Hartlepool gets into Comic Relief spirit

Staff at the Asda store on Marina Way did something funny for money when they donned red clothing for a spot of bed-time reading. Pictured are Karen Milburn (left) and Joanne Tweddle.
Staff at the Asda store on Marina Way did something funny for money when they donned red clothing for a spot of bed-time reading. Pictured are Karen Milburn (left) and Joanne Tweddle.

PEOPLE across Hartlepool and East Durham showed their support for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day.

People engaged in all sorts of activities to raise money for the charity extravaganza.

Albert the Old English Sheepdog, from Hartlepool, with his Comic Relief hair bow in.

Albert the Old English Sheepdog, from Hartlepool, with his Comic Relief hair bow in.

The theme for this year’s event was Make Your Face Funny For Money, which schools like Barnard Grove Primary, in King Oswy Drive, embraced.

Headteacher Lee Walker said: “It was all organised by Lucy Wesson and we gave the children the option to have their faces painted, which they could do at home or have it done at school by a team of our staff.

“They have also been taking selfies on iPads, which we will post on our Twitter page.”

Businesses like Asda in Marina Way got in the spirit by dressing up.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Oliver Charteris.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Oliver Charteris.

Joanne Tweddle, the community life colleague at the store, said: “My colleagues are wearing all sorts, I’ve seen red T-shirts, blouses, wigs, skirts and noses.

“We’re having a laugh and it’s all just a bit of fun to raise money for a good causes.”

Customers would have been forgiven for getting a shock as they entered the store, and added: “I sat in a rock-hard bed at the front of the shop, reading extracts from Fifty Shades of Grey.

“It’s a bit of banter and the people have been laughing like mad.”

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Marcee Angus.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Marcee Angus.

Meanwhile, staff at the Hartlepool Citizens’ Advice Bureau took part in two days of fundraising.

People visiting the bureau on Park Road, were offered tea, coffee and cake for £1 apiece, while a raffle was also held.

The bureau’s staff were also able to blow off some steam by locking manager Joe Michna in the stocks and drenching him with water-soaked sponges at £1 a go.

Joe said: “One of our volunteers organised the event and all staff enthusiastically participated in the fundraising activities.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Marcee Angus.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Marcee Angus.

“Staff have raised over £150 for Comic Relief and the highlight of the two-day event was seeing me in the stocks and the staff seemed to take a particular delight in this activity.”

Humans were not the only ones joining in with the fun, as Albert the Old English Sheepdog showed.

Owned by Hartlepool hairdresser Jenny Hunter, Albert sported a Comic Relief bow to keep his long tresses out of his face.

Since 1988, Red Nose Day has been a biennial event that has raised millions of pounds for Comic Relief, with all proceeds going towards tackling poverty and social injustices in the UK and abroad.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Amira Charteris.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Amira Charteris.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. From left are Oliver Charteris, Marcee Angus, Amira Chrteris and Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. From left are Oliver Charteris, Marcee Angus, Amira Chrteris and Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. From left are Oliver Charteris, Marcee Angus, Amira Chrteris and Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. From left are Oliver Charteris, Marcee Angus, Amira Chrteris and Dylan Cooper.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Oliver Charteris.

Face painting was part of the Red Nose Day fun for children from Barnard Grove Primary School in King Oswy. Oliver Charteris.