On Friday 24th March, local MP Phil Wilson embraced the spirit of Comic Relief by shedding his standard suit and instead sported a bright red one in aide of Red Nose Day. Mr Wilson hoped that by stepping out in a shining red suit, he could raise money and awareness for the cause. He asked MP’s, Labour Party members, and members of the public to sponsor him, and in return promised to spend his working day attending meetings and visits wearing a red suit.
Red suit on, the first visit of the day was to Sugar Hill Primary School in Newton Aycliffe, where children participated in a disco at Breakfast Club, decorating cakes, making jam tarts as well as singing the Red Nose song to Mr Wilson, who spoke to children about the importance of events like Comic Relief during an assembly. With all the activities for both Comic relief, and Water Aid earlier in the week, Sugar Hill Primary raised a whopping £632.06.
From Sugar Hill, Mr Wilson popped into his constituency office where he met Newtonian Vince Crosby, before heading on to Sedgefield Hardwick Primary, where the school had a big treat in store for the red suited MP. Throughout the week, children at the school had been participating in a comedy competition, and on Friday the two winning performances from each year group performed for Mr Wilson. There were jokes galore from children of all ages, many of whom are destined for the stage!
The winning act from each year group then got to pick their favourite teacher, to give ‘treat’ to. The ‘treats’ ranged from a bucket of custard to a bucket of ice being poured over the teachers head, by very excited children. The school however, not wanting to leave Mr Wilson out, also had a surprise in store for him, in the shape of a lovely cream pie! Which student Kristen Lumsdon thoroughly enjoyed splatting in Mr Wilson’s face!
Whilst the red suit may not have escaped unscathed from the cream pie, lots of money was raised for Comic Relief at both schools and well as through Mr Wilson’s sponsorship.
Reflecting on the day, Phil Wilson said; ‘I had great fun, and I would like to extend a huge thank you to both Sedgefield Hardwick and Sugar Hill primary schools. It was great to see children so actively engaged with Comic Relief. I would also like to thank everyone who was kind enough to sponsor me by donating money to this cause. As for the red suit, I can’t promise it will make a reappearance, I’m not sure it quite survived the cream pie!’