Red Nose Day at forward2me

Is your laughing gear ready for take-off?

If you’re sitting in a bath of baked beans whilst reading this, good on you. If you can’t speak because you’ve taken a vow of silence for sponsorship, just give us a wave. If you’re sticky from baking comedy cakes (or full from eating them), shake someone’s hand. If you’re wearing fancy dress in the office, do a shimmy. Honk your red nose if you’ve got one...

It’s Red Nose Day on the 15th of March and millions of people in the UK are doing funny, outrageous and even courageous things to raise money.

In the 25 years that Comic Relief has been running, it has raised over £800 million pounds for projects in Africa, India and the UK. Many people now have clean water, access to healthcare and education thanks to Red Nose Day and Comic Relief. Children living with abuse, working as carers, living with mental health and other issues in the UK have also received help from Comic Relief thanks to the generosity of the public and the madness of their endeavours.

Have you been raising money or have you sponsored someone? There are many ways you can help. Here at forward2me, we’ve been baking Comic Relief cakes and have also been donating £1 for every facebook ‘like’ received until the 15th of March.

Here are some fundraising ideas from the Red Nose Day website:

Hold a karaoke night and charge people to enter (or pay them not to sing???)
Hold a bring and buy sale
Sell all your old clutter and donate the money
Sell a service - manicures, breakfast in bed, car cleaning or even be a slave for a day
Hold an old-school sports day
Get sponsorship to paint your face – the highest sponsor chooses the design
Get sponsored to only eat red food for a week
Give up a luxury – the phone, the iPad, the games console, chocolate... and get sponsorship

My personal favourite is a red nose cake stall selling goodies for charity. This recipe is one for glace cherry muffins – it’s really easy and very popular:

Red Nose Cherry Muffins
250g plain flour
3 teaspoons (15ml) baking powder
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) salt
85g white granulated sugar
1 egg
240ml milk
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) vanilla or almond essence
90ml corn oil or 85g melted butter
1. Prepare muffin tins with liners or grease. Preheat oven to 375-400 degrees fahrenheit (190-200 degrees centigrade), Gas Mark 5-6.
2. In a large bowl, sift together (or stir well with a fork): flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the sugar and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk, followed by oil/melted butter.
4. Add 110g of glace cherries (usually chopped, but for Red Nose Day, I’d leave them whole) to the wet mixture along.
5. Pour all of liquid ingredients into dry mixture. Stir until just combined. The batter will be lumpy, but no dry flour should be visible.
6. Fill muffin cups ¾ full, or to the top for larger muffins. Bake for 20-25 mins until the tops are lightly browned and spring back when pressed gently. Allow muffins to cool for several minutes to make removal easier. Best served warm.

This recipe came (with a few amendments) from Muffins, Fast and Fantastic by Susan Reimer, a book that is probably the most popular cookbook in our house...

Give it a whirl, see how much you can raise. Every little helps so why not do something funny for money?