Comic Relief, otherwise known as Red Nose Day, was founded in 1985 and continues to be one of two high-profile charity telethon events in the UK each year. Red Nose Day was created in response to famine in Ethiopia and continue to raise much needed funds to help tackle poverty and injustice in the UK and in Africa.
In 2017, Red Nose Day will be held on Friday 24th March and is a perfect time for your PTA to support a well-loved and important charity.
Here are some of the inspiring ways in which our members and other PTAs across the globe have chosen to raise money for Comic Relief over the years.
Dress-up days are like marmite with many parents, some love it and some absolutely hate it. Many schools and PTAs choose quite broad themes so that parents don’t have to rush out and spend a fortune on pre-made fancy dress, and quite honestly, some of the best costumes we’ve seen have been lovingly (or stressfully!) made by hand. Our members have shared heaps of “dress up and donate” ideas with us, from ‘wear your own clothes’ days to themed fancy dress. Here’s a few of our favourites.
Why not ask everyone to become fundraising heroes for the day, by dressing up as their favourite superhero? This is usually a popular option as many parents already have costumes, and for those that don’t, masks and capes can be made easily and on a budget.
Risca Primary School asked children to dress up as their favourite red nose:
Red Nose Day Friday 24th March & we are asking the children to dress up as their favourite red nose & donate £1.Have a think over half term— Risca Primary School (@Riscaprimary) February 16, 2017
The PE department at Aldworth School definitely got into the spirit:
Or keep it simple, and just ask everyone to wear something red, just like St Helen’s Primary School in Swansea.
Do something different from dressing up, and take a leaf out of Edenham CofE school’s book. Ask children (and staff) to come to school with crazy hair!
A quiz night is a great option for the grown-ups at your school. Whether it is for staff, parents/carers or both, it is also an ideal opportunity for your PTA to introduce itself to a whole pool of potential volunteers.
Make up your own quizzes, or there are plenty available to buy online. Charge per person or per team, and quickly raise a decent amount for Comic Relief. Provide snacks and drinks, or allow people to bring their own to keep your overheads down.
St David’s PTA held a very successful and popular quiz night for Red Nose Day:
Reminder! Friday the 13th is the Jr. Red Nose Day Quiz night! Get your tickets in to the PTA by Tomorrow the 9th! Pop Star fancy dress!— St David's PTA (@StDavidsPTA) March 8, 2015
Sell Red Noses
Selling Red Noses yourself is a super-simple way to raise money for Comic Relief and ideal if you are short on man/woman-hours. You could even ask more responsible students to sell them during break or lunch. Viewlands Primary School managed to sell out an amazing 400 red noses in just three days:
Friends of Priorslee also sold red noses with great success:
We know we talk about Bake Sales a lot, but they really are an awesome and
popular way to raise money for pretty much any cause. Plus, they have virtually
zero outlay as you can ask your volunteers and other parents to contribute their
Pennard Primary in Swansea:
If you are a secondary/high school, you could incorporate baking for Red Nose Day into your food tech lessons like Woodbrook Vale school:
Some beautiful cakes made for the bake sale at Telferscot Primary:
Holmwood House Prep raised an incredible £540.62 in a Comic Relief Bake
Sponsored events are awesome for raising some much-needed funds, whether they are for your school or for a chosen charity. Sponsorship forms can be designed simply on the computer, and there is no end of activities to choose from.
Newminster Middle School are holding sponsored dances for
Comic Relief 2017:
Students at Wallace High in Northern Ireland completed a fancy dress sponsored mile around the school grounds:
And Husen at Stockland Green School raised £79 by doing a whole school sponsored silence:
To find out more about how your school can support Comic Relief in 2017, check out the school’s section of the Red Nose Day website here.
For more fundraising inspiration, pop over to our Pinterest page and check out our fundraising ideas board.
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