Grin and bear it for a good cause

Pudsey Bear joins Carol Harrap and MaureenLingard in the fundraising at Boots at Meadowhall
Pudsey Bear joins Carol Harrap and MaureenLingard in the fundraising at Boots at Meadowhall
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There was bear-ly a place Pudsey didn’t make an appearance as South Yorkshire celebrated Children in Need.

Once again people of all ages went all out for the fundraising drive designed to help disadvantaged youngsters in the UK and overseas.

From coffee mornings and cake stalls to fancy dress days and daring stunts, a host of wacky activities took place in offices, schools and shops.

Heather Scott, presenter and bird trainer at Sheffield’s Tropical Butterfly House, faced her fear of spiders to raise Children in Need cash by not only holding a tarantula but letting it crawl over her face!

She said: “Friends and family find it funny that I’m scared of spiders considering I work with creatures potentially much more dangerous but there is something about spiders that has always frightened me! I felt extremely anxious but I was determined to succeed. I feel very proud of what I’ve achieved.”

The rattle of buckets could be heard at Sheffield’s Crystal Peaks shopping mall, where staff at Specsavers donned spots and stripes to raise cash for the BBC appeal.

Meanwhile in Millhouses, Vanilla Coffee Shop sold Pudsey-inspired cupcakes and held a raffle and quiz.

Pedal power was in full force as staff from South Yorkshire’s DFS Greg Turford and Stuart Leigh – cheered on by Pudsey himself – did their bit to hit the furniture chain’s target of raising £1 million.

The pair completed the tenth leg of the DFS ‘Pedal for Pudsey’ challenge which saw them cycle a specially constructed rickshaw mounted with a two-seater sofa from Rotherham, through Sheffield to DFS head office in Doncaster.

Stuart said: “It’s been such a fantastic day. It was really tough, but with Pudsey at the helm we had a lot of fun along the way!”

Pudsey also made an appearance at Boots in Meadowhall, where staff were spreading the fun with a raffle and activities.

Schoolchildren also got in on the act, with non-uniform and pyjama days to raise cash for charity.

Pupils at Athelstan Primary in Handsworth, Sheffield, used their creative skills for a contest held to mark the occasion.

Governor Sharon Scott said: “Pudsey is the Children in Need mascot, so we asked pupils to come up with their own idea for something a bit different.”

At Watercliffe Meadow Community Primary in Shirecliffe pupils took part in their very own version of the hit TV show Great British Bake Off.

Year 5 twins Siani and Summer Sheldon, aged nine, rolled up their sleeves to create a host of yellow treats to sell at their school’s stall.

Proud mum Emma Mosley said: “They worked so hard this week. I am so pleased with their efforts and achievement.”

And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called in at Dore Primary School, Furniss Avenue, to award prizes to youngsters for their fundraising efforts.

Mr Clegg said: “Just like lots of people young and old from across our region, the pupils made an outstanding effort to raise funds. They all deserve our huge thanks.

“Money goes to projects throughout the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. This is a great cause as everyone deserves to have a childhood which is safe, happy and allows them the chance to reach their full potential.”