Fun for all ages as region unites to raise cash for Comic Relief
Schools and businesses across Banburyshire made a massive contribution to Comic Relief with a variety of events held for last Friday’s Red Nose Day.
Bishop Carpenter School in North Newington held an open breakfast session for pupils and parents and – together with governors and teachers – they were also involved in things like face and nail painting and hair styling.
In total, the school raised £382. Year Four teacher Claire Clark said: “The children really enjoy this sort of thing.
“My class enjoyed learning about the history of Red Nose Day and why it started, so we turned it into a whole school assembly.
“It has been a great whole school community event but the most important part is getting the message across.”
In Banbury, Sainsbury’s car park was visited by Albert and Major – two Shire horses from Hook Norton Brewery.
The brewery offered free samples of their ‘Hooky’ range in the supermarket car park in a bid to attract interest and raise more money. Sainsbury’s store manager Steve Martin said: “We asked the brewery to bring their Shire horses in as a bit of a spectacle to attract people in.
“We managed to raise £3,749 on the day, which is brilliant. People of Banbury are very generous and we’re very grateful.”
Meanwhile, Banbury’s St Mary’s School raised £411.40 from activities during the day which included baking Red Nose cakes. Pupils made donations to dress up in red and Helena Travis’s Year Two class organised a morning assembly, which was opened to parents.
Ms Travis also arranged a special song based on Red Nose Day entitled “Raise Some Fun”, which the whole school performed.
Headteacher Kathryn Crawford said: “It was a lovely day and the children were very involved by writing stories, poems and factual pieces about Comic Relief, highlighting the importance of the charity and its history.”
Also in Banbury, Bishop Loveday CE Primary School raised £180 by having a Zumba class for the entire school and Year 6 children at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School raised well over £500 through a range of activities including a car wash, cake sale, face and nail painting and a lively talent contest.
Friends KJ Aston and Joseph Simpson, aged 11 and 12, raised £153 when they cycled 13.2 miles from Sibford Ferris to Mollington.
King’s Sutton Primary School collected £136.02 through wearing red clothing and red noses in school and holding a cake sale.
Staff at Peepers Opticians in High Street, Banbury, joined in the fundraising fun by wearing t-shirts and red and white ribbons in their hair. They raised £60 by selling cakes to customers in store.
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