Comic efforts help paint Redbridge red

Children and adults put the Red into Redbridge last Friday when they shared a laugh for the charity event of the year.

Across the borough people donned red noses and did something silly for the biggest Red Nose Day yet which has raised nearly �75million for good causes.

While staff from the Renault Showroom, in Romford Road, Ilford grew their own tomatoes, 500 youngsters at St Bede’s Primary School, in Canon Avenue, Chadwell Heath, did the Time Warp dance to raise �500 and 10-year-old Grace Easlea, from St Augustine’s Primary School, Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, cycled round Valentine’s Park in her pyjamas.

Deputy Headteacher at St Bede’s Primary, Hayley Bloomfield, said some children taking part had never taken part in Red Nose Day before.

She said: “It was absolutely fantastic. The kids were delighted, and the teachers were too.

“We had an assembly beforehand where the pupils watched a Red Nose Day film so they could see where the money they raised will be spent.”

At St Aubyn’s School, in Bunces Lane, Woodford Green, foreign teachers from as far as Poland and Turkey got involved with the fun.

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School exchange coordinator Val James said: “I was given strange looks when I turned up at the supermarket checkout with 20 red noses.

“The teachers were amazed at the amount of money raised by the school and nationally - and they really got involved. It was brilliant.”

No part of the borough was safe from the zany fundraising, which culminated on BBC1 on Friday night comedy legends like Lenny Henry and Michael Macintyre hosted a show which included David Walliams and others performing a tribute to Take That.