Ripon folk are doing something funny for money this Red Nose Day.
Children at Moorside Junior School are enjoying a day of ‘cakes, dressing up, and bye bye beard’. Pupils will be coming to school in their pyjamas and headteacher Robin Scott has set the school a challenge – collect enough coppers to fill a red hoop in the shape of giant red nose and he’ll let pupils shave off his beard.
Next door at Moorside Infants, pupils are celebrating World Book week at the same time. They are spending Red Nose Day dressed up as characters from their favourite books.
Businesses are getting involved – 48 retailers from around Ripon have been photographed in red noses for a ‘Red-nosed Retailers’ quiz organised by Nicola Woolfenden of Muse photography studio. Prizes include a family ticket to Lightwater Valley and vouchers from the Little Ripon Bookshop, Greenhouse on Blossomgate and Muse photography studio. Entry forms cost £2 and are available from Muse on Kirkgate.
Meanwhile the staff and members at Absolute Fitness Gym in Boroughbridge are planning a sponsored trip to London Zoo to lift ‘three elephants’. Between them they will be walking, jogging, running and cycling the 211 miles to London Zoo on their treadmills and exercise bikes. The powerlifters will then lift 21 tonnes, the equivalent of three elephants.
Staff at the Knowledge Magnet toyshop on Kirkgate usually dress up and collect money in-store, but this year have decided to donate five percent of their Red Nose Day profits to Comic Relief, and to offer customers a five percent discount, which they can choose to donate to Comic Relief.