North Norfolk fundraisers come out in force for Comic Relief
16:21 15 March 2013
Orange Oompa Loompas, a dinosaur hunt and a flash dance are just some of the things which people have been taking part in to mark Red Nose Day which celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday .
Taylar Ramsbottom, owner of The Look unisex beauty salon in Alby, near Cromer, roped six of her family and friends into dressing up as Oompa Loompas from the book and film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and going round a selection of North Norfolk towns including North Walsham with collection buckets.
So far they have already raised £85 in sponsorship.
All proceeds from treatments carried out by Miss Ramsbottom between March 15 and 17 and March 19 will also go towards Comic Relief.
At Millfield Primary School in North Walsham, children and staff dressed up in something red or something funny or a combination of both on Friday .
During the week the children also took turns to decorate cakes and biscuits, which were then put on sale.
Head Jan Harazdiuk said each class had also created a coin trail. She added: “The children have been collecting coins all week and the class with the largest trail will win a treat of pizza at the end of term. All money raised will be going to Comic Relief.”
At Sainsbury’s supermarket in North Walsham, events have been taking place all week from March 11 onwards.
On Friday staff dressed up and ran competitions of Guess the weight of the Hot Cross Bun, a Malteser Challenge, How many Red Noses in the Jar and Hunt the Dinosaurs. There was also a flash mob dance routine in the store to the Gangnam Style song.
One of the members of staff, Adam Gillespie, was also set to do a sponsored 75 mile bike ride between stores from North Walsham to Great Yarmouth then Norwich and back to North Walsham, but unfortunately had to stop after hitting a pot hole and damaging his bike in Norwich. He now plans to do the challenge again at a later date.
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.
A spokeswoman from the council said: “What started off as quite a small affair a few years back has gradually grown into quite an event.”
Norfolk police are also helping to raise money with Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team hosting a Comic Relief Football Fun Day at Bodham Playing Field on Sunday from 11am - 3pm.
The event includes a car boot and bouncy castle.