GALLERY: Red Nose Day fun in Milton Keynes

Tomato eaters at La Tasca
Tomato eaters at La Tasca

A host of Red Nose Day events took place throughout Milton Keynes last week.

On Friday, Comic Relief celebrated its 25th anniversary and a number of events took place in the city.

Eight-year-old Bianca Bartlett-Richards overcame her fears to take on Willen Lake’s Aerial Extreme course.

Mum Mandy said: “A few weeks ago she attempted Aerial Extreme at Willen Lake and she was very scared, so she said she wanted to do this for the children and raise money for them.

“She is doing a four meter high 17 obstacle event and a 13m sky jump.”

In all Bianca has raised £140 so far. People can still sponsor her at

At La Tasca in Xscape, staff members and diners took part in an incredible Man vs La Tomatina challenge to see how many tomatoes they could eat in one minute. Each participant donated £1 for the privilege of taking part.

Indian restaurant Verandah Talk, based in Wolverton, donated 50p from every main course sold on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to the charity.

Children at Cold Harbour CofE Primary School in Bletchley took part in a number of fundraising events.

Chief among them was a sponsored silence from the usually loud school caretaker between 8am and 3.15pm which raised more than £600.

Students at The Webber Independent School also showed their support for Red Nose Day by dressing in something red on Friday.

The school held an array of activities to raise money for Comic Relief, from cake and joke competitions to performing the Harlem Shake.

It also held an assembly where eight fabulous lycra and sequin clad teachers partnered up to perform their signature dance in a Webber Come Dancing style.

Principle Sue Vig said “It has been wonderful to be able to raise money for Comic Relief and getting both the students and teachers involved in a fun and exciting way.”

Youngsters at Kiddi Caru Milton Keynes Caldecotte Day Nursery raised awareness of Comic Relief.

Children in the pre-school room have been studying the life of a four-year-old child caled Ronkia. They looked into where she comes from and her culture, examined a photo book of her life and discussed what they saw in the pictures.

The children drew Ronkia pictures and created a new house for her, taking photos themselves of the nursery to create a book of where they are from.

Deputy nursery manager, Lucy Clarke, said: “It was great to see the children so involved and engaged in the activity, one child said “lets give her a sink like me, so she can brush her teeth.”

Kids from Deanshanger Primary raised more than £800 for Comic Relief.

The whole school paid £1 each to dress down for the day, while year four pupils baked and iced more than 400 cupcakes.

The cake sale made £270, while a giant red nose cupcake, baked by Gina Wooding, was auctioned for £153.

And children at Cold Harbour Pre-School in West Bletchley created a clowns face before using loose change to cover the nose and mouth.

They made £54 for Comic Relief.

Staff at Milton Keynes Parks Trust were busy baking to raise funds for Red Nose Day.

The environmentally friendly workers who look after the city’s green areas and public art, made delicious cakes, scones and dinose-saur cookies.

The Hungry House in Broughton held a ‘I’m a Celebrity – Let Me In’ event, including a Broughton Bush Tucker Trial.

The pub also held an iron-a-thon, face painting and a Mad March Hair contest.

Milton Keynes Bodilight offered tea and delicious cakes throughout the day.

Tea Monkey had Red Nose Day cakes on sale throughout the day, while Frosts Garden Centre at Woburn Sands used the power of pet piggies to raise £365 for the charity.

The centre’s micro-pigs were the main attraction on Friday, taking part in a ‘Pet a Pig’ for a £1 session.

Children and adults enjoyed petting the piglets as well as having photos to take away with them.

Cafe Rouge in The Hub offered a special Red Nose menu where a donation from each dish ordered went to the charity.

It also followed up a ‘School Kids’ night held last month – during which staff dressed up as naughty school children - with a PJs night at the restaurant on Friday.

All the staff dressed in their going to bed attire for the evening, with customers facing a ‘charity fine’ if they didn’t.

Elsewhere, Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands Golf Club held a fun golf competition to raise money.

The entry fee for the competition was £3, with a further £1 to purchase a red nose to wear while playing golf.

Other events took place within the club throughout the day, including a raffle.

And city MP Mark Lancaster join in the fun by wearing his Red Nose at his constituency visits.

Mr Lancaster said, “Comic Relief is a great charity and I was delighted to wear my Red Nose in support around Milton Keynes.”

On Thursday, staff at Cafe Rouge in Queens Court raised more than £100 at an 80s day.

And earlier last week, city daredevils raised cash for Comic Relief by hitting the slopes at SnoZone.

Talented freestyle skiers and snowboarders jumped, tapped, spun, and flipped their way over the giant Red Nose feature built especially for the fundraising event.

Thom Boddington, events manager at Snozone said: “We had great fun raising money for Red Nose Day.”

For every slope pass that was purchased on the night SnoZone donated £7.99 to Comic Relief.

Last Monday, residents from New Bradwell took part in a Knit, Natter & Stich event, cleverly named ‘Crochet Relief’.

In all they raised £78.02.

And on the same day, Sainsbury’s held a firewalking event at The Charlton House Club in Olney.

The supermarket’s store in Bletchley also raised £600 on the day, as part of Sainsbury’s total fundraising efforts of £15,000 across the region.

> Click here to see a picture gallery from Comic Relief.

Did you take part in a Red Nose Day event? Email and we’ll add you to the list