Children in Need is back for another year and fundraising heroes across Calderdale are kicking off their efforts to raise money for this year’s appeal.
Last year, a record-smashing £49.6 million was raised nationally to help the lives of young people across the country and from sponsored silences and fancy dress to teacher torturing and make-up free days, Calderdale will do their bit.
Children and staff at the Little Ladybirds nursery in Elland have enjoyed a full week of fundraising fun from gunging and Children in Need cakes, to painted Pudsey Bears and a games day.
Key worker Libby Dimaine also took part in a 24-hour sponsored silence challenge and there will be a pyjama party today in aid of the charity.
Hayley Gillman, owner of the nursery, said: “It’s been fantastic - we’ve done something every year and this has been the biggest one so far, we’ve already raised more than £200.”
Pudsey Bear also made a special visit to The Children’s Place Nursery, Halifax.
Earlier in the week, students from Brighouse High whipped up delicious treats in a ‘Great Brighouse Bake Off’ competition - students paid to enter and vote and all treats were sold following the event.
The girls of Ravenscliffe High School will ditch their make-up today and take on the ‘bear-faced’ look and others will don superhero fancy dress to show their support, while pupils at Calder High School will take part in a sponsored silence.
There will be a day of teacher torture at Ryburn Valley High School, as teachers face waxing challenges and getting pied in the face. There will also be raffles, non-uniform and open mic performances.
The ‘teacher torture’ theme will carry on the North Halifax Grammar School, where students will pay for the opportunity to get their own back on teachers and give them a gunging.
Post-16 students at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe School will wear fancy dress and students in the lower school will pay to wear non-uniform. A raffle, stalls and cakes will also help to top up funds.
The staff at Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Todmorden, will also get in the spirit of the day by dressing up as superheroes and holding a bake sale.
Fiona Roberts, employee at the centre, said: “I think Children in Need hits home for quite a lot of people.
“We’re all really excited by the day and we’re hoping that we’ll raise quite a lot of money.”
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