STUDENTS and shop staff led the way in ‘doing something funny for money’ on Red Nose Day.
Teachers children at St Leonards School wore their pyjamas to school all day last Friday to raise £350 for Comic Relief.
Pupils at the Collinswood Drive school paid 50p for the privilege and donated an extra 50p to take part in a talent show and perform dances.
A group of teachers also put on an entertaining show for the children where they dressed up as pupils misbehaving in class.
More than £1,000 was raised by the students at William Parker Sports College.
Student Voice representatives from years seven, eight and nine organised cake sales, sweet sales, a raffle, a sponsored car wash, sponsored silences and a mufti day was held last Friday.
Amber Rudd MP was on hand to help pupils and staff at The Grove raise funds.
The school held a red non uniform day, space hopper races, a talent show a concert and a cake bake-off, won by PE teacher Jane Everest.
And the day was a huge success, raising £1,000 for good causes around the UK and the world.
Meanwhile, children at Castledown Primary School enjoyed a visit from an African headteacher as part of their Comic Relief celebrations.
Freston Adedeme, from Castledown’s twin school in Ghana was the guest of honour last Friday, and held an assembly exactly as he would in his homeland, inspecting the youngsters’ nails and hair.
Castledown’s fundraising efforts will be split between Red Nose Day and buying a computer for The Patience Preparatory School, where at the moment pupils are taught IT theory in the classroom and sit their exams at a local internet cafe.
Castledown headmaster Neil Small said: “It has brought the issues of Comic Relief more alive than we could have imagined.”
At Saxon Mount Community School, a total of £247.81 was collected during an afternoon of fundraising activities which included a year nine comedic performance of Harry Potter, two dance routines, stalls and cake sales.
And toddlers at The Gables nursery in St Leonards had swashbuckling fun dressing up as pirates and buccaneers as part of an entire week dedicated to the annual fundraising event.
The youngsters also sold cakes baked by parents, grandparents and staff, and raised more than £90.
Helen Eaton, the nursery co-ordinator, said: “They learned about children less fortunate than themselves, as well as participating in lots of fun art and craft activities to decorate the nursery.
“Fancy dress went on all week and Wednesday was Pirate Day.”
Elsewhere in St Leonards, at Sainsbury’s, staff and customers raised more than £1,500 for Red Nose Day, with more money still flooding in.
Workers took part in exercises in the store’s foyer and wore wacky wigs and fancy dress.
One man had all of his long hair shaved off for charity and a tombola was held.
Tracy Blackman, the store’s spokesman, thanked all staff and customers who took part and donated money.
Sainsbury’s is also offering schools its remaining Red Nose stock. Anyone interested should write to Tracy Blackman, Sainsbury’s, John Macadam Way, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7SQ.