Concord

supports Comic Relief: Red Nose Day through ‘cross dressing’

Thursday March 25, 2021

Students and staff supported Comic Relief: Red Nose Day last Friday, through a comedic fundraiser, crossdressing – students as staff and vice-versa. And through the whole nation’s efforts of fundraising this year, Red Nose Day donations will help tackle important issues, such as homelessness, hunger, poverty, domestic abuse and mental health stigma in the UK and around the world, all of which have been further impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. As Comic Relief states on its website: “This year it’s never felt more important to have some fun and raise money to support people living incredibly tough lives.” At Concord, in addition to awareness and fundraising through the purchasing of Red Noses, students and staff could ‘cross dress’ for the day and contribute a donation for doing so. Pictures were submitted to the dedicated ‘Comic Relief Schools’ Twitter account too – to further raise awareness of this life-changing annual fundraiser. With staff members dressed as students and student dressed as staff, the college has raised over £300 so far and a further £230 from the sale of Red Noses, helping to promote Comic Relief’s ethos of ‘using the power of funny to turn laughs into lasting change.’ Said Concord’s Head of Marketing, Vanessa Hawkins who supported the student Outreach team with this year’s fundraiser to fellow staff and students: “Thank you all for your support on Friday! “The power of laughter was evident to see with staff and students dressing as each other, even Mr Hawkins came to work in jeans and a red nose. “We still have a small number of red noses left for those who still want to purchase them and no-one has yet found the rare gold edition nose! “And it’s not too late to donate either. You can support by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vanessa-hawkins7.” The UK total so far is an incredible £52,025,485! Speaking of the collective efforts, British stand-up comedian and Co-Founder of Comic Relief, Sir Lenny Henry CBE said: “The creativity that goes into helping people have a better life is extraordinary. Thank you all.”