SLIDESHOW: Thousands raised for Comic Relief across Mansfield and Ashfield

PEOPLE from across Mansfield and Ashfield wore fancy dress, baked cakes and wore red noses as they got behind this year’s Comic Relief fundraising drive.

Youngsters at Kirkby’s Kingsway Primary School left their school uniforms at home and wore an array of colourful costumes.

Pupils from the Jeffries School are joined by Gloria De Piero, MP for Ashfield, at their Red Nose fundraiser last Friday.

Pupils from the Jeffries School are joined by Gloria De Piero, MP for Ashfield, at their Red Nose fundraiser last Friday.

They also enjoyed a host of different activities organised by students from Nottingham Trent University, who are currently on placement at the school.

Elsie Wilkinson, who is office manager at the school, said: “They all paid 50p to come in different outfits. They also decorated biscuits and had a penalty shootout.

“One of the parents made a dinosaur cake and raffled it off and we also had a colouring competition.

“Some of the older children did a sponsored silence - we had a really busy day.”

The area’s politicians also got involved in the fun, with Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero paying a visit to Jeffries Primary School in Kirkby and Mansfield Executive Mayor Tony Egginton got his groove on at a Zumba session with staff from Sainsbury’s in Mansfield.

There were also a host of cake sales, including one held by the Chad team at our Newgate Lane office and another organised by staff at the Royal Bank of Scotland, while some people even had their heads shaved for the cause. Meanwhile, kind-hearted folk from around the UK helped to raise a total of £175,107,851 for this year’s Red Nose Day, which wass fronted by TV funnyman Lenny Henry.