Funny Things People Did For Money

Schools

At Sacred Heart School they had a Superheroes and Comic Relief Day and they raised more than £140 in aid of Headsmart and Comic Relief.

Shiplake Primary School organised a Bake and Cake Sale. Prizes were awarded for the best decorated cakes in each year group and all the cakes were sold at a sale at the end of the day. They were delighted that over £500 was raised for the Comic Relief charity.

St Mary’s School raised a huge £245 through the children bringing in a money to dress up in red and through buying a biscuit and toys at the Toy Sale. This really helped to consolidate the idea of re-using what we may not want any more – our focus in Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education this term.

Staff and students at The Henley College raised nearly £300 for Comic Relief last week, taking on the charity’s challenge of ‘doing something funny for money’. Talkative student Megan Hamilton raised funds through a sponsored silence lasting the 7 hour College day, and in contrast Library staff organised a ‘talk in the Library’ day, inviting students to make a donation. Students from the College’s Pathways and Bridge Departments raised money through a popular cake sale and the College’s Student Union were busy, selling out of red noses.  Principal Tom Espley said: ‘Well done to everyone involved in raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.’

Community Groups

On Thursday 14th March, Henley Rock Choir members were joined by two very special guest soloists: Sir John Madejski, Chairman of Reading Football Club, and the Mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin! It was all part of a series fun dares to help raise money for Comic Relief.

Local Rock Choir Leader Lucy Hewes explains:
“This year, the theme of Red Nose Day was ‘do something funny for money’, including ‘Entertain’ and ‘Dare’. We thought it would be a great idea to dare Sir John Madejski and Councillor Hodgkin to sing with us, and we were over the moon that they said yes and took time out from their busy schedules to sing with us. Our fun dare raised more than £500 and it was part of a whole series of Rock Choir events across the country, which have so far raised almost £30,000 for Comic Relief.”

Sir John and Councillor Hodgkin joined more than 100 Rock Choir members at the D:Two Baptist Church in Market Place, Henley, where they carried out their dares in front of a packed house. Sir John Madejski opened the show with a wonderful rendition of the Labi Siffre song, ‘Something Inside So Strong’. Afterwards, he commented: “It was fantastic, and I thought that Rock Choir brought out a great feeling in everyone. I hope Rock Choir grows in success and raises a substantial amount for Red Nose Day.”

Councillor Hodgkin gave a wonderful rendition of ‘Proud’, which was a hit for former M People singer Heather Small. It’s not the first time Councillor Hodgkin has sung in public. Last December she led a carol service on the steps of Henley Town hall, to launch the town’s Christmas Festival.

“Tonight went amazingly well and I am so pleased at the way Sir John Madejski and Councillor Hodgkin rose to the challenge of being dared for Comic Relief,” said Lucy. “I’ve had a few singing sessions with them to help them prepare for their songs and they’ve both give up their own time to practice. They sounded really fantastic.”

Watch their performances @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajXwYpVXL2E (The Mayor) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au7PHhJZarE (Sir John)