Baking cakes, singing songs and scoring goals – North Herts and Stevenage kids raise hundreds …

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Red Nose Day at the Garden City Academy in Letchworth. Photo: Vikki Brewer

Red Nose Day at the Garden City Academy in Letchworth. Photo: Vikki Brewer

North Herts schoolchildren and staff baked cakes, sang songs and played football to raise hundreds of pounds for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day.

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Red Nose Day at Busy Bees nursery in Letchworth. Photo: Abi WhiteRed Nose Day at Busy Bees nursery in Letchworth. Photo: Abi White

Letchworth’s Garden City Academy marked the biannual fundraising festival on Friday with a non-uniform, crazy hair day and Red Nose treasure hunt.

The academy also held a Red Nose Show three days earlier, where each class performed a song and parents paid to come and watch. The two days raised a total of £360.50.

At the garden city’s Busy Bees nursery, children and staff wore pyjamas and held a bake sale to raise £95 on Red Nose Day.

Nursery manager Sandra Bonfield said: “We love being involved with Red Nose Day. We love coming up with interesting ways to support our chosen charities and all of the staff, children and their families were really excited to do their bit.

Members of staff at St Mary's Junior School in Baldock put on football kit to play against the kids to raise funds for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day. Photo: Courtesy of St Mary's Junior SchoolMembers of staff at St Mary’s Junior School in Baldock put on football kit to play against the kids to raise funds for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day. Photo: Courtesy of St Mary’s Junior School

“We hope the funds we raise make a little bit of a difference to those children who need it most.”

In Baldock, St Mary’s Junior School held a non-uniform day, baked cakes and took to the football field to raise £218 on Friday.

Female members of the staff pulled on their boots and children paid to play against them. The staff held their own and even scored a few goals, but by the last few games they were beginning to tire.

In Stevenage, Marriotts School pupil Abbie Cooper, 14, organised her own fundraising quiz night for Comic Relief – with family, friends and neighbours all there to help her raise £250 so far.

Mum Jenny Cooper told the Comet: “This is her third quiz since she was about 10 years old – first there was Sport Relief, then Children in Need and this year Comic Relief.

“Abbie has spent the last three months working hard on this and gets so much out of it herself. A great night had by all and she’s already planning the next one.”

Over in Hitchin, regulars from Bronte Thornley’s weekly zumba sessions at the town’s Queen Mother Theatre raised almost £600 by taking part in a two-hour session the previous week.

Comic Relief, set up in 1985, supports poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and overseas as part of its work to eradicate poverty. Its Red Nose Day fundraising drive was first held in 1988 and happens once every two years, alternating annually with Sport Relief.

For more see comicrelief.com/red-nose-day.

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