Get ready for Red Nose Day

Shropshire got silly today to raise money for Comic Relief.  See our picture gallery here.

sd3113786br12red1Thousands of people across Shropshire are aiming to raise huge sums of cash for Comic Relief today by doing something funny for money.

Fundraisers planned to push cars, while a local politician was going out canvassing in a red nose, workers were having their legs waxed and others were also set to get involved in a range of different stunts to generate money for the TV charity appeal.

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In Telford, an 87-year-old magician was coming out of retirement to raise money for Comic Relief and to entertain fellow residents at his care scheme.

Herbert Treadwell was hoping to wow fellow residents at Accord Housing Association’s Bennett House with a host of thrilling tricks. He said: “It is great to be putting on a magic show again.”

Two Telford youngsters have already raised hundreds of pounds in aid of Comic Relief after completing a sponsored walk to The Wrekin.

Lucy Egan and Mel Latham, who are 11, braved rain and hail to finish the 6.2 mile walk from Lucy’s home in Coronation Drive in Donnington.

The pair were joined by Lucy’s father, Pete, 49, for the challenge.

In Madeley, Chun Bagrey, of Bagrey’s Laundrette, dyed his hair red and gave away free red cakes.

Health and beauty students from Walford and North Shropshire College were taking on students from the New Saints Football Club in a Comic Relief soccer game.

Residents at the Llysfield nursing home were also enjoying a day of activities, which included throwing wet sponges at staff.

Steve Jetley, Conservative candidate for the Belle Vue ward in Shrewsbury, was canvassing the electorate wearing a comedy red nose to raise £200.

Children at Abacus Childcare in Dawley headed into the centre in their finest nursery rhymed themed fancy dress outfits today.

Staff hired special costumes to wear on the day including a Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet costumes.

Other fundraisers were also getting in the fancy dress spirit for the charity like Megan Birch and Hannah Appleby, both nine, from Crudgington School who chose 118-118 costumes to wear in school today.

Staff at the Shirehall were planning to wear something red to work, donating £1 to Comic Relief in return, while the Column Restaurant was due to serve a Red Nose Day lunch menu.

Lucky boarding students in the Lower School at Concord College were expecting to enjoy bacon sandwiches and pain au chocolat in bed this morning – served up to them by staff in support of Comic Relief. And Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology was planning to hold a S-CAT Factor this afternoon, with judges involved in an event along the lines of television’s X Factor programme.

Red Caps in the 174 Provost Royal Military Police at Parsons Barracks in Donnington, Telford, put their all into raising money for Comic Relief when they did a sponsored Land Rover pull and tackled an It’s A Knockout-style assault course on Wednesday. Sergeant Major Arthur Wier also decided to bravely get his chest waxed for the cause.

Youngsters at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Madeley were cooking up a treat, making cakes and biscuits in preparation for their Comic Relief cake stall at school today.

And Link 51 on Halesfield 6 at Telford were raising money by having a dress down day where staff were wearing red for the day and paying for privilege.

By Andy Richardson

When Thomas Payton was told that his family couldn't afford to buy him one of the new Comic Relief designer T-shirts, he decided to make his own.

Thomas, 14, of Belvidere School, Shrewsbury, decided he would use his PE shirt and compete with the Stella McCartney effort being sold in support of today's Comic Relief Red Nose Day.

His mother, Wendy, said: "I am a mother of four, and although I support the charity, by the time I've paid out £1 for each child to wear anything at school for Red Nose Day - plus all the gear - it is quite stressful when money is already tight."

Thomas then got to work. He may be a schoolboy, but he is an old hand at using design to raise cash for charity.

In 2006 he supported the Severn Hospice through his artwork.

"He  amazes his mum time and time again with his masterpieces," said Wendy.

  • The county will be getting silly today to support Red Nose Day, and your Shropshire Star will be bringing you full reports and pictures.

Red Nose Day wasn't all fun for the Payton family, of Shrewsbury.

Today they said goodbye to Guide Dog Heston, who they have been looking after during his last three months of training.

"He goes to his new owner and we have to say goodbye," said mum Wendy.

"But today it is easier because the kids are occupied with Red Nose Day, so no tears,  just smiles."