Red Nose Day efforts help Comic Relief break £1bn barrier
Comic Relief has raised £1bn overall thanks to the £78m donated on this year’s Red Nose Day.
People from across the area made their faces “funny for money” on Friday to help raise money for the worthy cause.
Fundraising activities included bake sales, fancy dress, leg waxes, bike rides and even world record attempts, like the one at Casterton Business and Enterprise College.
Pupils tried to break the record for the longest “selfie” chain, helping to raise lots of money.
Staff at Scallywags Day Nursery in Oakham also joined in the fundraising, cycling the equivalent of Oakham to London on an exercise bike. And pupils at Bourne Academy held a Red Nose Day lunchtime concert.
Local hero Cassidy Little made a special appearance live on the Comic Relief show on BBC One, where he was crowned champion of this year’s People’s Strictly.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the charity, which had raised £960m over the course of its history before this year’s show.
The show on Friday ended with the announcement that Comic Relief and Sport Relief combined had raised a total of £1,047,083,706 so far.