‘School turns event into Red No Day’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 - by Kirsty Parkin

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.”

Comic Re­lief pic­ture spe­cial, see pages 34 and 35.

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Amy An­drews who was told by her school that she could not dress in py­ja­mas for Red Nose Day

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