Fun and funds with Richmond's red noses
A record £75m was raised for Comic Relief 2013, helped in no small part by fundraisers throughout Richmond.
The activities ranged from a 24-hour meeting, to a 10-year-old girl chopping off her well-loved locks to make wigs for children with cancer.
St Mary’s University held the meeting, which consisted of 24 one-hour meetings, 24 topics, 24 agendas and 24 minute takers.
St Mary’s school of sport, health and applied science raised more than £1,200 at the event, which was held between March 13 and March 14.
Hampton girl Maddy O’Hara, 10, bravely gave up her hair, and managed to raise £235 for Cancer Research and £265 for Comic Relief.
The two 8in plaits bravely donated by Maddy go to the Little Princess Trust for wigs for children suffering from hair loss.
Following the charity chop she said: “I couldn’t believe that it had been detached from my head, my knees were knocking and I held my stubs of hair tight.
“I nearly wailed in protest, but decided not, because people lose their hair to cancer in some circumstances, so losing some hair for charity is the least of my worries.
“I feel so proud of myself, and that the people who sponsored me and I will be giving someone hair and lots of people will receive medication and help.
“I can’t say I love having short hair because long hair looks good on me, but there are some positives too - my hair dries quickly and I barely have to brush it.”
Also, 84-year-old Cavan Bakery in Hampton, Hampton Hill and Teddington, sold red nose doughnuts from March 9 to 15, with 20 per cent of sales going to Comic Relief.
Sales managed to raise £180.33 which Sarah Cavan from the bakery was thrilled about.
She said: “It was a great initiative as we sold over double our normal amount of doughnuts and something we’ll definitely do next year.”
TV chef Paul Merrett also helped out in the fundraising at Grey Court as he judged a Grey Court School bake off.
Eleven parent/student teams took on the challenge to bake a show-stopping cake that reflected the red nose theme at Grey Court School.
He awarded a prize to the winning cake and the three top offerings will be raffled to raise money for Red Nose Day. The school raised £2,660 in total, with £60 coming from the cakes.
More than £2,000 was raised through a display window competition in Paint Teddington Red’s campaign, which was judged by comedian and author Viv Groskop.
The event, organised by the Teddington Business Community was a great success, and the winner of the window display competition was TEDS.
Groskop said: “The display was really charming. Not only did it look great with all of the little teddy bears wearing their red noses, but most had been sold with the proceeds going to Comic Relief.”