Hot pants, tasty home-made cakes and selfie photos were among the fundraising events across the district in aid of Comic Relief on Friday.
Passers-by were treated to an astonishing sight in St Mary’s Place in Harborough on Friday when a “strut off” was held between optical assistant Chris Crowter from Specsavers in the town and Simon Harrap, deputy store manager of the local Sainsbury’s.
It was inspired by the town’s Specsavers YouTube video earlier this month which aped the MoneySupermarket TV advert featuring “Dave” strutting his stuff in denim hot pants and high heels. The video has now been viewed more than 22,000 times.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Academy school’s council in Harborough hosted its first ever Red Nose Day event and raised more than £810.
The council sold £240 worth of red noses leading up to the event and the day itself included mufti dress, wearing red, face painting, design-a-red-nose contest, cake stall and a school band concert.
An open morning was also held and the school “was a hive of activity as children, parents and teachers got involved in the spirit of the event”, said office manager Victoria Charlton.
Farndon Fields Primary in Harborough raised more than £1,100 for the cause with its events.
A Selfie Booth was open for the children to dress-up and take their wackiest selfies throughout the week.
The school also sold red noses and on Friday the whole school took part in a Dance-a-thon all day.
Teacher Terri Burningham said: “It was a fantastic event and the children were busting their moves on the dance floor with our resident DJ James.”
Harborough MP Edward Garnier visited and met new head teacher Nikki Prince.
“We are so thrilled with the amount raised and the children had such a super time,” added Terri.
Pupil Mille Kempster (8) managed to do a sterling job of fundraising herself, raising £121 alone by getting Dance-a-thon sponsorship from friends, neighbours and colleagues of her dad Jamie’s workplace, All Vehicle Parts in Farndon Road, Harborough.
Lutterworth High School raised £685.87 through a combination of a non-uniform day, face-painting and cake sales.
Children from Castle Lane Day Nursery in Great Bowden Road, Harborough, set up a flower and cake stall during its after-school club.
They baked and sold their own cakes and paper flowers, raising £130 for the cause.
All Leisure Group in Harborough, which includes the Travelsphere brand, raised more than £150 and sold 30 red noses. Staff were encouraged to take fun selfie photos in exchange for a donation.
The O Hairdressing salon in Kibworth, which opened last month, raised more than £146 with its Comic Relief activities which included pampering sessions for clients.
And students at Thomas Estley College in Broughton Astley held a fun run on the day with some runners wearing wacky costumes.