Scarborough enjoys the funny side of fundraising

Red Nose day.Gladstone road jnrs Kids and staff have a crazy hair day.Picture 131140
Red Nose day.Gladstone road jnrs Kids and staff have a crazy hair day.Picture 131140
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Thousands of pounds has been raised across Scarborough as funny fundraisers were held for year’s Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day saw a variety of imaginative challenges with sponsorship supporting the national event.

131138 Comic Relief Staff and youngsters at Happy Jays Nursery dressed as their favourite Disney characters Picture by Neil Silk 15/03/13

131138 Comic Relief Staff and youngsters at Happy Jays Nursery dressed as their favourite Disney characters Picture by Neil Silk 15/03/13

On Friday night a new record of £75 million was raised, with Scarborough people doing their share of fundraising.

Hair and beauty salon Blue Ruby, in Dean Road, smashed its fundraising target of £500 by raising £1,200 with a sponsored row on Saturday.

Staff were helped by friends, family and supporters to row the distance of the channel and back on a rowing machine outside the salon, provided by Compass Gym, with a number of comic appearances, including Mist Bar owner Tony Snow who rowed his stint in just his underpants. Though the team fell short of the distance, having to “call for the lifeboat” on the return leg, sponsorship money is still coming in on top of the total.

Schools across the town got into the laughing spirit for the day. Gladstone Road Juniors raised £383 with a crazy hair day and a none uniform day, while Graham School supported the cause with a sponsored bounce in the lower school and a spinning challenge by PE staff at the upper school.

131164b  Leah Agar, front left, Kass Ingahm, and Emily Cass, and friends from Scarborough Stagecoach hold a pyjama day for Comic Relief Photo by Andrew Higgins    15/03/2013

131164b Leah Agar, front left, Kass Ingahm, and Emily Cass, and friends from Scarborough Stagecoach hold a pyjama day for Comic Relief Photo by Andrew Higgins 15/03/2013

Staff and service users at Burnside Resource Centre took part in a sponsored walk around Marine Drive, while pyjama days were the fundraising theme for Scarborough Stagecoach and Derwent Beavers who each raised money dressed in their night wear.

Meanwhile youngsters enjoyed baking with children and staff at Happy Jays Nursery, in Hopper Hill Road, raising £200 from a cake stall, raffle and sponsored Disney Day, while at Buckets and Spades Nursery, in Victoria Road, a red themed day and cake sale raise £50, with the amount for charity being matched by Barclays Bank.

Students and staff embraced the 80’s for a themed Red Nose Day at Scarborough Sixth Form College this year. To raise money there was a hoola hoop competition, a space hopper race - won by study centre manager Julie Walkington, a raffle, a dance performance and a cake sale. Overall the College raised over £300 for Comic Relief.

See Thursday’s Scarborough News for pictures from Scarborough’s Comic Relief fundraising efforts.