It's bouncing cheques and orange aid!

BEANZ meanz money!

A barman in a bath of beans... it can only mean one thing – Children in Need.

Plucky 21-year-old John Burns spent 10 hours in a bath of baked beans at The Psalter Tavern in Nether Edge, Sheffield.

He endured the cold beans from noon to 10pm, in a bathtub in front of the bar.

Damian Hughes, the Psalter's kitchen manager, said he hoped the event would "generate a few laughs".

He bought John a shower cap to wear while he completed the chilly challenge, and said he planned to serve his friend "lots of beans on toast".

Generous folk across South Yorkshire were out in force yesterday raising money for the annual Children In Need appeal.

Around 40 pupils at Meadowhead School, Sheffield, gave up their breaktime to sell Pudsey Bear merchandise – including teddy bear ears, bandanas and biscuits – to other pupils and staff.

The school aimed to raise 2,000 for the charity and Craig Wolstenholme, who organised the sale, said the event was a success.

He said: "I have been really proud of the effort and enthusiasm pupils have shown and have been really impressed by the teamwork skills they have developed."

Kids at Abbeydale Grange School in Sheffield also got into the spirit of the day by organising a 12-hour sponsored trampoline bounce from 7am to 7pm.

Visitors to the Multiyork furniture store in Barker's Pool, Sheffield, got a big surprise when the shop created a teddy bear's picnic-themed window display, complete with a unique Pudsey Bear sofa. Staff at Sheffield Scene gift shop, on Surrey Street, waltzed and shimmied their way around the shop floor for a sponsored Strictly Come Dancing event.

Company directors at Blundells estate agents had their legs waxed in aid of the good cause at the firm's Campo Lane branch in Sheffield.

Directors Paul Cocker, Ian Appleyard, Steve Hinshelwood and Richard Smart all gritted their teeth to collect donations from colleagues.

Sales managers from Greggs bakery toured the region yesterday as part of a 'cleaning crew', with eight of the senior staff visiting 15 branches across South Yorkshire cleaning shop floors, shoes, windows and coffee machines and raising more than 1,000.

Pupils from Brantwood School for Girls in Nether Edge teamed up with staff at nearby Kenwood Hall Hotel to cycle for 24 hours on one of the hotel leisure club's exercise bikes.

Scott Kristen, the hotel's gym manager, did his stint at midnight on Thursday, but said the late-night bike ride was "no problem".

He said: "I'm a fit, young and healthy guy. I can easily do it. We've got staff of all ages and abilities."

The Sam Jones health club, at Crystal Peaks retail park, also held a charity cycling event, with staff and members riding 100 miles in six hours to collect as many donations as possible.

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