In 1991 an estimated 13,500 schools took part, in 1993 the figure rose to 21,000. In 2001, 50,000 fund-raising packs were sent to 32,000 schools, reaching 10m pupils. In 2003 it was estimated that 70 per cent of primary schools and 60 per cent of secondary schools were involved.
Red Nose schools
* Whitehorse Manor Junior School, Thornton Heath, South London, raised money by holding a staff versus pupil basketball shoot-off and wearing red.
* Children at Pocklington Montessori School, East Riding, Yorkshire, created big hairdos for their teachers.
* Castle School, Taunton, Somerset, raised pound;2,000 by attempting a world record leap-frog with 480 students.
* Eighteen members of staff at Fairlands Middle School in Cheddar, Somerset, entered their own Big Brother House where they had to complete forfeits to get out. The last teacher left in the house was "gunged" in assembly.
* Birchgrove Comprehensive School, Swansea, held a teacher slave auction where the pupils "bought" a teacher who had to do as they were told.
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Facts and figures
* Two-thirds of UK adults give to charity.
* The total given in 2003 was pound;7.1bn.
* Women give more than men (70 per cent to 60 per cent).
* The average monthly donation is about pound;12.
* Street and door-to-door collections are the most popular ways of giving.
* The most popular causes are medical research, children and young people.
In 2003 nearly 17 per cent of donations came from direct debit and standing orders. Payroll giving, introduced in 1986, continues to grow.
About 60 per cent of the top 250 companies now have a scheme in operation.
In 200304 more than 500,000 million employees donated pound;91m through their payroll.