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People across Waveney join in the fund-raising fun for Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 12:56 13 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:56 13 November 2015

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Hundreds of people across Waveney will be doing their bit for charity today as they join thousands of fund-raisers across the country in a nationwide effort to support the Children in Need appeal.

Waveney District Council staff support Children in Need. Paul Dent and Carrie Read are pictured with their bears Nigel and Mickey.Waveney District Council staff support Children in Need. Paul Dent and Carrie Read are pictured with their bears Nigel and Mickey.

The national fund-raising drive will reach its peak this evening when Pudsey Bear joins Dermot O’Leary – who has stepped in for Sir Terry Wogan – Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw for a star-studded telethon on BBC1, from 7.30pm.

But people in Lowestoft and Waveney have also been organising and taking part in their own events.

Youngsters at Gunton Primary Academy are being invited to come dressed in their favourite pyjamas or onesie for the school day for a suggested donation of £1.

While children at other primary schools across the Lowestoft area have also been dressing up as superheroes or wearing spots for the day.

Students at Ormiston Denes Academy are holding a full non-school uniform day, along with a cake sale, raffle, and youngsters making staff members drinks and cake – and delivering them.

A sponsored read-athon was held at the academy last week, and a sponsored row-athon will take place in a few weeks time. An academy spokesman said: “Pudsey pins and wristbands have been on sale all week, and a wonderful Pudsey cake was baked by Charlotte Mayo which will be auctioned off next week.”

Jeff Tuck – from Drivebug School of Motoring, a driving school that operates in and around Lowestoft and the surrounding areas, has taken part in The Big Learner Relay for Children in Need. Driving instructors across the country have embarked on a 14-day relay across 2,800 miles – with Mr Tuck covering the Beccles to Norwich leg of the relay last Monday, with pupil Alyshia Bowers doing the driving and Louise Walsh in the back of the car.

Mr Tuck said any sponsors willing to donate could call him on 07860 746846.

The Journal team are also participating in BBC Children in Need’s Bring a Teddy to Work Day, which is also being backed by Radio Suffolk, Waveney District Council, Hoseasons and Ormiston Denes Academy among others.

■ Are you doing something for Children in Need? Send us your pictures and stories to mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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