Teries get into the Comic Relief spirit with walk fund-raiser and pirate day

Sasha Baillie
Sasha Baillie

RED Nose Day’s money pot is almost £500 better off thanks to the efforts of Teries both young and old.

Comic Relief Day was celebrated by residents and staff of the Buccleuch Care Home with a fun-filled pirate-themed day which not only saw nurses, carers and support staff pay a donation to trade in their uniforms for full pirate regalia, but also a sing-along, raffle and sweepstake.

The national fund-raising day was also the focus of St Margaret’s Primary School pupil Sasha Baillie’s sterling effort after completing a 12-mile sponsored walk to climb Skelfhill – in the snow.

Mum Karen told the Hawick News: “Sasha and her dad had been speaking about doing a walk and then decided it should be for charity. It was on the snowy Saturday before Red Nose Day and it took her six hours to complete, but she didn’t complain.”

Ten-year old Sasha expects to have raised over £320, while Buccleuch Care Home has brought in just under £150.

Home manager Patrick Adams, who was also forced to walk the plank while sponges and water were thrown at him, said: “Our residents and staff all had such a fantastic day, with lots of fun and laughter. I think we have all achieved what we set out to do in doing something funny for money.”

In the week leading up to Comic Relief the Bright Street home also ran a Pick-a-Pose sweepstake, which proved so popular it was held twice. And the fun is expected to continue with each unit currently growing their own Comic Relief-branded tomatoes.

Mr Adams added: “We have been delighted to have been a part of this year’s appeal”.