Comic relief from around the area
Published on: 31 Mar 2015
TWO pals from Downend have proved that charity really does begin at home after holding a coffee morning for Comic Relief.
Hannah Pitman, 13, a pupil at Downend School, and Sophie Woodcock, 11, who attends The Ridings, raised £500 for the charity.
The girls went about transforming Hannah’s house in Christchurch Avenue with bunting and set out the delicious cupcakes, sponges and cookies they had baked with the help of their mums.
From 10am to 4pm on Saturday March 7, they welcomed friends and family to help them raise money for their favourite charity.
Hannah’s mum Jane said: “Our house was full of friends and family taking part in the event. The girls arranged a raffle, guess how many sweets in the jar, sealed bids for a lovely Body Shop hamper and guess the name of the teddy bear. Kettles were constantly on the go and lots of cakes were bought and eaten.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and took part in all the activities and for being very generous.
“The girls raised £412 on the day but after selling the remainder of the cakes at church on the Sunday and other friends donating money, the final total they raised was £501.
“They made a superb effort. We are very proud of them.”
Hannah and Sophie are no strangers to fundraising for Comic Relief. Last year they collected more than £300 after organising a cycle ride from Downend to Bath.
TWO Year 5 pupils at Bromley Heath Junior School organised their own clothes sale fundraiser for Comic Relief.
Daisy Brown, 10, and Ella Dowding, 9, held meetings with their head teacher and the head of the neighbouring infant school to request support and both agreed to sending out pleas for clothing and to hold them for collection.
Ella phoned the Sandringham pub, which kindly offered a space for their Saturday sale, opening earlier, and providing free tea and coffee.
The girls sorted through all the donated clothes, decided on pricing and admission charges and set-up and ran the sale themselves - including organising their younger sisters Kitty Rose and Amelie, both aged seven, to meet and greet people on arrival. Their mums, Adele and Nicky, sold cake and refreshments.
Nicky took the remaining clothes to the Fishponds ‘cash for clothes’ outlet to maximise the total - £106.75!Ella phoned through the donation to the Comic Relief show and both girls were thrilled to know the total during the show included their contribution.
Customers at Sainsbury’s in Emersons Green had to guess how many red balloons were inside a Renault Clio from SJ Cook in a competition to raise money for Comic Relief.
Students and staff at Bristol Metropolitan Academy were among those making their faces funny for money on Red Nose Day in aid of Comic Relief