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Children in Need fundraisers swing into gear

Pudsey bear puts in an appearance

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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PUDSEY bear has put in an appearance as Children in Need fundraisers swing into gear today (Friday).

On Saturday, a Pudsey party at Ace Space, a community arts and performance venue in St Nicholas Road, raised £381, which will be almost doubled in match funding by Q A Training, the company of organiser Sukey Russell.

“Everything was 50p so that the children could afford it all on their pocket money,” said Ms Russell. “We wanted to show them that everyone can make a difference, even by having a party and that every 50p counts.”

A lucky dip, tombola, face painting and a name the giant bear competition were on offer, alongside hair styling, a book and cake stall and a photo booth.

There were also complimentary treats from Budgens, while the hall was provided free of charge by Ace Space.

On Tuesday, apprentices from the West Berkshire Training Consortium organised a charity bake sale in Northbrook Street.

The stall offered homemade cakes, chutneys and sauces donated by Atkins and Potts Ltd and a guess the name of the teddy competition.

The fundraiser formed the ‘planning an event’ coursework, which the apprentices chose to tie in with Children in Need.

Pupils' at Newbury’s Castle School started their fundraising early when they set off on a sponsored trek with Pudsey on Friday, November 4.

The school’s post-16 unit trekked around Snelsmore Common for a community sponsored walk for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Pudsey joined teachers, staff, and parents along the route to help with fundraising.

Liz Magurn from the post-16 unit said that pupils had had an enjoyable morning.

And their fundraising won’t stop there as the BBC will launch The Big Spotacular tomorrow (Friday).

Castle pupils will be having a non-uniform day, wearing spots and using their art skills to make an assortment of face masks for the cause.

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