Hartlepool transformed for Children in Need

Pudsey Bear with B&Q staff Katrina Drane and Diane Stevens(right) and Diane's grandaughter Lacey Guffick during the fundraiser at the Tees Bay Retail Park store.
Pudsey Bear with B&Q staff Katrina Drane and Diane Stevens(right) and Diane's grandaughter Lacey Guffick during the fundraiser at the Tees Bay Retail Park store.
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THOUSANDS of people across Hartlepool and East Durham got into the Children in Need spirit to raise money for the annual charity event, with some truly fantastic events.

It wasn’t just schools getting involved, as care homes, colleges, supermarkets and after school clubs did their bit for charity.

Residents and staff at Field View Care Home in Blackhall Colliery raised more than £70 by wearing spotty clothes for the day.

Laurel Gardens residential complex in Hartlepool organised a fundraising party with refreshments, a quiz and a raffle to collect over £125.

Jean Bolton, extra care manager at the complex, said: “Our residents are quite supportive of charity.

“The children who have been lost in the typhoon have touched them, and they hope some of the money will go to them.”

Oscars out of school club at West Hartlepool Rugby Club held a bake sale and raffle attended by around 30 youngsters.

Claire Gibson, assistant coordinator, said she was “really proud” of the children’s efforts.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College students went head to head to see who could raise the most money.

All five years have been in competition to come up with the best way to raise cash as part of their new Dyke House Raising and Giving Organisation (DRAGOn) which is run entirely by the students.

Students organised bake sales, bandanna days and school sleepovers.

Kind-hearted staff at Sainsbury’s Middle Warren joined the members of Hartlepool gym Fit4Less.

Between the generous teams, they didn’t stop rowing for four hours on a machine set up in store.

Hartlepool’s College of Further Education turned the entire building into one big party for Children in Need which included beauty therapy students offering Pudsey nail and face painting, staff dressed down and students paying to wear their onesies.

Principal Darren Hankey said: “The atmosphere in the college was fantastic.”

And Pudsey Bear joined B&Q staff during a fundraiser at the Tees Bay Retail Park store.