Teacher reveals Red Nose badge

jpco-13-2-13 Sue Wickstead Comic Relief badge maker (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-13-2-13 Sue Wickstead Comic Relief badge maker (Pic by Jon Rigby)

A supply teacher who sells home-made badges for Comic Relief has revealed her latest design.

Sue Wickstead, of Furnace Green, has been creating the Red Nose Day badges for the past 27 years with her latest design becoming the 14th in her ever growing collection.

The tradition dates back to 1989 when Sue worked with the Bewbush Playbus, a community project which closed down in 2003.

It was while she was working with the playbus that she came up with the idea of creating the charitable designs.

She said: “There is something about Comic Relief.

“The reason I got involved in the first place was you do not have to resister, so there was no ulterior motive.

“I am pleased to have made badges for Red Nose Day so far so, even if it is in a small way, I am glad to continue the tradition.”

The mother-of-two has created the badges over the years in keeping with the designs of Comic Relief’s merchandise.

But this year she admitted the task was more difficult than most as there were so many nose designs to pick from.

She said: “This year with nine noses to pick it looked as if it might be a tricky task to think of the design, but the message on the ‘T’ shirt seemed to say it all ‘Be yourself.”

Sue creates every badge herself and personalises each one depending on the demand of the customer.

She has designed badges with custom names, dates and even jokes in the past.

“The personalised badges will go with any red nose gear and are easier to wear,” she added.

Every year Sue sets herself the target of creating 2,000 badges but has never quite managed to reach the total.

“I keep aiming to beat it, she said.

“One year I made close to 1,500 but not quite 2,000. I will keep trying because love it.”

Each badge will be sold for £1 and at least 75p from each will go to Comic Relief, with the rest going into the making costs.

To order Sue’s badges call 01293 516206 or email suewickstead@aol.com