‘School turns event into Red No Day’
A TEENAGER was forbidden by her school to wear pyjamas on Red Nose Day to raise money for charity.
Amy Andrews, 15, of Covert, Singleton, had collected £40 in sponsorship from friends, family and even teachers.
But the day before Red Nose Day, senior staff at Christ Church High School ruled she would not be allowed to carry out the charity stunt.
Mum Jill Fill, 36, said: “At first she wanted to have her head shaved but they said no so she went with the pyjama idea.
“They then said no to that too, saying Red Nose Day is a school event and she could just wear red like everyone else and pay £2 for the privilege. Last year they were allowed to spray their hair red and she did.
“I was very proud that she wanted to do it and we all backed her and sponsored her.
“She was very upset because it was something she really wanted to do and had sent off for the proper sponsorship forms and fund-raising pack.”
The school, in Millbank Road, raised more than £1,000 for Comic Relief.
Head teacher Catherine Barber said: “The school supports a number of charity events during the year.
“For such events the school has to ensure the activities are appropriate and in the best interests of all students.”
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Amy Andrews who was told by her school that she could not dress in pyjamas for Red Nose Day