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Gallery: Spots and stripes aplenty as funds are raised throughout Waveney for Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 16:47 16 November 2012

Lowestoft Mayor Nick Webb samples a cake on sale at WaterLane Leisure Centre to raise funds for Children in Need. PICTURES: Supplied.

Lowestoft Mayor Nick Webb samples a cake on sale at WaterLane Leisure Centre to raise funds for Children in Need. PICTURES: Supplied.

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PEOPLE across Waveney have been joining in the fun with a series of weird, wacky and wonderful events being held - all in aid of Children in Need.

With numerous fund-raisers taking place today, some events have also been held earlier this month to help raise thousands of pounds for the national appeal.

At the WaterLane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft it has been a busy few weeks. Raising funds for Children in Need on Tuesday, November 6, the sports centre’s gym was transformed into a fund-raising frenzy as five Waterlane sports staff took on ten Lowestoft College students in a tough challenge.

A spokesman for the sports centre said that the challengers had to “run and cycle the distance to London” in the gym - and this raised about £240.

And today, they have been “selling cakes” from their café bar TheSource - with Lowestoft Mayor Nick Webb seen here this morning enjoying eating one of the Pudsey Cakes.

Schools across the district have been getting into the spirit of the popular annual event - with pupils and staff all joining in with the merriment.

At both Benjamin Britten and Denes High Schools’ in Lowestoft, it is non-uniform day - with pupils paying for the privilege of turning out in their favourite clothes.

A spokesman for the Denes High School, in Yarmouth Road, said: “We held a non-uniform day and a Grub Club Biscuit Bake event that has raised nearly £650 for the charity.”

For Benjamin Britten High School pupils, it is part of their latest fund-raiser for Children in Need - as earlier this month they raised more than £500 with a special Readathon.

A spokesman for the school in Blyford Road said: “In line with National Book Week, Benjamin Britten High School students took part in its annual Readathon on Thursday, November 8. The Readathon was a sponsored event and the proceeds are going to the Children in Need appeal.

“So far the students have raised an amazing £517.06 with more sponsorship money still coming in. Sixty students took part and spent the entire day in the Library,” the spokesman added. “Some of the students dressed up as characters from their favourite books and prizes were awarded for the best costume and for the winning team.”

Students at Sir John Leman, in Beccles, have held a spots, stripes and pyjamas-themed day, while at the Upper school, Year 10 students had a cake sale and at the Lower School they held Harry Potter Bingo.

Children in Need 2012 got off to a fabulous start at Saint Felix School in Southwold when Upper 2 - under the guidance of their form teacher Mrs Heal - and class assistant Hannah performed a “fabulous” chapel assembly all about Children in Need.

Sporting Children in Need t-shirts and ears, the children told the story of Children in Need from its start on Christmas Day 1927, right up to our present day. And as they held JLS masks the form danced to their CIN single from 2010.

The school will also be selling cakes with monies raised being donated also to the appeal.

Children from The Old School Henstead have been singing in Beccles this morning (Friday). It is the fifth year the school have done this for the charity, while the parents, teachers and friends association sell cakes and Pudsey biscuits.

Continuing a long-standing tradition of raising monies for Children in Need, youngsters led the way at Gunton Community Primary School in Lowestoft, today.

Almost 80 children in years 5 and 6 at the school in Gainsborough Drive organised a range of fund-raising events for Friday afternoon.

Youngsters aged from three to 11 then enjoyed lots of fun, with plenty to keep them entertained - including games, competitions, a bake sale, stalls and even selling some of their own toys, alongside an appearance from Pudsey Bear - as the pupils stuck their pennies on the event’s mascot.

Head teacher Matthew Jordan said: “It’s gone incredibly well. The event has been led by the school council and all ideas and activities were put together by pupils in years 5 and 6.

“I am very, very pleased with all the efforts of the children, staff and parents and the amounts of money that have been donated - it has been a terrific community effort.”

Mr Jordan added: “We have raised a considerable amount and must be close to setting a record for the school.”

• Send your pictures and details of any fund-raising Children in Need events via e-mail to mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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