Slideshow: Leeds 2011 Comic Relief round up

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FORMER Corrie star Angela Griffin led the charge to give Leeds some Comic Relief as fundraisers across the region went red nose crazy.

Leeds lass Angela, the local Comic Relief champion, was at a presentation by Leeds-based Getaway Girls at Leeds City Museum.

Angela Griffin, patron of the Getaway Girls, has fun with 10 month old Taylor Brockbank and his mum Rachel Murphy. PIC: Steve Riding

Angela Griffin, patron of the Getaway Girls, has fun with 10 month old Taylor Brockbank and his mum Rachel Murphy. PIC: Steve Riding

The group supports vulnerable young women in Leeds aged 13-25 from disadvantaged communities andis one of many across the Leeds area that has had funding from Comic Relief.

Elsewhere more than 1,400 students at Rossett School, on Green Lane, Harrogate borrowed coffee bean sacks from Taylors of Harrogate for a huge sack race event.

John Lawton, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “Comic Relief is such an important cause and we wanted to do something fun that would capture the children’s imagination so we could raise as much money as possible.

“We are extremely grateful to Taylors, who have been incredibly supportive by helping us with our fundraising effort and letting us borrow the coffee sacks. And although the bags are no longer full of beans, the children certainly will be!”

Families also had the chance to take tea with the Mad Hatter in the tearoom of the Black Swan in Helmsley, which had been decked out like Wonderland with props and costumes.

Generous Jasmin-Sophia Chowdhury, aged just five of Temple Newsam Halton Primary School also pitched in, as she sold cakes and coffee to raise more than £325.

She said: “I know there are children my age who don’t have even some of the simple things in life and I just wanted to help them.”

And staff at Leeds Building Society took up a fundraising Badminton Challenge to see how many times they could hit a shuttlecock from one side of the court to the other without it hitting the ground. Their longest rally was 201 hits.

Grimes Dyke Primary in Swarcliffe spent the day clowning around, with children and staff dressing up for the day.

Emmerdale star James Thornton danced his way into the hearts of children at a youth project.

Fresh from his winning performance in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief last Saturday, actor James (John Barton in the ITV soap) joined 40 children and 20 volunteers at the Comic Relief funded Farfield Fun group at the Farsley Youth Development Project.

He took part in a table football session, decorated some biscuits and made some soaps.

James said: “This project really makes a real difference to these children’s lives, you can see it in their faces, and they have so much fun!”

Junior wardens in Cross Gates spent the week challenging Cross Gates school to raise over £300 for Red Nose Day by holding a basketball hoop-a-thon, Wii dance tournament and relay events.

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