Sea of red across Wokingham for Comic ReliefBy Julie Spencer
March 21, 2013
A rash of red spread over Wokingham as pupils, teachers, office workers and shop staff did something funny for money for Comic Relief.
Uniforms were swapped for red clothes and noses at Winnersh Primary School, where pupils supported both Comic Relief and CLIC Sargent.
The school in Greenwood Grove divided the £568.70 it raised after Year One teacher Gemma Devereaux abseiled down Battersea Power Station in London on Saturday, March 9, in aid of the children’s cancer charity.
At The Emmbrook School in Wokingham a break-time concert, cake sale and photo booth raised £1,600 to be split between Comic Relief and the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
Year 13 student Ashleigh Roberts, who was on the organising committee, said: “Students had to buy a band or red nose which was their admission into the hall.”
The Café Nez Rouge run by students and staff opened for business at The Forest School in Winnersh, raising more than £2,000.
Alison Edwards, owner of The Dress Circle in Peach Street, Wokingham, raised £80 through a cake sale.
Sainsbury’s Winnersh organised a number of staff and shopper stunts while Qliktech in Winnersh IQ took donations from callers throughout the Red Nose Day broadcast on Friday.
Staff at Highwood Primary School in Woodley proved they were game for a laugh by enduring Comic Relief challenges to raise £520.
Each class at the Fairwater Drive school had a target to reach so they could see their teachers compete in challenges including a spelling bee, singing and dancing contests.
Losing teachers were squirted with water and foam and headteacher Gareth O’Shea ended up with a pie in the face after his team lost the tug’o’war.
Children at Crazies Hill C of E Primary in Wargrave created their own Comic Relief canvas by dipping their noses in red paint and leaving a mark in an arts project coordinated by artist Este Macleod.
The school also raised £200 by collecting copper coins and holding the Great Crazies Bake Off.
Baking also proved a moneyspinner at Oakbank School in Ryeish Green where students paid to sample cakes made by teachers, raising £500 so far.
The 65 pupils spent the week learning about and raising money for Comic Relief with events including a Zumba class and an talent show, featuring song, dance and magic turns.