generous Belper people have been busy ‘doing something funny for money’ and raising cash for Comic Relief.
The money they raised from their kind-hearted efforts will go towards helping poor and vulnerable people in the UK and Africa.
Comic Relief was broadcast on BBC One and Two on Friday, March 18, when a host of comedy and entertainment stars joined forces with the public to try to raise as much money as possible for the annual appeal.
And the event proved a great success for when the evening drew to a close, a staggering £74million had been raised — the highest amount collected on the night in Red Nose history.
Highlights from the star-studded night included Peter Kay performing alongside singing sensation Susan Boyle as his alter-ego Geraldine McQueen.
But earlier in the day in Belper, a new star was born.
For Mike Handley, of Graphic Results, spent his working day sat in a bathtub full of mushy peas in the firm’s front window!
From 9.30am until 5pm, Mike worked on his computer, chatted on the phone, and met customers — all while covered in peas.
And he said that he loved it, revealing that, so far, his stunt and the generosity of the public had raised £532.
Mike said: “It was absolutely fabulous! And my body survived and has not gone green!
“But it wasn’t pleasant after being sat in there after a while.
“The number of double-takes people walking by gave me was unbelievable. People were walking back again to look.
“A lot of people were just popping in the door when they saw the collection buckets to chuck money in.
“I am very, very pleased with how it went.”
In another twist, Mike gave another window show two days later.
He said: “We didn’t feel like cleaning up on Friday evening and were busy on Saturday, so when we came to clean up on Sunday, the peas had gone solid and I was having to dig out crusty peas with a shovel!”
At Kilburn Junior School, children got involved in a number of Red Nose activities to raise cash.
Some paid to wear their pyjamas for a day, others made cakes throughout the week to sell to classmates and parents on the Friday, while others took part in face painting.
There was also a sponsored ‘Wacky Workout’, which saw the children take part in a round robin of physical activities, including skipping and hopping.
Headteacher Nigel Pratley said £380 was raised just through cake sales, and that, with money still to come in, the school had so far raised £685. He added that the school hoped to raise about £1,500 in total.
“It went absolutely brilliantly,” said Nigel. “A big thank you to the deputy headteacher Robert Hull, who was the main organiser of the events.”
Down at George’s Tradition fish and chip shop, on Bridge Street, Belper, five staff members had their legs waxed and raised £230. Cakes were also made and sold.
The brave quintet to have hair removed was James Allsopp, Glyn Lynam, Peter Godfrey, Jake Shaw and Toby Ingram.
Helen Young, of George’s, said: “We are very grateful to the customers who came in to support the effort.
“I think the lads were very brave and there wasn’t much screaming. But I don’t think they will be having it done again for a while!”
On Tuesday, March 15, girls from the 1st Holbrook Brownies raised £115 when they ran an event with stalls, games and refreshments for their families and friends.
Meanwhile, male staff at the Greenhouse pub on King Street, had been sponsored to grow a moustache. They had started growing them on Valentine’s Day. Buckets were put on the bar on Friday for customers to donate.