GENEROUS fundraisers across Hartlepool and east Durham clubbed together for the same cause – raising thousands of pounds for Children in Need.
Sponsored walks, duck races, stalls, raffles and other quirky and enjoyable activities were all organised by kind-hearted residents.
Nationwide the BBC event raised £26,332,334, and people in the Hartlepool Mail area put in a sterling effort to help reach that total.
Clavering Primary School pupil Jacob Edwards, nine, did his bit for the cause by designing a Pudsey poem story book.
Jacob, who lives on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, in Hartlepool with mum and dad, Lisa Hindmarch and Jason Edwards, and younger sister Mia Edwards, four, photocopied a number of copies and set up his own stall in school.
He said: “I was thinking about how I could help out and thought this would be a good idea.”
School uniforms were left at home as thousands of pupils donned spotted clothes for the day to help raise money for the cause.
Kind students at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, have been taking part in a number of fundraising activities all week.
As well as organising stalls, hot dog sales and Nintendo Wii events, as featured in yesterday’s Mail, 27 students and four members of staff also laced up their trainers for a three-and-a-half mile walk from the school to Seaton Carew.
The impressive efforts helped the school to raise £2,683.
Laura Tumilty, an IT teacher at the school, said: “To raise as much as that is absolutely brilliant, everyone involved should be very proud.”
Staff and customers joined Pudsey Bear for a morning of singing and dancing at Asda, in Peterlee. People got to show off their singing skills on a karaoke machine and Mayor of Peterlee John Hardy also spent the morning in store.
Meanwhile, a sea of ducks helped to raise hundreds of pounds.
Staff at Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel, in Wynyard Village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, each sponsored a plastic duck for the charity race.
In total 100 numbered ducks were released into the lake to battle it out for prizes.
Staff were asked to pay £5 to sponsor each duck and the race helped raise more than £500 for Children In Need.
The four-star hotel is a Grade II listed 18th Century building, set in 150 acres of private parkland.
And staff and residents at Abbotts Court Care Centre, in Wheatley Hill, opened the door to the public to help raise money for the cause.
More than £100 was raised thanks to a coffee morning which also included a competition to win a Pudsey Bear cake.
Yesteday also saw Easington-born Matt Baker complete his gruelling rickshaw challenge from Edinburgh to London. The One Show host started the epic 484-mile journey last Friday.