It’s fun and games for Comic Relief

PEOPLE of all ages got into the spirit of things for Red Nose Day across Hartlepool and east Durham.

From nursery schools to old people’s homes, everyone was keen to get in on the action is the national day of fundraising for Comic Relief.

Mail advertising staff (left to right) Linda Hutchinson, Sandra Armstrong, Pauline Caldwell Barr, Angie Whitfield, Jo Spence and Lisa McLaughlin

Mail advertising staff (left to right) Linda Hutchinson, Sandra Armstrong, Pauline Caldwell Barr, Angie Whitfield, Jo Spence and Lisa McLaughlin

Staff and pupils at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, in Seaton Carew, donned their best fancy dress outfits for the day and donated money.

Hartlepool’s oldest man got in on the act at town tourist attraction HMS Trincomalee.

Workers at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience put a big red conker on the ship’s figurehead, which is thought to be modelled on a shipbuilder in Bombay, where the boat was built in 1817 for the British Admiralty.

David McKnight, general manager of the ship’s trust, said: “What is certain though, at 193 years old he is the oldest man in Hartlepool to sport a red nose for charity this year.”

Meanwhile, pub staff laced up their trainers and took to the roads in a gruelling fundraising challenge.

Michael Barker, 20, from the Grange area of Hartlepool, and Carl Robinson, 23, from King Oswy, who both work in the Merry Go Round pub in Holdforth Road, Hartlepool, completed a half-marathon around the town yesterday afternoon.

Teachers and pupils from Clavering Primary School also had their running shoes on, kitted out as the stars of the 118 TV ad, and there were similar scenes at Sacred Heart Primary with red noses galore and acting headteacher Jeff Cook doing a lap of the playground for each £1 donated.

A kind-hearted youngster showed off his cooking skills as he baked cakes and biscuits which he sold in his school.

Kingsley Primary School pupil Lewis Barnes, nine, who lives in Honiton Way, Hartlepool, raised nearly £200 with his efforts.

His proud mum, Dawn Proctor, 35, said: “It was all his own idea, he has done so well.”

Youngsters from Stranton Toddler Group, based in St Matthew’s Church Hall, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, managed to rake in an impressive £150 from a string of fundraising events.

John and Wendy Marsey, from Cornwall Street, organised a mad-cap fancy dress three-mile walk around Hartlepool town centre and the marina, starting at the Grand Hotel.

McNally Day Care staff, based at Peterlee Day Centre, off Essington Way, joined centre staff to raise more than £500 by doing tombola, raffles, bingo, chest waxing, dying their hair and a few were put into the stocks and had wet sponges thrown at them.

The Mail staff also did its bit for the cause.

Staff in the advertising department wore red for the day and sold cakes around the office.

And brave staff from Hartlepool Borough Council opted for a quick dip in the sea to raise money from colleagues.

Martin Spaldin, Helen Williams, Tom Britcliffe and Nomusa Martindale, all from the regeneration and planning services team, raised £370 in sponsorship.

Meanwhile, staff from Sedgefield Borough Homes held a range of events including sponsored leg wax and head shave, a dress-down day, wearing wellies full of jelly, wearing something funny for money, face-painting and hair-dying.

AnneMarie Connor, 21, and Danielle Charlton, 19, raised £100 by talking part in a non-stop 10-hour sponsored air walk on cross-trainer machines at Community House in May Crescent, Trimdon Station.