Sheffield folk gear up for some bumper fundraising for Children in Need today

Pippa Chapple, Millie Hunt and Mia Cotton tap dancers at Constance Grant Dance Centre, Pslater Lane are taking part in a tapathon to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe
Pippa Chapple, Millie Hunt and Mia Cotton tap dancers at Constance Grant Dance Centre, Pslater Lane are taking part in a tapathon to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Sheffield folk are tap dancing, ice-skating and face painting to raise buckets of cash for Children in Need today.

Across the city, generous residents will take part in all sorts of fun activities to support the nationwide fundraising campaign.

Dancers at Constance Grant Dance Centre, Pslater Lane are doing a tapathon to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe

Dancers at Constance Grant Dance Centre, Pslater Lane are doing a tapathon to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe

Dancers at the Constance Grant Dance Centre in Brincliffe have donned their tap shoes and are all set to take part in a charity Tapathon, which is happening in hundreds of locations all over the country on Sunday.

The event is also an attempt to smash the current world record for the largest number of people performing the same tap dancing routine at the same time.

They have 120 pupils taking part and have been rehearsing the official Children in Need tap routine to ‘Uptown Funk’ for months. Dance school Principal Karen Siddall said: “It is going to be a brilliant day and we are looking forward to being record breakers while raising money for Children in Need.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for the dancers of all ages in our school, aged 18 to 70, to do something all together.”

Sophie Lucas, 10 and teacher Leesa Spence, of Hatfield Academy, Hatfield House Lane with their cakes as they sell them to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sophie Lucas, 10 and teacher Leesa Spence, of Hatfield Academy, Hatfield House Lane with their cakes as they sell them to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe

They have raised £1,200 so far just by selling T-shirts for the Tapathon.

The fundraiser, at Kingfield Hall on Brincliffe Crescent, will start at 12pm with a warm up, with the record breaking attempt at 1pm.

Meanwhile, the official Children in Need mascot, Pudsey Bear, is visiting Hatfield Academy Primary School, in Firth Park, today, where he is being welcomed with a disco, a treasure hunt, face painting and a lot more.

The school, which also had a visit from the much-loved yellow bear for fun and games yesterday, has enjoyed a whole week of events and, by yesterday, had already raised £1,500 for the cause.

Ellie Woodhouse, nine, of Hatfield Academy, Hatfield House Lane with Pudsey Bear to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe

Ellie Woodhouse, nine, of Hatfield Academy, Hatfield House Lane with Pudsey Bear to raise money for Children In Need. Picture: Andrew Roe

Amy Hollows, assistant headteacher at the primary school, said:“We are all really excited to have Pudsey visit us and feel honoured that we are the only school outside London to have a visit from him.”

Meadowhall’s temporary ice rink is also getting involved and is hosting its first charity Skateathon, with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain grabbing his skates to signal the start of the eight-hour relay at 9am.

n The BBC Children in Need Appeal Night starts tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One. As well as some surprises, 30 Eastenders actors and actresses will do a Top Hat musical dance.