Funny for money

Youngsters from the Schools Out after school club enjoy a sponsored walk through Fleetwood
Youngsters from the Schools Out after school club enjoy a sponsored walk through Fleetwood

FLEETWOOD and Wyre youngsters donned comic costumes and wacky wigs - and it was all for a good cause.

Schools, after-school clubs and toddler groups all excelled themselves for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, which raises vital funds for the poorest children in Britain and overseas.

At the Toddle Inn Nursery, on Lofthouse Way, the toddlers dressed up as characters from popular children’s book The Gruffalo, and there were also monsters and aliens.

Nursery manager Olwyn Kirby said: “We managed to raise £120 for Comic Relief.

“All the parents paid a pound to allow the children to dress up, and we also sold cakes which were decorated by the children.

“It was great fun for the children.”

At the Schools Out After School & Holiday Club, based at the Broadway Rooms, St Nicholas’ Church, the children dressed up as cops and robbers.

And it proved a fair cop for cash, raising £60.

Schools Out owner Mandy Woolford said: “We walked a mile with the children and they were all keen to do their bit and help the needy children.”

Charles Saer Primary School combined the event with Book Week by dressing up as clowns.

At St Mary’s, there was a “dress in red” day and the pupils downloaded collection box kits from the Comic Relief website and asked family members for donations.

By the end of the day the school, one of the smallest in Fleetwood with just 175 pupils, had raised a magnificent £450 plus.

Study support coordinator, Joanne Wharton, said: “The children all wanted to help. They knew it was helping under privileged children and they wanted to raise as much as possible.”

It was a similar story throughout Fleetwood and Wyre – at Millfield High, Thornton, staff dressed up as nuns!

Comic Relief proved a huge success, raising over £74m nationwide.