Waxing, cross-dressing and mammoth sporting challenges were all on the cards today when hundreds of Kirklees people pushed themselves to their limits for Sport Relief.
Schoolchildren and workers helped raise thousands of pounds for the cause by taking part in sponsored events as part of a nationwide effort to beat the £50.4m raised by the two day biennial charity event two years ago.
King James School in Almondbury gave one of the area’s biggest donations of £1,500 thanks to hosting a gruelling 6.5 hour football marathon and fun run.
A total of 24 pupils took part in the back-to-back 6-a-side matches while every child donned their best fancy dress outfit to complete a sponsored mile course.
The day was certainly one to remember for 15-year-old pupil Marcus Wade who flaunted the new girl’s netball team kit after classmates raised £50 in one hour to make him wear it.
And at nearby Almondbury High School all year seven and eight pupils donned their goggles to swim a team mile as part of fundraising efforts, which also saw maths teacher, Martin Milner have his hair straightened by Year 10 pupils Chloe Gelder and Lucy Glowiak.
Over at Shelley College £600 was raised after sixth form children dressed up as their favourite sports star and took part in other events.
Meanwhile four Huddersfield Market Street Sainsbury’s employees got a whole new look, after they said goodbye to their leg hair in a sponsored public wax.
Store manager Mick Hepworth, regional support Dave Gee and team leaders Keith Astin and Oliver Lawton grinned and bore it to help collect donations from amused shoppers.
Mick said: “It was quite painful and the itch has started but it’s worth it for charity. The public have been really generous so far.”
Two staff members were also stationed outside the store as they attempted to cycle the distance from London to Paris for the charity while dancers put on a show at the Shorehead store.
Toddlers and primary kids were also keen to get in on the action to raise money for Sports Relief, which gives money through comic relief to help give young people a better start in life at home and abroad.
Eighteen children from Barnaby’s nursery in Sheffield Road, New Mill, played sheep for the day as they dressed up to take part in an outdoors track race, which raised over £300.
And at Dryclough C of E Infant School 400 children took to the field for a dance and sing event, to raise £200.
Hollybank Trust children in Mirfield put in a great team effort after 20 attempted to walk or swim 60 lengths of the centre’s hydrotherapy pool.
Brighouse Ladies & Girls Rugby League teams joined forces to put on a dress up training session, which saw Superwoman take on a Smurf and Luigi.
Thousands of events will be held up and down the country this weekend, which includes the BBC’s telethon show and a celebrity sports challenge at the Olympic Park.
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