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.
The Payton family, of Shrewsbury: Jack, Tom, Kelly, George and Guide dog Heston
The Payton family, of Shrewsbury: Jack, Tom, Kelly, George and Guide dog Heston

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."

Students at Market Drayton's Grove School were invited to  wear an item of red clothing and make a £1 donation to Comic Relief last Friday.  These enterprising sixth form students took the opportunity to organise a red nose sale for the day.  They are, back row from left to right, Jessanyn Wilde, Louise Pink, Melissa France and Sam Deeley; front row - Alex Pass and Lauren Parr.  Picture by Alex Taylor.
Students at Market Drayton's Grove School were invited to wear an item of red clothing and make a £1 donation to Comic Relief. These enterprising sixth form students took the opportunity to organise a red nose sale for the day. They are, back row from left to right, Jessanyn Wilde, Louise Pink, Melissa France and Sam Deeley; front row: Alex Pass and Lauren Parr. Picture by Alex Taylor.
Sally Taylor, left, and Mary Logan, both 10, from Whixall Primary School, spent the day raising money for charity. The school held several events for Comic Relief, with children and parents invited to make a voluntary donation for a non uniform day, dances being performed by the children as well as various stalls and games throughout the day. Picture: Alex Taylor
Sally Taylor, left, and Mary Logan, both 10, from Whixall Primary School, spent the day raising money for charity. The school held several events for Comic Relief, with children and parents invited to make a voluntary donation for a non uniform day, dances being performed by the children as well as various stalls and games throughout the day. Picture: Alex Taylor
Staff from Sainsburys in Shrewsbury put on their red noses and picked up their clubs in aid of comic relief at Hawkestone Park on Wednesday.  They raised over £500. From left, Richard Dowley and Stuart Pilling are seen here getting ready at the first tee. Picture by Alex Taylor
Staff from Sainsburys in Shrewsbury put on their red noses and picked up their clubs in aid of comic relief at Hawkestone Park on Wednesday. They raised over £500. From left, Richard Dowley and Stuart Pilling are seen here getting ready at the first tee. Picture by Alex Taylor
Comic Relief at the Lodge Day Care Nursery in Norton in Hales. Helper Steph Timmis with Olivia Walker at Tadhg Bickerton. Picture by Mark Sisson
Comic Relief at the Lodge Day Care Nursery in Norton in Hales. Helper Steph Timmis with Olivia Walker at Tadhg Bickerton. Picture by Mark Sisson
Furrows of Shrewsbury held a car push through the town today. Getting ready are, from left, Harry Pierson, Matt Griffiths and Adrian Brand
Furrows of Shrewsbury held a car push through the town today. Getting ready are, from left, Harry Pierson, Matt Griffiths and Adrian Brand
Children from Smart Tots, based at Jungleland in Trench, took part in a parachute jump for three minutes to raise money for Comic Relief. They also painted pictures for the cause. Leader Kath Beyer is seen leading the children during the parachute jump.  Picture by Andy Cunningham
Children from Smart Tots, based at Jungleland in Trench, took part in a parachute jump for three minutes to raise money for Comic Relief. They also painted pictures for the cause. Leader Kath Beyer is seen leading the children during the parachute jump. Picture by Andy Cunningham
Megan Birch and Hannah Appleby, both 9, of Wellington, getting ready for Red Nose Day at Crudgington School in Telford. Picture by Petina Appleby.
Megan Birch and Hannah Appleby, both 9, of Wellington, getting ready for Red Nose Day at Crudgington School in Telford. Picture by Petina Appleby.
Red Nose council candidate Steve Jetley.
Red Nose council candidate Steve Jetley
Oxfam are stocking red noses, pin badges and magnetic car red noses. Charlotte Potter is pictured with her red nose. Picture by Rose Pearce
Oxfam are stocking red noses, pin badges and magnetic car red noses. Charlotte Potter is pictured with her red nose. Picture by Rose Pearce
Rosie Cant, three, with Jack Beyer, two, and Smart Tots leader Kath Beyer at Jungleland in Trench
Rosie Cant, three, with Jack Beyer, two, and Smart Tots leader Kath Beyer at Jungleland in Trench
Red Hill Primary School pupils (and siblings) Sam, 7, left, Annie, 9 and Jake, 7, Bolton, finishing off the giant red nose at Lakeside Plant Centre, Priorslee. PIC BY BOB GREAVES.
Red Hill Primary School pupils Sam, Annie and Jake Bolton finishing off a giant red nose at Lakeside Plant Centre, Priorslee.
St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Madeley, cooking club members spent Thursday afternoon preparing cakes to be sold to parents and classmates. With some of the tasty treats are, from left, Alex Jones, 9, Georgina Evason, 9 and Leia Watts, 9. PIC BY BOB GREAVES. 12/3/2009
At St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Madeley, cooking club members spent Thursday afternoon preparing cakes to be sold to parents and classmates. With some of the tasty treats are, from left, Alex Jones, Georgina Evason and Leia Watts. Picture by Bob Greaves
Finlay Caw, 6, from St. Leonards Primary School, Bridgnorth, with balloons. Picture by Laura Dutfield.
Finlay Caw, 6, from St. Leonards Primary School, Bridgnorth, with balloons. Picture by Laura Dutfield.
Pupils from Coleham County Primary School raised money for Comic Relief. Seen here are Rhianne Rogers and Ryan Highfield, both 10. Picture by Ian Sheppard
Pupils from Coleham County Primary School raised money for Comic Relief. Seen here are Rhianne Rogers and Ryan Highfield, both 10. Picture by Ian Sheppard
Nicola Bradbury, communications officer at Craven Arms Community Centre, gets ready for a tea and cake event this afternoon. All proceeds went to Comic relief. Picture by Laura Dutfield.
Nicola Bradbury, communications officer at Craven Arms Community Centre, gets ready for a tea and cake event this afternoon. All proceeds went to Comic relief. Picture by Laura Dutfield.
Lisa Lynch and Sharon Moreton, of Castle Capers, Stafford Street, Newport, collecting for Comic Relief today.
Lisa Lynch and Sharon Moreton, of Castle Capers, Stafford Street, Newport, collecting for Comic Relief today.