Falkirk gears up for Comic Relief

Staff and pupils at Braes High dressed up as pirates for Comic Relief
Staff and pupils at Braes High dressed up as pirates for Comic Relief

BRAES High was swarming with pirates this week ... but it was all in a good cause.

Staff and pupils at the school were dressing up as ruthless buccaneers as part of a series of activities to raise money for Comic Relief.

The charity campaign culminates on Friday with Red Nose Day, with pupils across the district set to stage their own fun events.

Braes High teacher Heather Stevenson, who has organised her school’s campaign, said: “One of the things we teach is the importance of working for the community.

“Comic Relief provides a great opportunity for kids to get out there and make a difference.

“All school years are involved and we’re hopeful we can raise a good sum this year.

“Kids are quite savvy – they know all about Comic Relief and where the money they help raise goes. We’ve also been holding assemblies to let them know about the real difference it makes.”

Comic Relief was established in 1985 by scriptwriters Richard Curtis and Alexander Mendis in response to the famine in Ethiopia.

Every single pound it raises is spent on charitable projects – operating costs such as staff salaries are covered by corporate sponsors.

The 2009 Comic Relief campaign raised more than £80 million for projects in both Africa and the UK.