Local hardware store’s 15th fancy dress fundraiser for Red Nose Day

14th March 2024

  • Staff at Ron Hayes & Son hardware store will be taking part in their 15th consecutive Red Nose Day fancy dress fundraiser

  • This year they will be dressing up as characters from Doctor Who with a full size Dalek and Tardis under construction for the fancy dress day on Friday 15 March

  • Money raised could help to put food on plates and roofs over heads, keep little ones safe and help support families affected by conflict and climate change

  • Red Nose Day returns on Friday 15 March

Thursday 14 March: For their 15th consecutive Comic Relief fundraiser, staff at Ron Hayes & Son hardware store in Addlestone will ditch the usual uniform for fancy dress in honour of Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March.

Ron Hayes and Son started fundraising for Comic Relief in 2009 when they hosted their first fancy dress day to raise funds for the charity. Since then, they have made it an annual tradition bringing a host of famous faces to the village through their creative ensembles, including The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, The Flintstones and Batman and Robin. Their fancy-dress antics have become the talk of the town with people popping into the shop in the lead up to Red Nose Day to make their suggestions and ask what the year’s theme will be.

Owner, Simon Hayes, 53, said: "I’ve always been a fan of Red Nose Day - Comic Relief supports so many great causes at home and abroad. We love being part of that, we couldn’t not, and now our customers really look forward to it every year.

"I think Del Boy was my favourite year, I made the full-size three-wheeler myself! My staff jokingly moan, but they love it really, we all do. Everyone coming into the shop talks about it. Over the last 15 years our Red Nose Day fundraiser has become a real community thing which is a real joy, we have some laughs and raise some money for a great cause."

This year will be one of their biggest efforts yet with Simon having already built a full-sized Dalek from wood and cardboard, and a Tardis is under construction. On Red Nose Day, Simon will be dressed as a Doctor Who from the Tom Baker era while other staff members will be dressed as Cybermen, and another will sit inside and operate the Dalek. Customers have already started making donations in anticipation of what promises to be an impressive day of fancy dress. There will also be collection buckets on the day and a JustGiving page is already live.

Samir Patel, CEO at Comic Relief, said: “Ron Hayes & Son have really pulled out all the stops this year and it’s wonderful to hear how the whole community supports their fundraising. I’d like to say the biggest thank you for 15 years of raising life changing funds for Red Nose Day, and 15 years of raising smiles in your community - this is exactly what Red Nose Day is all about."

Samir added: “The money raised by Red Nose Day will help people going through the toughest times in their lives, here in the UK and around the world. So, whether you get sponsored to do a challenge, buy a Red Nose, host a bake sale, or pick up the phone to donate, we are so thankful for everything you do."

Money raised for Red Nose Day could help to put food on plates and roofs over heads, keep little ones safe and help support families affected by conflict and climate change.

This year, Comic Relief is celebrating its heroic, change making fundraisers with The Nosey Awards. Featuring five categories, the awards are open to anyone that fundraised for Red Nose Day between 2021-2024. Entries close on 31 March. To enter visit www.comicrelief.com/noseys.

Red Nose Day returns on 15 March. To find out how you can get involved visit www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday(opens in new window).