PUPILS at schools in South Tyneside were on red alert yesterday as the set about raising cash for charity.
Thousands took part in the annual Red Nose Day extravaganza.
Everyone at Hedworth Lane Primary School, in Boldon Colliery, was encouraged to wear red, and 200 red noses were sold.
Headteacher Tony Gill said: “Everyone went to town on it, with every single child involved.
“We sold 200 red noses in the lead-up to the day, and I’m sure we’ll sell 400 next year. We had an amazing response.
“It was a really nice day. Hopefully, we have been able to make a difference.”
It was a really nice day. Hopefully, we have been able to make a difference.
Staff and students at Boldon School combined lesson time with a week of fundraising activities.
Students at the school, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, hoped to raise £1,000 – but more than doubled their target with a haul of £2,500.
Louise Baty, faculty leader for PE and sport, said; “”We set ourselves a target of £1,000, and we managed to exceed this by Tuesday lunchtime.
“I am overwhelmed with the response of our students, parents and staff who so willingly gave up their free time to ensure the school was able to support this worthwhile charity.”
Westoe Crown Primary School, in Sea Winnings Way, South Shields, marked the charity occasion by arranging a number of activities, many of which involved inflatables being drafted in.
The school was visited by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, while 600 red noses were sold.
A spokeswoman said: “We worked with South Tyneside Sports and Leisure Department, and they brought in an inflatable slide and other inflatables.
“The children had a great day, and some of the teachers were worn out!”
Pupils at Whitburn Church of England Academy also got involved in the fundraising fun.
Year 11 pupil, Harry Turnbull, had his tight, curly hair straightened as part of the Rackly Way school’s efforts.
Pupils also donned fancy dress, took part in a karaoke competition and gunged their teachers.