May 19 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Red Nose Day is just a day away – and people in Norwich are gearing up to do something funny for money.
Comic Relief has this year celebrated its 25th anniversary, but fundraisers across the city have shown no shortage of ideas to raise money for those less fortunate.
From head-shaving and marathon football matches, to bake-off contests and sponsored stand-up, creativity has been at the fore of this year’s fundraising, which culminates in the big night of TV fun from 7pm on BBC One tomorrow.
A host of wacky events will ensure the event goes off with a bang in and around Norwich, with schools, businesses and individuals all taking place.
Sixth-form student Raphael Barnett-Ward and 20 hardy team-mates had to clear snow from the pitch before they even kicked off their 12-hour football match at the weekend.
Just four players battled through to the end as the match finished with the scoreboard reading 125-99, and raised £1,644.72.
The 17-year-old said: “It was really hard by the end. People were dropping out because they were so tired and their muscles were hurting so much.
“We were expecting to raise around £1,000 but we got a lot more sponsorship that we thought and were able to raise a lot of money.”
Students at City College Norwich have also been busy organising an online auction.
The lots available including dinner for two in the student-run Debut restaurant, a tour of BBC studios and the chance to sit in on a show. The auction closes tomorrow and is at www.ccn.ac.uk/products
Sainsbury’s in Thorpe St Andrew is daring customers to take on the Cheeky Chopstick Challenge and to move Maltesers from one bowl to another in the quickest time – using only chopsticks.
Managers at the store in Pound Lane have also brought in baby photos of themselves and asked colleagues to guess their identity in some fun store fundraising.
Staff at the Village Inn in Little Melton will ride 180 miles on an exercise bike, and there will be a sponsored karaoke event in the evening. Throughout the day, staff will be in 80s fancy dress, and donations will be made from every dessert sold.
At May Gurney in Trowse, employees have a day of activities lined up tomorrow, including an 80s fancy dress competition, raffle, tombola, quiz and gaming competition.
Staff at Leeds Building Society in Norwich will dress in up red or ditch their uniform for the day in return for a donation to Comic Relief, and will also be accepting public donations at the Guildhall Hill branch.
Meanwhile, at La Tasca in Tombland, customers and staff will be taking on the La Tomatina challenge to raise money.
The competition involves eating as many tomatoes as possible in a minute, with the entry donation of £1 and all other proceeds going to Comic Relief.
At Thorpe St Andrew School, students will take part in a sponsored fitness challenge as they look to raise more than £250. Forty-five year-10 pupils will perform as many push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and other exercises as possible within a one-hour lesson.
Wymondham College students will celebrate Comic Relief Harlem Shake-style as they look to set a world record for the most people performing the viral hit dance, as well as holding a non-uniform day.
At Spixworth Social Club, The Men From Uncle Barry will take to the stage and audience members are being asked to dress in red, with collections being done during the evening. Non-members are welcome and entry is £2.
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