Schools and businesses rally round for Red Nose Day
Friday 24th March 2017 @ 15:44 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside

KEEPING QUIET: Staff at Sainsbury’s in Ashton have held a sponsored silence.

Tamesiders have been donning their red noses with pride for this year’s Comic Relief.

Dozens of schools and numerous businesses across the borough have all been rallying round to boost funds.

Sainsbury’s and TK Maxx are traditional key sponsors and at Sainsbury’s Ashton Moss all the staff have been in full comic mode.

Deputy manager Sue Hampshire told us: “We’ve had a sponsored silence, cake sales, raffles, and more.”

There was a spring fair and guess the name of the Teddy, with staff all in fancy dress.

Sue added that staff had come up with the idea of holding the sponsored silence.

“The staff involved have all volunteered for the silence to be quiet for four hours, which is a bit of a miracle as they can’t usually stop talking,” she quipped.

Sainsbury’s has supported Comic Relief since 1999 and has raised more than £100 million for the charity to date.

Dave Howarth, store manager at Sainsbury’s Ashton Moss, said: “Our colleagues love getting involved with Red Nose Day fundraising and we’re all really proud to support such a great cause.”

FANCY THAT: Staff at TK Maxx in Denton dressed the part.

Meanwhile store manager at TK Maxx in Denton, Keeley Griffin, told us what staff had been up to and why she thought comic relief is so worthwhile supporting.

“We have all dressed in fancy dress today but we’ve also had a quiz night and an outdoor cinema to raise extra funds.

“I think there’s a misconception that all the money from Comic Relief goes to other countries but a massive amount stays in the UK, helping the elderly, those with dementia and also getting kids back on the right track, so it’s a really worthwhile cause.”

Youngsters at St James’ in Hattersley have been busy raising funds too.