Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #Charity – Red Nose Day 2021 by Sue Wickstead

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 and on occasion I might dip into months either side to share gems. Submissions are now closed but there will be another series in January 2022.

This is the first post from children’s author Sue Wickstead and shares her annual tribute and contribution to the fund raising Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day 2021

Red nose Day Badges

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.

It started with badges for the children in school and applying it to our maths lessons. collecting data etc.Red Nose Day Fun

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.

And of course, there was the Spanish Inquisition! The Spanish Inquisition

No-body expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Since that date my badge making has been on a much lower key.

Badges 2017

In 2017, together with a little village school in Balcombe I was able to continue the tradition and made a few cats and dogs.

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.

But then my friends reminded me of the rabbit badge. Of course, it was rabbits, but the rabbits didn’t breed that year and I only made a few badges.

What about 2021?

Would I continue under these lockdown circumstances?

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.

So Okay here it is my badge for 2021!

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.

So far, I’ve made a few for my family and even a few friends.

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?

Books and badges are available from the following:  My Books

©Sue Wickstead 2021

About Sue Wickstead

Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author with Award winning books.
Shortlisted in the Wishing Shelf Book awards. and has written children’s picture books with a bus theme. In addition, she has also written a photographic history book about the real bus behind her story writing.

Her bus stories are about a playbus. Have you ever been on a Playbus?
When Sue’s two children were young, they attended a playgroup on a bus, but not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a Playbus stuffed full of toys to capture their imagination!

For over 20 years, alongside her teaching career, she worked with the charity, the Bewbush Playbus Association.

As part of the committee she painted the bus, worked in the groups, helped raise the profile of the project and its work and was part of the team involved in raising funds to replace the old bus with a newer vehicle. This led her to write a photographic history book about it.

‘It really was a fun journey to be involved in’, said Sue. The bus really got into her blood and became a work of the heart.

Having written the history book Sue soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. So, she decided to write a fictional tale, his number plate JJK261, gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original project and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continues.

A small selection of books by Sue Wickstead

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – More reviews: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Sue Wickstead – Facebook: Stories Sue – Facebook: Teacher Page – Twitter: @JayJayBus – LinkedIn: Sue Wickstead

27 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #Charity – Red Nose Day 2021 by Sue Wickstead

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