Super effort all round for Pudsey’s appeal

People across Calderdale came together to raise thousands for the Children in Need appeal.

A combined effort by schools, businesses and volunteers saw a record breaking £37 million raised nationally for the BBC event.

Children In Need. Wainstalls Primary School as childhood heroes.

Children In Need. Wainstalls Primary School as childhood heroes.

Staff at Royal Sun Alliance, Dean Clough, raised £2,116 after carrying out various fundraising events including cream pieing their team leaders in the face, wearing fancy dress and a cake sale.

Pupils at Warley Town School raised money for the annual event by selling Pudsey bear cakes.

Students from Rastrick High School and Sixth Form joined forces to become Champions of Change to help disadvantaged children and young people. The new initiative, set up by BBC Children in Need and Lloyds bank, aimed to put youngsters in charge of fundraising, while allowing them to learn and develop new skills.

The year 11 prefects took charge of the project and persuaded staff to take part in a chilli challenge, a blindfolded lucky dip into a pot of chillies ranging from a tame cayenne through to the fiery birdseye and komodo dragon - and to add to the pain, male teachers and students volunteered to have their legs waxed. The events including a bun sale and henna tattoos raised a fantastic £2,056.50 for the appeal.

Steve Evans, headteacher said: “We always look forward to getting behind the BBC Children in Need campaign. The students were really excited about being Champions of Change and to have the opportunity to own the fundraising activities, coming up with some interesting ideas. It is interesting to see the impact it has had on their personal development.”

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School donned silly socks for the day to show their support.

Students at Lightcliffe CE Primary also got in on the act with a spotty non-uniform day raising £307.52 for the cause.

Lloyds Banking Group staff in Halifax put their best foot forward by performing Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller routine outside the Trinity Road main reception as part of their fundraising efforts.

Six members of staff, many of whom had never danced before and learnt the routine over seven lunch-times, raised over £400.

Sarah Monteith, director of marketing and fundraising for BBC Children in Need, said: “As a charity we rely on the generosity of others to continue our vital work. Every penny from the fundraising by colleagues across Lloyds Banking Group will go towards helping to change the lives of children right here in the UK, and we’d like to say a big thank you for their support.”

Lightcliffe Academy’s sixth form volunteers also joined in the fun with their inaugural event which combined the national theme of heroes with inspiration. The catering team and sixth formers dressed a heroes and student tutor groups discussed inspirational public figures. Pudsey buns were on sale with other sweet treats and fortune cookies that included inspirational messages.

Karen Rawling, from the school, said: “Having only formed Lightcliffe United in the previous week, the committee, whose remit is not only to raise money for good causes but also reach out supporting the community, pulled together a great event which raised around £505.”

Pudsey Bear also visited youngsters at baby ballet in Halifax and pupils at Wainstalls Primary School stuck to this year’s theme and dressed as their childhood heroes.

Grandma Pollard’s fish and chip shop at Walsden raised more than £600 through staff wearing fancy dress and five of the young male members of the team having their legs waxed.