Red Nose Day: Doing something funny for money?

Ian Browne has his head shaved by Jason Reed at JTR Collections Ltd for Red Nose Day 2011
Ian Browne has his head shaved by Jason Reed at JTR Collections Ltd for Red Nose Day 2011

It’s the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day and, with organisers claiming it will be the biggest and best yet, we want to hear about your big-hearted fundraising efforts.

If you are doing a sponsored run, swim, something wacky or extravagant, or anything in between, then please get in contact with us to tell us your stories.

Red Nose Day will celebrate a quarter of a century of fundraising on Friday, March 15, and has raised more than £800m for causes in the UK and Africa so far.

Our readers have done their bit in the colossal fundraising efforts too, raising much-needed cash over the years.

In 2011 Corby residents Cliff Morton and Mick Willey stepped away from the usual bath of beans, and did something rather different to raise money for the charity. The duo, in full costume, recreated the Batman and Robin scene from Only Fools and Horses outside the Corby Cube in their bid to raise cash for Red Nose Day.

In that same year you might have found you were talking to someone a little closer to home when you picked up the phone to make a donation.

Electronics company RS Components in Corby was chosen to be an official call centre, with a total of 150 staff at the centre giving up their time to man the phones.

Watch Tresham College students doing their version of the Harlem Shake for Red Nose Day here.

This year, Canoe2 is asking people to jump on board on Red Nose Day by sending 20 canoes on a 10-mile challenge along the River Nene, through East Northamptonshire.

The company is looking for 40 people to join in with its Pirate Paddle.

Ian Blackwell, director of Canoe2, said: “A good pirate costume may well be necessary, but experience is not. If you’re a bit of a Jack Sparrow or Elizabeth Swann, that’s great, but Captain Pugwash is equally welcome, so give us a call and come join the fun.”

Training will be given and canoes provided, but people need to raise at least £100 to enter. For more information call Canoe2 on 01604 832115 or email

Don’t forget, we want to hear about your fundraising efforts so please contact our newsdesk and a reporter will talk to you about your bid to raise cash for charity.

We want to hear about your Red Nose Day fundraising efforts this year, and we can be contacted in a variety of different ways.

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