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Pupils mix it up for Comic Relief funds
12:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
A signed Swindon Town Football Club shirt is one of the prizes up for grabs in a raffle organised by two 12-year-old girls for Comic Relief.
Tamzin-Lee Tuck and Lucy Fenn, who both attend Sheldon School in Chippenham, came up with the idea of a raffle and bake sale after seeing adverts of children their age who do not have the same chances in life.
They decided they wanted to help so, on their own initiative, wrote to businesses in and around Chippenham asking them to donate cakes and prizes.
And they were amazed by the response, with about 15 businesses coming on board.
The bake sale took place in Emery Gate shopping centre on Saturday and the raffle will be drawn this Saturday. So far they have raised £337.
Tamzin-Lee’s mum Selena Tuck said: “I am amazed at the hard work and enthusiasm both girls have put into this to help children less privileged than themselves.”
To buy a raffle ticket, call 07843 575148.
People all over Chippenham are making themselves look silly to raise cash for Red Nose Day next Friday.
The day strives to transform lives both in Africa and closer to home, for example Unseen UK – a women’s project in the Bristol area providing a safe house and support centre for young female survivors of sexual trafficking.
Just £70 could buy a pair of trainers in this country, but in Uganda it could pay for a child living on the streets to attend school for a whole year.
Graham Davison-Smith, who is playing Danny Warbucks, the billionaire who adopts Annie, in the Clogs production at the Neeld Hall this month, will get his head shaved at Centre Stage hairdressers in Chippenham on Monday for Comic Relief cash.
Mr Davison-Smith, 52, of Gastard, said: “My hair’s pretty unruly at the moment. I haven’t had it cut since Christmas.
“But Warbucks is traditionally played by a bald man, so it’s all got to go.”
Lodge Farm nursery school, in Malmesbury Road, Chippen-ham has already raised more than £200 in donations from parents and staff by inflicting pain on their staff. Nursery worker Charlie Collins, 21, of Kington Langley, and nursery nurse Warren Andrews, 20, of Calne, are getting their legs waxed on Red Nose Day. Mr Collins said: “I’m not overly excited. It is obviously going to hurt, but it’s all in a good cause.”
Room supervisor Sarah Jones, 26, of Corsham, naturally has hair as black as night but will be dying it pink. The nursery will also have a cake sale and a guess how many sweets in the jar.
Hardenhuish’s school parliament has organised events including a Wii tennis competition, Harlem Shake dance, an after-school battle of the bands and a sponge attack against teachers.
Abbeyfield School will challenge themselves to a fancy dress sit-down Zumba. More than 800 students and staff will be performing Latin-infused dance moves around the school and on chairs in the playground.
The PE department is leading the activity, in which the school’s disabled students will also take part. Even Year 7s away on a Disneyland Paris trip will be taking part in the routine on the bus as they travel to France.
And Busy Bee’s Nursery on Bath Road, Chippenham, did a sponsored red nose hunt around Sainsbury’s yesterday.