Sunderland bowled over by Comic Relief

Comic Relief basin cut head shave at Sainsbury's Silksworth, by Marshall Hall (left) of Reds hairdressers, with l-r Stephen Ahmed, James Pallas and Phillip Richardson.

Comic Relief basin cut head shave at Sainsbury's Silksworth, by Marshall Hall (left) of Reds hairdressers, with l-r Stephen Ahmed, James Pallas and Phillip Richardson.

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WEARSIDERS got into the Comic Relief spirit yesterday with a host of events to raise cash for the charity.

Barclays Bank, in the city centre had a hairdresser set up shop in the lobby, while staff from Sainsbury’s in Silksworth received bowl-cuts at the entrance of the supermarket.

Ashley Dembry of Dembry and Macey, in Blandford Street, was cutting and styling the hair of customers and staff at Barclays between 10.30am and 2pm. Several of the staff got involved and created a great Comic Relief atmosphere.

Cash is still coming in but Barclays have vowed to double how ever much money the shop raised.

Branch manager Linda Fishburn said: “It was really good fun, once again Sunderland people were really giving.”

Sainsbury’s trio James Pallas, 18, Phillip Richardson, 30, and Stephen Ahmed, 19, volunteered for the bowl-cuts.

In total the store raised more than £5,000

Phillip Richardson, who had his head shaved said: “I’ve done bits and pieces for charity before but never had my hair shaved!”

The store also works closely with local schools, and spent the morning going around them selling Comic Relief T-shirts and red noses.

T-shirts and red noses were also sold in-store where money was raised with a tombola and by other departments getting in the spirit, such as the clothing team wearing comedy wigs to work.

Store spokesman said: “They surprise us every year, they get involved and interact so the customers know what we’re doing. It creates a buzz in the store.”

Students at Sunderland College competed in a Harlem Shake-off to boost funds and the popular craze saw groups of people dancing in bizarre ways to Harlem Shake by American electronic musician Baauer.

The trend swept the internet and each campus at Sunderland College has performed their own version and is still vying for votes on Facebook.

Each student paid £1.50 for a Comic Relief Red Nose to take part with the results of each ‘shake-off’ posted on the college’s Facebook page and to raise further funds for Comic Relief the college’s Hylton Campus hosted events such as a bake-off, pool tournament and manicure sessions.