Photo Gallery: Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft are seeing RED for this charity event!

Students at Benjamin Britten High join the British Heart Foundation's 'Rock up in Red Day'. Pictur

Students at Benjamin Britten High join the British Heart Foundation's 'Rock up in Red Day'. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Picture: Nick Butcher

THERE were scarlet T-shirts, crimson jerseys, and even a few ruby hats and ribbons on show.

Classrooms at a Lowestoft high school were transformed by 'a sea of red' as hundreds of pounds was collected to boost heart disease research and awareness as part of a national fund-raising campaign.

Rock up in red for BHF – that was the challenge last Friday, as schools and businesses showed their support for the British Heart Foundation to mark the start of National Heart Month.

At Benjamin Britten High, students and staff joined in the fund-raising by donning red football shirts, hats, scarves and stripy t-shirts. Teacher Jeraldine Poole even wore a red Where's Wally?-style outfit.

Amanda Pollard, the school's isolation officer, said: 'I'm really pleased and so happy to see everyone rocking up in red. I've thanked all the teachers for their support and all the hard work has paid off.

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'I am more than delighted that everyone has made such an effort... with one student really going to town with a hat, bow tie, shirt and trousers while Mrs Poole came in wearing a Where's Wally? outfit.'

Students donated £1 each to wear 'all the red they can' on the day, while all the staff donated £2.

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Mrs Pollard added: 'We have raised £926.59 so far and are very pleased to be handing this over to the British Heart Foundation – it's such a worthy cause.

'The children know that so many people have heart issues and we've been keen to help in any way we can. The staff have been amazing too.'

Among those wearing red were year seven students Rosemary James, Ella Cunningham and Maddy Lightfoot.

'We're pleased to be part of it all,' said Rosemary, 11.

Ella, also 11, added: 'It's great to raise money for such a worthy cause.'

Coronary heart disease kills an estimated one in six men and one in nine women in Suffolk – three times more than die from breast cancer – but the money raised on Friday will enable the British Heart Foundation to maintain its work seeking ways to prevent and treat those most at risk and raising public awareness.

Alex Mayer, the charity's fund-raising and volunteer manager, said: 'We've had a fantastic turnout across Norfolk and Suffolk for Rock up in Red.

'I have met scarlet sales assistants, ruby receptionists, crimson cooks and many more.

'The cash people raise here in Suffolk by rocking up in red will fund life saving research, heart failures nurses and equipment. So our heartfelt thanks goes to them for helping to give heart disease the boot.'

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