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Peter is silent to help charity day

RED NOSE Day saw a Bognor Regis volunteer stay quiet for six hours.


Peter Williams, 75, staged his sponsored silence at the Laburnum Centre as part of its fundraising efforts for Comic Relief.


Popular Peter helps in its gym every day and raised about £130 for his uncharacteristic period without talking. His friend, Annie Gadd, said: “Peter is quite a prolific talker and this is an absolute miracle for him.


“He is the life and soul of the gym, where he helps out, and is always having a chit-chat to people. It’s been so quiet without him today.”


Peter’s monastic moment took the money raised at the Age UK West Sussex-run centre for the over 50s to  some £300 for the national appeal.


Volunteer Gemma Stimpson said: “Half of the proceeds from Comic Relief go to help elderly people. It’s nice to give something back to another charity.”


The centre’s knitting club members played their part in last Friday’s efforts by creating a mass of knitted woollen red noses.


Dozens of red-iced cakes were also baked in the kitchen of the centre in Sudley Road. Chef Jack Hurry also had his legs waxed by his boss, catering co-ordinator, Alison Chandler, for the good cause.


Last Friday was the first time the centre had taken part in Red Nose Day.

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