Bake off is a Comic Relief hit

The Miller Parris team on Red Nose Day on Friday SUS-150317-095653001
The Miller Parris team on Red Nose Day on Friday SUS-150317-095653001
  • Firms around the area celebrate Red Nose Day

BUSINESSES across the Herald and Gazette area did something funny for money on Friday to raise funds for Comic Relief.

Miller Parris, a Worthing solicitors, hosted its very own ‘Great British Bake Off’, with staff cooking their signature treats to sell to their colleagues.

Judges awarded first, second and third prizes before the bakes were sold.

Organiser Janet Richardson said: “We held a bake off last year and it was really successful.

“This year, we doubled our efforts and have more than doubled the amount we were able to donate as a firm to such a worthwhile charity.”

The Miller Parris team also held an eBay-style auction of donated goods, along with an Easter egg hunt, count the jelly beans in the jar and a spot the ball competition.

Partner Mike Metters said: “It was great to see the staff coming together to support Red Nose Day, especially with the amount of organisation involved.

“We’re sure everyone had a great fun day with the added bonus of raising around £800 for Comic Relief.”

Bake sales were a popular fundraising tool across the area, with Specsavers in Worthing raising £850 by holding one, as well as having staff stand outside and have pies thrown at their faces.

Bennett Griffin, also in Worthing, dressed up as characters relating to the letter ‘C’, with Cleopatra and cycling stars among the fancy dress.

Harris and Hoole café in Shoreham donated staff tips for the day to the cause, also selling fake moustaches for £1 each.

Comic Relief started in 1985, having raised over £1 billion in its time on air.

Its focus is on poverty around the world, campaigning to raise money in an evening of entertainment. The event is held every two years, with comedians and TV personalities coming together to raise money.

Sport Relief, later in the year, also raises money for a similar cause.

Friday’s event saw a record-breaking figure raised – nearly £80 million – including more than £11 million raised by Sainsbury’s stores across the country.