Girls spend day plaited together as Hartlepool goes Children in Need crazy

TWO schoolgirls came up with a hair-raising idea to rake in Pudsey cash by spending the day ‘plaited’ together.

Lucy Chiverton and Sarah Forbes, students at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool, had their gorgeous tresses weaved together for Children in Need.

Lucy Chiverton and Sarah Forbes, 'students at 'English 'Martyrs 'School

Lucy Chiverton and Sarah Forbes, 'students at 'English 'Martyrs 'School

The pair, both in Year 8, took part in the sponsored plait-a-thon for a full school day, sitting together in lessons and at dinner time, and also managing to make their way around the school corridors going from class to class.

Computer teacher Laura Tumilty, who has taught both girls, said: “They are good friends and they just came up with the idea themselves.

“They came to me and asked if they were allowed to do it, and I thought it was a great idea to raise some money.

“We let them out of lessons five minutes early so they didn’t get caught in the rush and they basically just had to help each other with opening doors and things.

Children in Need activities at Hartlepool Collage of Further Education

Children in Need activities at Hartlepool Collage of Further Education

“It was something a bit different which helped towards the fundraising.” Other pupils from the school in Catcote Road also took part in a fun run, and a number of other activities including a tombola, leg waxing, a cake sale, name the bear, guess the sweets, raffles, and a hot dog sale. Prior to publication, Miss Tumilty said the grand total raised was almost £3,000, and a group of 10 students were handing over a cheque for hundreds of pounds to the BBC Children in Need campaign last night.

A Pudsey Bear also paid a visit to Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, and gave the thumbs up to a range of activities aimed at raising money.

As well as staff and students dressing up as their favourite heroes, the college’s sport team held a series of races, including egg and spoon, and the three-legged.

The health and beauty department held pamper sessions while the student ambassadors sold home-made Pudsey biscuits and snacks.

Lucy Chiverton and Sarah Forbes

Lucy Chiverton and Sarah Forbes

There were also raffles and competitions.

Children from nursery and reception class from St Bega’s RC Primary School, Thorpe St, Hartlepool, also staged Children in Need activities for the cause.

Peterlee Asda, was one of a number of organisations in the East Durham area which held similar charitable events, with a Pudsey Bear character, tombola, second-hand book sale, and raffle.

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