Laughter is the best medicine and after the year we've all had, Red Nose Day is all the more reason to celebrate.

For many years, residents have celebrated the fun-filled day to raise money for a very worthy cause.

Red Nose Day raises money for people and families that need extra support with things like their mental health, homelessness or other difficult situations.

This year, money raised from Comic Relief will also go to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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So with it being such a special day, the News has taken a look at five ways our local communities has celebrated Red Nose Day.

Hot sauce challenge

In 2019, Alexander Mann Solutions in Bracknell wanted to do their bit to take part in the nationwide charity event.

Staff took part in their own funny challenge for comic relief by dipping seven chicken nuggets in increasing levels of spicy hot sauce.

For every £1 donated to each person, meant one minute after the challenge, where the participant couldn't drink any milk or water.

People also bought in red nose day themed cupcakes for their bake sale, in total managing to raise £205.91.

'Exercising their funny bones'

Eden Girls’ School in Slough managed to raise £1,543 for the Comic Relief appeal in 2019 by taking part in sponsored games of hockey, Twister and a penalty shoot-out.

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Karim Murcia, Principal of Eden Girls’ School, Slough, said: “The pupils have really been exercising their funny bones today for Comic Relief and I’m very proud of them for raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Sainsbury's staff cycle for Comic Relief

For Comic Relief 2017, the dedicated team at the Friar Street supermarket in Reading decided to take on an epic cycling challenge outside the entrance to the shop.

The staff peddled for charity all day in an effort to raise funds for a worthy cause, taking turns in 'half an hour stints'.

Special bake off!

Caversham Primary school pupils had a jam packed day celebrating comic relief in 2017 by raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Students baked cakes which were judged at the start of the day before being sold out at break time.

The competition was sub-divided into three categories; Most Beautiful, Most Creative and Most Tasteful.

The winners were: Liliana and Charlie Orywal-Sykes (Most Beautiful), Eleanor Salmon (Most Creative) and Annabelle Lam (Most Tasteful).

Cycling 3,500 miles across France to give children a 'flying start'

Back in 2019, a British Airways baggage handler from Langley decided to hop on his bike and cycle from Charles De Gaulle airport all the way through Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest, Bordeaux, Biarritz, past the Pyranees, through Marseilles and Nice.

John Reed, 64 said: "I never wanted to race or anything - I just really enjoy setting off on long tours."

Over the years he had raised more than £10,000 for Comic Relief.