September 27th, 2016

All get stuck in for Red Nose Day

Updated: 11:11 am, May 07, 2015

RESIDENTS of all ages from across Bromsgrove, Droitwich and South Birmingham did something funny for money last week to raise funds for Comic Relief.

A total of 460 pupils from Parkside Middle School’s school council took part in a fun run to generate cash for the red nose cause.

An impressive £1,300 was collected and, because of a scheme being run by the Government, that will now be matched pound for pound, taking the total to £2,600.

Each year group had ten minutes to do as many laps as they could of the school playing field which is the size of two football pitches. One boy managed 21 laps in that time.

Charlotte Bevan, the year five teacher who is also in charge of the school council, said: “It was a real team effort where everyone pulled together to raise a fantastic total.

“We are very proud of every one of them.” she added.

At St Stephen’s in Rednal, those over 70 and those under five joined forces for a Really Wild Party.

Among the activities were dressing up as animals, face-painting, making ape masks and enjoying a really wild tea party.

That included jungle-themed snacks, jungle-themed song and circle time and a large jungle-themed assault course.

A really wild raffle was also held throughout the week.

Manager Jules Kite-Lightfoot said: “It was a lovely and enjoyable way for families to raise money for a very worthy cause.”

Children from Jellybabies Nursery and Pre-School dressed in silly clothes, jumpers and trousers inside out and back-to-front.

They also made healthy treats out of rice cakes, fruit and vegetables, bought during a group visit to Morrisons the previous day.

The youngsters then had toast and drinks at the cafe at Longbridge Methodist Church – where the group is based.

Over the past few weeks, they have also been learning about Kenya and how some children live without proper housing, toys, water and electricity,

Nursery manager Jacqueline Walker said: “The children have had lots of fun being involved in Comic Relief.”

The school council at Parkside Middle School geared up for a Red Nose Day fun run. Picture by Alex Bradbury. 1115008ABR