In 1985 Comic Relief was initiated from a refugee camp in Sudan live on BBC 1 on Christmas day, and is now at work in 70 countries around the world. The idea was Comic Relief would select a bunch of much-loved British comedians to make the public laugh while they raised money. On the first red nose day it raised a massive £15million.
This year, many television shows have been infiltrated by Comic Relief including Great British Menu, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and the Great British Bake Off with well-known celebrities as the participants. Within the competitors were Olympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, comedian Jo Brand and Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan.
Preston Lodge High School has been busy lately with a week packed with comic relief fundraising events. The S1-S6 charity committee planned the fun packed week, which included red noses and cakes for sale, a bake off, a sweepstake competition for every year group, soak the teachers in the stocks, a red rave and a dress down day in red.
Meanwhile, in Cockenzie, local Preston Lodge S1 students Katie & Rowan have done their bit for the charity by hosting their very own bake sale in the local pub’s lounge. On the 9th and 10th of March they presented a selection of treats including rocky road squares, truffles, and a variety of cupcakes for the community to purchase in aid of Comic Relief. All together they raised an outstanding total of £165.
By Katie and Rowan