Red Nose Day in Exeter: Pictures and Videos
Exeter is gearing up for one the biggest Red Nose Days in history today, and not just because of the cold weather.
Generous Exonians have donned wacky outfits, sold cakes and attempted grueling challenges across the city and we want your pictures!
Thisisexeter.co.uk will be updating our site throughout the day with fundraising details and images.
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We have already had some great pictures sent in of trainee Commandoes and staff at a South West military base entering into the spirit. (See above)
Recruits at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Lympstone, near Exmouth, Devon, donned Red Noses in aid of Comic Relief.
The young Marines bought the noses to wear during one day of their tough training programme which included the challenging assault course high ropes (pictured) and boxing (pictured).
Comic Relief was launched from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985 with the aim of ending world poverty.
Send your pictures to echonews@ExpressandEcho.co.uk or tweet them to us at @expressandecho
Make sure to look out for your pictures on thisisexeter.co.uk later today and see how others have raised money for the charity.
List of Events across Exeter
Video: Exeter Uni parody of Teenage Kicks.
The Big Shave:
It is a big red nose day for Michael Harding who works at Ashfords, the solicitors, at Sowton. Mr. Harding, 72, was having his flowing locks and generous beard shaved off to raise money for Comic Relief. The big cut was due to be held this afternoon.
Mr Harding, an archivist, he has been growing his beard for over 40 years. Said a spokesman for the firm: “We are so pleased that Mike has taken the plunge and should anyone want to knit Mike a balaclava, in his own words, it would be much appreciated! A very brave gesture in aid of an equally worthy cause. Over £300 has been raised from this alone and we are hoping to add another couple of hundred from dress down day.”
Regus takes Duvet Days a step further for Comic Relief:
Customers and staff at Exeter Business Park’s Regus centre will be discarding their corporate suits this Friday in favour of more relaxed attire. To raise money for Comic Relief, they will come to work in their pyjamas and donate at the same time. Employers needn’t fear an unwelcome dip in productivity as the centre’s complimentary coffee will be flowing freely to stop people nodding off at their desks!
Steve Purdy, UK Managing Director at global workspace provider Regus comments: “It’s great to see the local centre getting into the spirit of Red Nose Day and raising money for this fantastic cause. Red Nose Day provides us with an ideal opportunity to reflect on those who are less fortunate than ourselves and to think about what we can do to help them.”
Royal Marines band raise money for comic relief
ROYAL Marines Band paraded around the Commando Training Centre in fancy dress to raise money for Comic Relief. 35 members of the Royal Marines band who are based at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone, Devon donned a variety of fancy dress outfits to march around the camp entertaining recruits and staff to raise money for Red Nose Day. The fancy dress theme was Heroes and Villains. They were led by Drum Major Gavin Moxworthy dressed as Spiderman. Other outfits on display included Lara Croft, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rambo, Zorro, Batman, Captain America and three Ninja Mutant Turtles.
Red noses all the rage at business breakfast
Diners donned red noses at the Michelmores Business Breakfast Club, raising over £150 for Comic Relief.
Special guest speaker was retired Judge Neil Butterfield, who presided over some of the region’s most notorious cases during his 40-year career on the bench.
The breakfast audience were also addressed by Tom Henderson, founder of Shelterbox, who introduced the work of his new charity Shelter for Humanity. The breakfast event also donated over £500 for Shelter for Humanity.
Chalk & Ward's Southernhay cupcake sale
Staff at advertising and PR agency Chalk & Ward raised £130 selling cupcakes in the city centre.
The cakes were baked by Ieuan Lovett, decorated by Sarah Meakins, Abby Millar and Daisy Raybold and sold throughout Southernhay by Stacy Hill.