and creating different ways that they could raise money, which included stalls such as a football shoot-out, guess the name of the teddy, smoothie making, a chocolate fountain, biscuit decorating and nail painting. A joke competition at the end of the day saw winners receiving joke books.

Assistant head Jules Jenkin, said: “A great time was had by all and we raised a record amount this year of £1,474.85, with money coming from selling red noses, a staff sweepstake, the children’s stalls and the ‘dress in red’ donation.

“We were really proud of all of the children for all of the efforts that they had made to support the Comic Relief cause and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and carers for their support in making this event such an amazing success.”

Over at  Newquay Junior Academy the staff were ‘overwhelmed’ with the support received from parents and pupils for this year's Red Nose Day. 

A school spokesperson said: “Great fun was had during lunch at our Mini Babybell cheese races, Red Nose photo booth, games and puzzles, along with a cake sale and, of course, the opportunity to wear something red!  A big thank you to our Newquay Junior family for marking the occasion.”

Another giant Comic Relief conga was spotted out at St Newlyn East Learning Academy with the children, who were all dressed in red, putting on their wackiest accessories to complete the conga line.

A school teacher said: “It was amazing fun and brilliant to see the children enjoying it. It was lovely to show our support for Red Nose Day by having so much fun.”

At Happy Days Treloggan, staff and children all showed their support and wore red for the big day. Children were also very creative and painted various pictures, using different shades of red.

Manager Stephanie May said: “It was a successful day and I would like to thank all staff, parents and children for their kind contributions.”

Later in the day a special beard shave for charity took place at the Farmers Arms in St Columb Minor as Martin Lucas said goodbye to his beard in the name of Comic Relief.

Organiser of the shave, Pat Begley, said: “It was absolutely packed at the Farmers Arms and we managed to raise a fantastic £281. Martin hasn’t had any regrets yet – but it’s a bit too late even if he does.”

Finally, a whopping £275 was raised at an 80s Neon Zumba Danceathon.

Participants had the choice of two main events with seven local instructors involved.
The first hour was Zumba Gold, a low-impact fitness class designed for active older adults, followed by two hours of Zumba, the Latin-based dance fitness party. Both classes were jam-packed with participants who danced and sweated to Zumba and 80s music and there were plenty of cakes to help them along the way.

Event organiser Liam Broderick said: “I would like to say a huge thank you for such great support for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, including Newquay Tretherras for the donation of the hall hire.

By Beth Perry 29th March 2017

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