Every two years I have joined in by making badges for Comic Relief.
Comic Relief Badges
I’ve been watching the adverts for Red Nose Day with Romesh Ranganathan and I wondered what, if anything, I could do.
For me it has been a tradition.
Soon families joined in too, ordering badges for brothers, sisters, mums, dads and grandparents.
Can you make some for my work place?
Of course join in if you can.
A badge is easier to wear and keep on than a nose (but of course you can have a nose too!)
So I ended up making badges for the Post Office; Bank; Hospital Nurses; Care Homes; other local schools and pre-school groups.
Anyone who asked.
Every evening after school the badges were written, made and ready to deliver.
I’ve made a different ‘Red Nose Badge’ every year since the beginning and once made thousands in the school I worked in.
Here is the badge for 2021
Badges to Number 10
In 2015 I was invited to number 10 downing Street as a thank you.
I think I should have had a few ‘David’ badges as I could have given them out to the three amigos.
David Walliams read his story book (The Queens Orangutan); David Tennant listened politely to my comic relief connections and David Cameron shot past on his way back from parliament.
No-body expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Since that date my badge making has been on a much lower key.
But what about 2019?
I couldn’t remember if I had done any that year! My supply teaching and book journey was now more about author days.
What about 2021?
I’ve been thinking about it and decided even if just me I must continue.
I had to come up with an idea for this year’s badge.
My daughter was joking with her dad about his ‘Lockdown Hair’ and it reminded me of the Tommy Cooper Red nose Day ‘T-shirt.
With a bit of tweaking, I came up with a new design.
I think wearing a badge this year will be easier to wear than a mask, don’t you?
There seem to be a few ladybird noses so I added that too.
Would I be able to continue without the school contact I wondered?
But I have, and I am, I'm so pleased to be able to support even in my own little way.
It doesn’t matter how many I make, for me it is more about keeping the tradition going and raising money for a worthy cause.
What will you do to support?
Sing a song? Wear a badge or a nose?
You can get your own personalised badge from my shop.
If you ever remember the Playbus badges or have a badge let me know.
It was a project I loved.
Badges and books, visit my shop.
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Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!