Picture gallery: Having a laugh for Comic Relief

Fiona Cairns during the cake judging at Lubenham Primary school with Dion Martin 6 and Tilly Quick 5.
Fiona Cairns during the cake judging at Lubenham Primary school with Dion Martin 6 and Tilly Quick 5.

Giggles, gaffs, gags and laughs are ringing out throughout the Harborough district as people get funny to raise money for Comic Relief.

Businesses, schools and nurseries are today putting on a host of events to raise money for the charity.

Some businesses have been putting on events all through the week to raise funds for the charity that works throughout the year to create a just world free from poverty.

Matt Gladman of Adams and Jones estate agency in Harborough has been dressing up every day as a different television character while attending valuation appointments and in the agency’s office in St Mary’s Road.

So far he has dressed up as The Pink Panther, Alexander the Meerkat and Scooby Do.

He said: “The response has been really good. Mainly people are laughing at me, which is the whole point.”

Staff at the agency will today be dressing up as The Addams Family and will be available for children to have their pictures taken with them for a donation between 3.30 and 4.30pm.

Staff from Sainsbury’s in Springfield Street, Harborough took part in a fire-walk over hot coals on Monday, raising more than £1,000.

Today are having a hot dog eating contest, a Maltesers chopstick challenge, a space hopper fundraiser, guess the number of balloons in the caravan, a wheelie wheelchair challenge and cracker eating contest.

The supermarket is also doing a fastest till challenge and staff ther have dressed up as superheroes.

Mel Wisher said: “It’s been a great way of raising money and getting everybody involved, we’ve been raising lots of money. I’ve dressed up as the Red Nose Doctor.”

Robert Smyth Academy in Harborough hosted a dodgeball event to raise funds for Comic Relief on Wednesday.

Barry Henning from Specsavers in Harborough will be wearing a tu-tu for a ballet event in Peterborough tomorrow.

Market Harborough Building Society is selling tickets for its Happy Hamper which is full of fun red treats to eat. Call in to the society in The Square, Harborough to get your ticket today.

There is also a guess how many sweets are in the jar contest for children at the building society.

Lubenham Primary School is holding a Great Lubenham Book Bake Off today.

Children and adults are invited to create a cake based on their favourite book.

Lubenham primary teacher Sue Foster said: “I wanted to create a fun way of baking, whilst reading books and raising money for Comic Relief.”

Royal Wedding cake designer Fiona Cairns, of Fleckney, is the judge.

Fiona said: “The standards are so high, it’s almost impossible to pick a winner. I think this is a wonderful project to get everybody baking, I wish they could all win.”

Little Angels Day Nursery in Harborough has been running a Tommy Cooper comedy week with lots of laughs for the little ones.

Toddler room manager Julia Bird said: “All week the children have been making hats and cakes, and learning dance routines. Gangham style has also been one which the older children have learnt.

“We have raised an amazing total of £650.”

At Waitrose in Springfield Street, Harborough staff have organised a variety of fundraisers all week including a guess-who-the-baby-pictures-are competition, cake bake-off and an auction for silence whereby every £5 donated to Comic Relief will be an hour in which store manager Loretta Taylor will remain silent.

Reporters and the advertising team at the Mail are wearing red to raise funds.

Staff at soft play area and children’s party venue Mini Mischiefs in Harborough have dressed up as red noses and superheroes. There is also cakes and a best joke competition on its Facebook site. The winning joke will be read out at Mini Mischiefs today.

Leicestershire Craft Centre is working with children to make decoupage red noses with its mini-makers pre-school children.

Andrea Greenaway, of the craft centre, said: “We are having a fantastic time doing arts and crafts with the pre-school children and their mums.”

Bringhurst Primary is today working to bake the largest Red Nose Day cake in the whole of the Welland Valley.

Solutions in Manor Walk, Harborough is today selling cakes and staff there have so far raised £70.

Suzie Simpkin, of Solutions, said: “I’ve been baking since 6am to get these cakes ready for today, but I’ve enjoyed it, and hope to raise lots of money.”

The Attic Room in East Langton also baked cakes to raise funds with various categories for awards including Best Design, Best Taste and Soggyest Bottom.

Andy Gilfedder said: “It was a team effort and all the cakes were made to a very high standard.”

Doing a quick stop in Harborough this morning to find a top 40 record in one of the town’s charity shops was Ayaz Sheikh of Simon Sheikh Communications Group.

Mr Sheikh had just over an hour to find the record and return to get a connecting service to Hinkley where he must locate another record.

He will also be visiting Coalville, Loughborough and Melton and must be at Radio Leicester by 3pm for an interview about his challenge.