Fundraisers across Suffolk and north Essex do their bit for BBC Children in Need 2015
Teddies, superheroes, cakes, leg waxing and a pooing cow – it can only be Children in Need.
Fundraisers across the region have embarked on a variety of wacky events in aid of the annual BBC campaign, which brings in millions of pounds to support disadvantaged children.
BBC radio presenter Mark Murphy, who fronts the fundraising drive in Suffolk, said he had never known a campaign like it.
He added: “So many people are doing events, it’s just been incredible and I have every confidence that it is going to be a big success.”
Workplaces were filled with scores of cuddly toys as employees took part in the BBC Radio Suffolk Take Your Teddy to Work drive.
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Fluffy friends were pictured carrying out tasks such as answering the phone, having hearing tests and having their ears checked by an audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre in Ipswich.
Managing director Karen Finch said: “We got involved in this initiative for a bit of fun, but most importantly it’s a great way raising money and doing our bit for Children in Need.”
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Schools across Suffolk and north Essex supported the cause through cake sales, competitions and plenty of fancy dress.
Children at Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, took part in a ‘let’s get ready to ramble’ event.
Around 470 of the school’s pupils trekked to Great Cornard Country Park throughout the morning.
The children also received a personal message from TV presenter Matt Baker wishing them luck with their fundraising efforts. This was played to each group on a big screen before they headed off on their walk, where they were joined by parents and siblings. It was followed by a special Pudsey picnic in the school hall at lunchtime.
Gruffalos, dinosaurs and Minions all made an appearance at St Mary’s Primary School in Hadleigh.
The school’s non-uniform day allowed the children to come in dressed in their pyjamas or a onesie.
They also took part in various other Children in Need-themed activities and raised £140 for the cause.
Students at One sixth form in Ipswich organised a ‘be your childhood hero’ theme.
Best dressed student Alfie Vaughan, who came as Slash from Guns N’ Roses, received an Xbox One thanks to a donation from Dave Howard, retail and property director of GAME.
In addition to the fancy dress competition, the college set-up a bake sale. In total, One raised £924.
Several students from Colchester Sixth Form College had their legs waxed by Paige Blackman from Aspects at Playgolf in return for sponsorship. General office staff also donned Pudsey ears throughout the day and the college raised almost £500.
Assistant principal Adrian Frost said: “Well done to everyone involved, especially the brave students who had their legs waxed.
“It was a fantastic effort on behalf of Children in Need.” Residents at St Peter’s House care home in Bury St Edmunds enjoyed a visits from Pudsey and Sexton Manor Primary School pupils.
General manager Naomi Nunn said: “The residents at St Peter’s House loved having the children here as our guests.
“It was a fantastic afternoon for both young and old and Pudsey apparently enjoyed it too!”
Etholle George’s BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show was broadcasted from Ipswich Hospital and featured a live performance from the hospital’s own band.
Young patients worked hard this week making Pudsey badges which were sold throughout the day and staff brought their teddies along to work.
A teddy bear crèche was set up in the physiotherapy department for those teddy’s whose owners were caring for patients.
Hospital chief executive Nick Hulme said the hospital was happy to support the charity campaign.
He added: “We are helped by Children in Need and many of the children and young people we care for are also helped so it’s great to be able to join in with this fantastic day.”