Plymouth goes Comic Relief crazy on Red Nose Day
PLYMOUTH went Comic Relief crazy for this year's Red Nose Day.
The whole city pulled together to boost the charity pot by thousands of pounds.
Schools, businesses and individuals came up with quirky and original ways to raise much-needed cash.
At Bella Italia in the city centre, staff took part in a Laughter Yoga session which put them in a giggly mood just in time for the lunch time rush.
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At Wrigley, factory staff got their jazz hands at the ready for a sponsored jazzercise. The event was part of a drive to help Mars (Wrigley's parent company) raise a million for Comic Relief.
Sailors from HMS Raleigh used their passing out parade to promote the cause, donning red noses for the proud parade.
Head chef at Barbican Kitchen, Ben Palmer, teamed up with Julia Lennon, the head chef at ACE school at Bretonside, for a baking session with pupils. The batch of brownies were sold to staff and parents visiting the school.
Bank manager Suzanne King put herself in the stocks for the cause. The boss of the HSBC branch on Old Town Street allowed customers to soak her with water while staff collected in the cash.
Youngsters at Shakespeare primary school in Honicknowle have been saving their pennies for the day. They filled a giant red nose painting and some wellies for the cause.
Catering staff at the University of St Mark and St John had a busy day. They ran a number of sweepstakes, counting mini eggs in jar, a lovely red nose cake to raffle and fancy dress day – there were red noses all round.
Students from Hele's School wore red for the day and enjoyed a range of fundraising activities. Students showed off their musical talents at lunchtime busking to raise funds. Year 10 and 11 students already raised £280 from their pantomime The Wizard of Oz.
At Plymouth University, athletics club members took part in a 12-hour triathlon with support from fellow students to raise cash. And they weren't the only ones putting their fitness to the test, with Matilda Sezgin, aged 10, undertaking a sponsored fitness challenge.
A spokesman for Comic Relief said: "Thank you so much on behalf of everyone at Comic Relief to everyone in Plymouth who baked a cake, sang a song, or did something funny for money this Red Nose Day.
"Whether you dug deep and supported a friend or colleague, texted in a donation or took part in a group activity, your money will be spent helping people living unimaginably tough lives in Africa, across the UK and right here in Plymouth."