THIS year’s Comic Relief raised a record £74.3m and money is still rolling in – including thousands of pounds raised in Eastwood and Kimberley.
Fundraisers from the area got involved by selling cakes, getting dressed up and organising sponsored events.
Schools played their part with Oompa-Loompas turning up at classes, pupils wearing their clothes the wrong way around and students staying silent.
Kimberley School sixth formers donned weird and wacky costumes, threw sponges at teachers in docks and held a penalty shootout and a name the bear contest.
Their combined efforts raised £2,100.
Stuffing as many red things into a red shoe as possible was one of the main earners for Brookhill Leys.
Pupils at the school raised more than £700 selling cakes, organising games and making pizzas.
Every class was challenged to organise an event or make something to sell to help raise their cash.
At Greasley Beauvale Primary School Jessica Munroe, Gemma Elliott and Chloe Smith, all ten, spent the day wearing blindfolds and ear muffs to get a feel for how children who are blind and deaf feel and raise cash.
A non-uniform day also added to the £403 raised at the school.
Children made a £1 donation and were all given a joke book written and produced by pupils.
Broxtowe Borough Council employees also got in on the act and raised over £300 sponsoring Robin Bagust to have his head shaved.
At Larkfield’s Junior School, in Nuthall, staff and pupils swapped their school uniform for red clothes and noses raising £300.
Kimberley Primary School pupils dressed up to raise £116.
Children left their uniform at home and dressed up as teachers, superheroes, fairies and pirates.
And pupils at Brinsley Primary School held a Red Nose Day fair and wore their clothes back to front to raise £206.
Cash raised for Comic Relief, which runs every other year, helps people in the UK and Africa.
This year’s projects include funding operations for children and adults in Africa who are blind because of cataracts.