Scores of people are coming together today (March 15) in a variety of ‘comic’ ways to raise money for Red Nose Day.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief which has raised more than £600m to help change lives across Africa and the UK.
We want to hear what you’re doing for Comic Relief. Are you getting dressed up, doing a personal charity challenge, bathing in something unusual or raising funds in some other way?
Send your stories, pictures and videos of your Red Nose Day events to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a round-up of the some of the ‘funny for money’ events taking place:
Children and staff at Heron Way Primary School, Horsham, will be wearing their own clothes with as much red as possible and their red noses in aid of the fundraiser. The children had a special Red Nose Assembly this morning and sang the Red Nose Day song. Those taking part have been asked to make small donations.
Staff at Strada in East Street, Horsham have dressed up and decorated their restaurant in aid of the charity. They will also be donating all their tips to the cause.
Isabelle Beausseron, Strada’s general manager, said: “We are one of the restaurant sponsors for Comic Relief and we’ve also been raising money all month with special dishes and donating a bit of money from those.
“Today we’re just trying to raise awareness and it’s a good way to show that here at Strada we are really interested in the cause. The staff organised the event and they look the part so it’s not just the business side of it was more about the staff enjoying raising money.”
B52’s in Piries Place will have staff in stocks in front of the bar, from 5pm, for visitors to throw wet sponges at and donate money.
They are also open for the public to get involved as well if their friends and family want to donate money to nominate them. All donations will be going to Comic Relief and all staff members will be wearing Red Nose Day t-shirts.
Generate Youth Club in Storrington is hosting a Comic Relief evening from 7pm-9pm in Trinity Methodist Hall to raise funds.
The club will be holding a bush tucker trial, which will be a challenge for kids who favour conventional foods, with some edible but unusual foods in the pipe line.
They also plan to film a fancy dress Harlem Shake to put on YouTube.
Wabi Horsham is serving two special cocktails on Red Nose Day with 50p donated for every ‘Follow your nose’ cocktail ordered and 25p for every ‘Amaranth’ non alcoholic cocktail ordered.
Zumba Sussex will be donating money at its Zumba Class at 7pm at Millais School. Dress code of red with all welcome to attend.
Rosedale Care Home in Horsham is holding a Red Nose tea party with a red raffle and tombola. It is also sponsoring two staff members to wear something outrageous. It is open to resident’s families, staff and friends.
Steyning Grammar School Sixth Form College students will be holding a red nosed gingerbread men sale, taking a baked bean bath, singing karaoke and the football team will be having their legs waxed to raise money for the cause.
On April 12, Splendid Occasions is hosting the ‘Let’s Barn Dance for Comic Relief’ at the Barn in The Causeway, Horsham, from 7pm until 11pm.
There will be a live band with caller, cash bar, light supper and a raffle.
Tickets are £12.50 adults only and are available from Pretty Things, Park Place, Horsham.
Dee Child of Splendid Occasions, said: “Splendid Occasions has been up and running since July 2011 so I decided that it was time to do something for charity this year and give all the money we raise to the both Comic Relief and St Barnabas Hospice who I am offering my services free of charge for their 40th Anniversary Vintage Tea Party.
“We have been given lots of raffle prize from local businesses, so this event is being organised by a Horsham based company asking Horsham based companies to help.”
The BBC show starts at 7pm tonight and features a star studded line-up including Jessie J, Miranda Hart and One Direction who will perform their Red Nose Day single.
To donate, visit online at www.rednoseday.com