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Children in Need fever catches on

PUBLISHED: 18:34 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:26 06 July 2010

THERE were fun and games across the region last Friday (November 20) when Children in Need fever once again caught the imagination of local people.

The BBC's 30th appeal managed to raise over £20 million for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

THERE were fun and games across the region last Friday (November 20) when Children in Need fever once again caught the imagination of local people.

The BBC's 30th appeal managed to raise over £20 million for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. And by joining forces together with their favourite celebrities, children and young people in Waveney helped to do their bit for those less fortunate than themselves with a whole range of events.

Students from Lowestoft College managed to raise over £500 with a variety of fundraising activities. Food proved a particular hit with the collectors as the foundation studies group sold different kinds of muffins they had made and the Get on Track students organised a raffle, with the star prize a cake in the shape of Pudsey Bear.

At Gisleham Middle School pupils Isobelle Berrey, Rianna Coote, Millie Hart, Natalie Haylett and Eleanor Knight caught the imagination by conducting a sponsored swim.

The five year seven girls completed an hour long swim at Bannatynes Health Club, in Lowestoft, on Sunday. In total they covered 483 lengths, equal to just over six miles, and raised a total of £260.

At Roman Hill Middle school children took part in a whole host of fun of events, including the chance to throw wet sponges at their teachers.

In Lowestoft's Asda store, members of the Norwich-based Anglian Magic Society delighted child and adult shoppers-alike by putting on a balloon modelling display. Together Jeff Drayton and Steve Majes modelled over 350 balloon Pudsey Bears during the day.

Many schools across the region became colourful places as the usual school uniforms were cast aside as part of the fundraising fun.

At Reydon Primary children paid £1 each to attend in all of the colours of rainbow. Pupils at Corton school wore spotted clothing and body art, while they also enjoyed cakes made by their parents.

Spots were also the theme for children and staff at St Felix, in Southwold, where four year old Jack Wilmot went one-step further by dressing up as Pudsey Bear. The pupils also enjoyed eating Pudsey cakes and colouring in sheets with the famous bear on.

The theme of the day at Kirkley Middle School was mad hair. Staff and children joined together sporting crazy hairstyles and colours as they also raised money through a cake sale.

Local pre-school clubs also joined in the fun as Barnby Mums and Tots held a fancy dress day and Tumble Tots and Gymbobs dressed up as pirates and fairies all week.

The money raised by Tumble Tots and Gymbobs was added to their efforts in October for National Children's Activity Week, totalling an impressive £1,865.


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