Budding high flyers, Supermarket staff and customers have all backed a high profile appeal which is always good for a laugh.
Although money is still coming in, activities staged at the Nuneaton branch of Sainsbury’s have already amassed £1,484 for this year’s Red Nose Day.
The money came in via a number of ways including members of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC who raised a whopping £656.67 some 45% of the Nuneaton store’s current total by helping shoppers put away their groceries, while donning red noses and encouraging people to drop their spare change into red buckets.
They also took it in turns to clock up 130 miles on a static exercise bike in store.
Staff at the Vicarage Street-based store also joined in the action by holding everything from a ‘guess the sweets in a jar’ event to baking and a tombola in the run up to the big day.
A spokesperson for the store, which is an official partner of Red Nose Day said, “Members of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC did an excellent job offering to pack customers bags,”
“We also had an exercise bike in store, which was kindly loaned by Nuffield Health. Using the bike the squadron took it in turns to completed a 103 mile bike ride challenge during the day. This is the mileage from Sainsbury’s Nuneaton to our Head Office in Holborn, London"
“Members of staff also held various events leading up to Red Nose Day including a table top sale, guess the weight of the cake and guess how many sweets are in the jar.
“We would like to pass on our thanks to all of our customers for their generosity in supporting Red Nose Day, we are very grateful.
“As yet we don’t have a final total of the amount of cash raised, however we are hoping to have raised around the £2,000 mark.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, officer commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron added: “Nuneaton based Air Cadets answered the call to Do Something Funny for Money in aid of Red Nose Day 2013 by packing bags in Sainsbury’s Nuneaton.
“Determined to do their bit to help raise money for those less fortunate than themselves, our cadets have donned their Red Noses and helped shoppers to fly through the Sainsbury’s checkouts.”
“In 2011 our youngsters held a Red Nose Day Fancy Dress Quiz Night which raised £93. That was enough to buy vaccinations or mosquito nets for 18 children in Africa to help protect them against deadly diseases. Just think, using the same measure as last time, the £656.67 our cadets raised this year in Sainsbury’s could help to provide lifesaving vaccinations or mosquito nets for 131 children and that’s what I call a brilliant result.”
He added, “The wonderful thing about this is that the whole idea of doing Something Funny for Money in aid of Red Nose Day came from the cadets themselves, simply their way of showing that they care.”