THIS year’s Comic Relief raised a record £74.3m during the biennial telethon on Friday night.
But with cash still to come from thousands of groups across the UK – including dozens from right here in Ilkeston – that total is set to expand.
The town did more than its fair share for the nationwide fundraising drive, including leg waxings, pirate fun and a cake sale as just some of the activities on offer.
Three brave gents had various body parts waxed at The Needlemakers Arms, in Nottingham Road, on Friday night.
Alan Wing was given a hairless chest and son Kev had his armpits waxed – all by Alan’s wife Gail, of Studio Five Health and Beauty, in Heanor Road, beautician Sam Squires and landlady Amanda Hill.
Staff member Matt Cocking had his legs and stomach waxed and customer Tim Shanahan had a patch taken from each leg. With ticket sales for a comedy show by The Wallies, the pub raised more than £600.
The top amount raised was at Ilkeston School where there was fancy dress, a sponsored silence, a rock performance by teacher Mr Bolus about his pet ferret and car washing. They donated a whopping £1,200.
Granby Junior School, in Heanor Road, raised more than £300 through a cake sale and a ‘big hair day’, during which pupils were encouraged to wear giant wigs.
Headteacher Brian Allsop said: “It was a fantastic day. The children really enjoyed themselves.
“At the end of the day we had parents in the hall sharing scones.”
Kensington Junior School, in Nottingham Road, raised £415 through a non-uniform day with a pirate theme on Friday.
Pupils and teachers dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrows and were shown videos sent from Comic Relief to let them know where their donations would be spent.
Headteacher Lindsey Partridge said: “The children were really moved by some of the videos.
“Everyone got into the spirit of it – we even had the lunchtime staff in outfits.”
Staff at HSBC, in Bath Street, riased £80 through an in-store raffle and fancy dress day.
Chaucer Infants School held a ‘wear red on your head day’, featuring lots of colourful wigs and hats, raising £240.
And The Rocking Horse Nursery, in Heanor Road, raised £150 with more to come by creating a sticky picture of a Comic Relief nose in fancy dress.