Fun fundraising events set to be held across Waveney for Children in Need

A previous Children in Need event at St Margarets Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures; MICK HOWES

A previous Children in Need event at St Margarets Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures; MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Cakes will be baked, ducks will be raced and faces painted, while others will be donning fancy dress, wearing onesies and pyjamas or something spotty as they put the fun into fundraising.

Hundreds of people across Waveney will be doing their bit for charity on Friday and Saturday as they join tens of thousands of fundraisers across the country in a nationwide effort in support of the annual Children in Need appeal.

The national fundraising drive will reach its peak on Friday, November 17 during a star-studded telethon on BBC One, from 7.30pm.

Among numerous schools holding a range of fun activities, including non-uniform days and wearing something spotty as part of the official theme for the day, are Gunton Primary Academy – who have raised thousands of pounds for the Children in Need charity over the years.

Children are being invited to come to school on Friday dressed in their favourite pyjamas or onesie for a donation. A bake sale and Children in Need fair is also being held in the afternoon.

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As part of the Big Spotacular, Ormiston Denes Academy will be holding a bring your teddy to school day and a bake sale, while staff and students will be racing ducks at lunchtime.

Also on Friday, members of staff at a Lowestoft opticians will be dressed in onesies and cycling 100km on a static bike. The store will also be collecting old £1 coins that are no longer usable to add to donations, while British powerlifting champion and Specsavers Lowestoft apprentice Bethany Wylie will be testing her limits as she vows to lift 100kg as part of the store's fundraising event for this year's Children in Need.

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Harry Potter fun will see the Realise Futures' Learning and Development team transform Lowestoft Learning Centre, in Regent Road, into Hogwarts for adult learners.

An open event will be held on Friday, November 17, from 10.30am to 1pm, and is inviting anyone to join them for a little bit of magic, coffee, cakes and course information in the centre's very own Diagon Alley.

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