Rugby raises thousands of pounds for Comic Relief

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THOUSANDS of pounds was collected by kind-hearted fundraisers across Rugby who pulled out all the stops to have a good time on Red Nose Day all in the name of charity.

Staff at Cemex in Rugby raised more than £700 on Friday for the 2011 Comic Relief appeal by holding a sponsored silence, cake sales, sweepstakes, dressing up and down, wearing pyjamas to work and putting a giant red nose which was three metres across on one of its lorries.

Even more money was raised at other Cemex offices and put with the Rugby funds now totals around £1,500. The company has decided it will match the funds, resulting in a grand total of more than £3,000.

Ian Southcott, UK community affairs manager, said: “Everybody had a great time.”

Staff at the Spirit Health Club at the Holiday Inn in Crick organised a sponsored bike ride at the gym which raised £170.

There was plenty of chaos and mayhem at Daisykins Day Nursery in Whitehall Road, Rugby, where the tots spent the day doing something funny for money.

The under-twos got involved in the Where’s Wally frenzy which saw all the staff dress up as Wally. The under-threes and their staff dressed disastrously ready for a messy day. There was also face painting, red noses, a book sale and the toddlers also made biscuits. In total the nursery raised £108.

Staff at Rugby School Sports Centre in Horton Crescent spent the week riding hundreds of miles, equalling the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats. They took it in turns on one of the exercise bikes to complete the task.

Seven keen cyclists from Swanswell in Corporation Street hopped on their bikes to cycle from the charity base in Rugby to Birmingham. They set off at 8am and finally arrived at 4.15pm later that day, raising £1,075.

Youngsters and teachers at Northlands Primary School went red for the day, while Sainsbury’s staff dressed in comical outfits and had their legs waxed. There was a giant hot cross bun in store.

Oakfield Primary School pupils and staff wore pyjamas and dressing gowns for the day, raising £144.

Tots at Little Teds Day Nursery in Regent Place held a cake sale and dressed up as their favourite book characters.

There were plenty of cakes and red noses at Hillmorton Primary School, while staff at Browns of Rugby in Somers Road donned their nightwear and brought their teddies into work.

Yet more money was raised at Newbold Riverside Primary School, while Eastlands Primary pupils donned their red noses and Avon Valley students held a non uniform day.

Swimmers at Ken Marriott Leisure Centre were asked to wear a red swim cap last week and staff also raised money on the day by wearing fancy dress.

For a three-page picture special of Comic Relief pictures see the current edition of the Rugby Advertiser.