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How Dorset is doing its bit for Comic Relief
8:23am Friday 15th March 2013 in Latest
FUNDRAISERS will wear red, take on challenges and do something funny for Comic Relief today.
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From fitness classes to a bit of pampering to dancing and baking, people will be doing their bit for Red Nose Day across Dorset.
Vera Gilbert will be baking and selling special Red Nose cakes over the weekend at the Stone Pier Cafe by Nothe Fort in Weymouth.
She said Comic Relief, which is now in its 25th year, started when her children were small.
She started doing events like a Red Nose Day soup kitchen and now makes the cakes.
At Weymouth College students at the hair and beauty salons will be offering free treatments today including mini-manicures, facials and hair styling for donations.
Staff will be doing a sponsored waxing, a dodge ball tournament and staff and students will be doing a sponsored version of the internet dance craze the Harlem Shake.
Laura Culshaw, from the college, said everyone was really looking forward to the event.
She said: “The students are very excited about raising lots of money for Comic Relief.”
The King’s Arms in Portesham today hosts a cake and pastry sale from 9.30am-5pm.
Weymouth fitness coach Andy Sloan, of Afterburn Fitness Camps, will be hosting a Fitness For a Cause workout on Sunday.
Mr Sloan said: “Comic Relief is another great cause and I’m really pleased to be putting on this workout.”
The event will take place at Weymouth College’s Fitness For Life Sports Centre at 9am and is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Register at after burnfitnesscamps.com/FFC.
Tomorrow, four Weymouth siblings are holding a table-top sale for the charity.
Grace Usher, eight, is inviting residents and friends to the event at the Frank Reynolds Community Centre, in Broadwey, from noon-3pm. She will be selling toys, goods and bric-a-brac on a stall with siblings Joseph and Martha, four, and three-yearold Ivy Usher.
Mum Tina said the youngsters had used their own pocket money to run the event.
Also tomorrow there will be a fundraiser at St Nicholas Church, in Buxton Road, from 1pm to 4pm.
There will be messy games, coffee, cake, magicians, clowns and a chance to throw jelly at the vicar.
Staff at Tesco Express, on Lanehouse Rocks Road, will today wash customers’ cars between 10am and 4pm in return for a donation.
Shoppers can also help the cause at Rieker’s Shoe Shop in Weymouth today, where homemade cakes and tea will be on sale for 50p.
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Big TV event tonight
SOME of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment will be appearing on Comic Relief tonight on BBC One.
James Corden, Will Ferrell, Hugh Grant, David Walliams will be among the stars appearing.
The stellar cast of presenters includes Michael McIntyre, Rob Brydon, John Bishop, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Jack Whitehall, Nick Grimshaw, Jonathan Ross, Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman, Alan Carr, David Walliams and Russell Brand. Highlights are set to include a comedy special of Call the Midwife as well as episodes of the Vicar of Dibley, Comic Relief does MasterChef and there will be the return of David Brent.
There will also be a performance from One Direction.