Red Nose Day is upon us, with the great Leicestershire public once again pulling out all the stops to do something funny for money.
The fund-raising fun has been weeks in the planning to help Comic Relief transform the lives of disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.
Events being staged today include everything from Gangnam-style dancing at Shaftesbury Junior School, Westcotes, Leicester, to a fancy dress hospital bed push around Loughborough town centre.
Toddlers at Kiddycare Angels Nursery, based at Catherine Infants School, Belgrave, Leicester, got the ball rolling yesterday, with the help of city beauty queen Nima Patel.
Nursery co-ordinator Bhavna Shrimanker said: "We had kids and parents making fruit skewers, cakes and biscuits to sell on a stall for Comic Relief.
"Parents have also been sponsoring the youngsters to carry out small tasks at home, such as cleaning their rooms and tidying away books and toys for the charity appeal."
Nima, 22, from Knighton, Leicester, who is holder of the Miss Commonwealth Asia Pacific crown, was on hand to help children bake their cakes and talk to them about the significance of Red Nose Day.
She said: "I wanted to support the children and their Red Nose Day activities."
Bhavna said: "Nima was great with the children and we all had a lot of fun, too."
The nursery and infant school were hoping to raise further funds today by inviting people to pay to have their faces painted or hands and wrists decorated with henna mehndi art.
Elsewhere, hospital staff held a Great British Comic Relief Bake-off at Leicester Royal Infirmary yesterday, judged by Leicester's Holly Bell, who was runner-up in the 2011 BBC Great British Bake-off series.
Money was raised by selling them on a stall, with one hospital visitor paying £30 for a single cupcake.
First prize went to the student nurse team's Nazmeen Kazi and Emma Lister.
Holly, who lives in Leicester's West End, said: "It was an honour to be invited to the Comic Relief bake-off. The cakes all looked amazing!"
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