KIND-HEARTED fundraisers across Hartlepool and east Durham are set to raise thousands of pounds for Children in Need today.
Generous groups have already thrown themselves into a host of fun activities for the BBC charity including staff and students at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool, who are on course to smash last year’s fundraising total of £2,000.
So far, they have raised more than £1,100 from cake sales, tombolas, hot dog sales, Nintendo Wii events and a Fairtrade hot chocolate stall.
Students will ditch their uniforms for a non-uniform day and there will be more cakes sold and table football table competitions.
Laura Tumilty, an IT teacher at the school, said: “We should have no problem exceeding our £2,000 total from last year and it may be by a considerable amount.”
Also backing the cause earlier this week was Shotton Children’s Centre which welcomed Pudsey bear. The official mascot paid a visit earlier this week.
Youngsters were sponsored by their families to perform a talent show for their parents and the centre has been running fundraising activities all week.
Day care manager Ashley Hamilton said: “The children loved him. Afterwards he did a tour of Shotton Primary School and all the children were shouting for him.
“We also had cake sales, face painting and other things going on during the week.”
Scores of events will be going on across the Mail area today for the charity, which aims to give every youngster a childhood that is safe, secure and allows them to reach their full potential.
Easington-born Matt Baker is on course to complete his epic rickshaw challenge from Edinburgh to London in time for tonight’s show on BBC1.
The One Show host set off on the gruelling 484-mile journey last Friday.
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● More fundraising pictures in the Mail on Saturday.
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