The colour red was a popular choice last Friday as schools and businesses across Banburyshire dressed up and baked cakes for Comic Relief.
The bi-annual event has been a great excuse for people to do wacky things, and this year’s fundraising has surpassed the £1 billion mark since Comic Relief started 25 years ago.
Taking part in events were staff at the Morrisons supermarket on Swan Close Road. Employees dressed up as the character Where’s Wally and sold lots of homemade cakes to customers, raising £662.
Elsewhere, in Shipston-on-Stour four bakers raised £1,270 at their ‘Bread Nose Day’ event.
Dan Scobie, Mike Ashton, town mayor Philip Vial along with his nephew Jake were helped out on the day by Brook Food Processing, which lent £8,000 worth of baking equipment, Bower Willis Designs, Shipton Mill and The Cotswold Traiteur.
Their finished products included various sourdoughs, whites, granaries, wholemeal, rolls and doughnuts. The day was such a success that the group sold out by 11am.
Mr Scobie said: “Thanks to my fellow bakers, all the people who helped us on Saturday, our sponsors and above all everyone in Shipston who gave so generously to Comic Relief.” Laurence Bourne-Francis and his friend Joe Haynes took part in a gruelling 24-hour cycle challenge in Upper Heyford, raising more than £1,000. The pair cycled non-stop from Thursday to Friday.
Winchcombe Farm Day Nursery in Upper Tysoe also had a bit of fun. It held a pyjama day, funny faces day and funny hair day.
And seven partners across at Brethertons Solicitors’ three offices, which include Banbury, volunteered to be custard pied. Staff purchased raffle tickets to throw a pie at their chosen partner.
Sibford School raised more than £1,000, with the highlight being teachers Edward Rossiter and Trudy Koochitt getting drenched with red slime.