Sunderland gets into Comic Relief spirit

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A SEA of red noses washed over Wearside for the annual Comic Relief spectacular.

Schools and groups got in the spirit of fund-raising with a host of colourful events to help transform the lives of millions of people, both at home in the UK and across Africa.

Danielle Greest, a teacher taking part in a darts match at Sunderland High School for Comic Relief.

Danielle Greest, a teacher taking part in a darts match at Sunderland High School for Comic Relief.

Staff and pupils at Sunderland High School hit the bullseye with a charity darts match.

Dr Angela Slater, head of the school, said: “I was really excited that staff and pupils took on the challenge, there has been quite intense competition just to take part.

“It’s a lot of fun for a good cause.”

At Jekyll & Hyde salon in Ormonde Street, Barnes, client Alex Hawker had her long locks shaved off to raise hundreds of pounds.

I was really excited that staff and pupils took on the challenge, there has been quite intense competition just to take part.

Dr Angela Slater, head of the school at Sunderland High School

“Her hair was very long, down her back, so it was very brave to have it all shaved off,” said the salon’s artistic director Caroline Lamb.”

Staff at the salon donated £100 to Alex’s fund which topped £500 in total.

The Salvation Army cooked up a recipe for fund-raising success with a Bake Off competition at Southwick Community Project based at Austin House in Shakespeare Street.

Members of local community groups took part in an afternoon of baking sponges, which were decorated with their own designs.

Community beat managers from Southwick Neighbourhood Police Team played the role of Mary Berry to judge the cakes, which were sold off to raise funds. Thorney Close Primary School, in Torquay Road, invited three stand-up comedians to its Comedy Cafe to provide some professional laughter into proceedings.

Headteacher Catherine Jones said: “We always encourage our children to use their imagination and initiative, and they have certainly excelled themselves this time.” Elsewhere, staff and students at Boldon School raised more than £2,500 in a host of sponsored activities, including a sponsored silence, bake-off, face painting and sports. And at Barnes Court Care Home, which cares for adults with physical disabilities as well as providing specialist nursing and dementia care for older people, staff and residents donned fancy dress costumes and red noses, with carnival cut-outs and a selection of fancy dress props on hand for fun photo opportunities.

Care Manager Joanne Steele took part in a bush tucker-style challenge and maintenance man David Abernethy had his legs waxed by staff and residents. Whitburn Church of England Academy Year 11 pupil, Harry Turnbull, had his tight, curly hair straightened as part of the school’s fund-raising activities.