Sunderland helps Children in Need hit record total

Pudsey Bear was a special guest at the Children in Need event Oxclose Community Nursery, Washington, thanks to the Asda Community Life Champion at the Galleries.

Pudsey Bear was a special guest at the Children in Need event Oxclose Community Nursery, Washington, thanks to the Asda Community Life Champion at the Galleries.

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IT was a busy day on Sunderland as the city pulled together for Children in Need.

Nationally the drive has raised a record £31million to far, smashing last year’s total of £26million.

The charity’s famous mascot Pudsey Bear visited Woodlea Primary School, Oxclose Nursery, and Asda in The Galleries, Washington, to help collect cash.

While Red Rose Primary School pupils enjoyed a bake sale and afternoon of games in their pyjamas.

Tiny tots also sported onesies and PJ’s at Busy Bees Nursery, Cleadon, where they donated money to the children’s charity to bring a bear to nursery for the day too.

Judith Dixon, nursery manager, said the youngsters were so excited that some even dressed up their bears.

“A few of the older ones decided to ‘bling their bears’,” she said.

“And brought them in wearing jewellery and things.

“We do quite a lot for charity and usually do well thanks to the generosity of our parents.”

Staff at Shoe Zone, The Galleries, have been raising money for three weeks, from a book stall and sponsored dip in the North Sea.

Workers donned fancy dress yesterday to raise extra cash and hit their £800 target.

And at Prestige Nursing health care agency in the city centre, staff played games and held raffles to collect cash.