“WHY was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine!”
That was Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg’s contribution to a charity joke book published by youngsters at Westbourne School in Sheffield.
Actor Dominic West - a former Westbourne pupil - chipped in with: “What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.”
The book - a compilation of jokes submitted by celebrities including rock band The Killers, comedian Harry Hill and musician Kate Rusby - was the winning entry in St Luke’s Hospice’s Biz Kids competition.
The challenge saw Sheffield companies provide £100 to kickstart pupils’ fledgling businesses.
The Westbourne Joke Book, dreamt up by pupils at the Broomhill school, was the winning project, raising £2,500 for St Luke’s.
Fran Morley, St Luke’s community fundraising manager, said: “This was our first Biz Kids event and the response was astonishing.
“The children were determined to make their ideas work and all their fundraising projects were fantastic money raisers.
“Every one of them was a real winner, but in the end the jokers definitely had the last laugh and raised the most money.”
Angela Bywater, marketing manager at Westbourne, said: “Everybody needs a laugh, particularly in the current climate and the children have raised a smile and money for a great cause.”
St Luke’s Hospice, Little Common Lane, Whirlow needs to raise £4 million a year to stay open.
It is also running a £5m appeal to rebuild its inpatient unit, a project that is being backed by an appeal in The Star.