Cakes were baked, tasted and sold, red was donned and some clever faces created for this year’s Comic Relief Red Nose Day.
Newmarket and the surrounding area helped in its own small way to send the charity’s fund-raising through the £1billion mark last Friday after 30 years of raising money alongside Sports Relief to help those in need here and overseas.
The Great Paddocks Bake Off at The Paddocks Primary School in Newmarket raised £147,60. Teachers baked cakes and children judged them before taking home a slice or two, Winning recipe for best decoration went to Mrs Jackie Crisp while tastiest cake was won by Mrs Lesley Hogden.
St Louis Academy raised £366 when pupils were invited to wear something funny for money.
Cheveley Primary School raised £165.10 as children wore something red and baked cakes and biscuits.
Moulton Primary School raised £355.70 from the sale of red noses and the school joke book compiled by pupils.
Newmarket Academy staged a talent show and raised £855.74 during its non uniform day and cake sales.
Gymophobics clients made cakes which were judged by Melissa Rochester from the Journal and these were then donated to a nearby day centre.
TK Maxx staff have been supporting the charity for the past six weeks and nationally raised £4million.
Steven Ready, general assistant at Sainsbury’s in Mildenhall, had his legs waxed and raised £350. “It was the first time I’d had it done and I say never again.” he said. Staff also made and tasted muffins with surprise ingredients ranging from mustard to a Brussell sprout.
Lakenheath mum Lauri Di-Giulio raised £228 after allowing her children chose her outfit for the walk to school and nursery during the week.
Leo, five, and Sofia, four, chose mum’s outfits and she walked with them and seven month old Luca, one day wearing waders and another as Elsa from Frozen. She said: “It was a real test of bravery and humiliation.”
Meanwhile pupils raffled for the chance to paint the faces of seven teachers and paid to make their faces funny for money and dress in red. The school raised £534.
Great Heath Primary School raised £321.25 with funny faces and dressing up and St Mary’s Academy raised £491.99 with crazy hair, a bake off and biscuit decorating.
At St Christopher Robins nursery in Red Lodge children created a rain forest display and held a disco and art auction to raise money.