Well done Sunderland – city’s Children in Need effort

Denton Robinson, 12 (front) was just one of those taking part in the Children In Need fund-raising event at The Point in Park lane organised by Amy Pink (far left).
Denton Robinson, 12 (front) was just one of those taking part in the Children In Need fund-raising event at The Point in Park lane organised by Amy Pink (far left).
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WEARSIDE played its part in helping the Children in Need appeal romp to a record-breaking total.

The BBC event has raised £31million for disadvantaged children and young adults in the UK.

Sir Terry Wogan fired up the “totaliser” for the final time on the live entertainment show to reveal the record-breaking sum of £31,124,896.

Schools, businesses, community groups and individuals across Sunderland all played their part in helping to make this year’s appeal the best so far.

Forty-year-old Joanne Smith had her head shaved to raise money at Heron’s Frozen Foods in Blandford Street.

“We raised £1,082.74 in the shop,” she said.

“It is better than I thought we would do. I had hoped we would raise around £800, so I am absolutely delighted.”

The Point in Park Lane played host to a family fun day for Children in Need on Saturday, with help from community organiser Amy Pink, who provided princesses and cartoon characters.

“We had about 100 people in and out during the afternoon,” she said.

“We had some young musicians come along to perform a showcase and it went really well.”

Children in Need’s on-the-night total surpassed last year’s £26million, despite coming in the week the British public raised £30million for those affected by the Philippines typhoon disaster.

Highlights of the show included Olympic champion ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean going head-to-head in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing, comedian Harry Hill and a host of celebrity cameos offering up a remake of A-ha’s classic Take On Me music video, the cast of EastEnders took part in a dance-off in Albert Square, and a sneak preview of Dr Who’s 50th anniversary special which goes out this Saturday.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said: “People from around the country have joined together to raise a simply staggering sum of money for disadvantaged children.

“I am never prouder of the BBC than on Children in Need Day. On behalf of all at the BBC, I’d like to thank the staff, the stars and the Great British public for making this another day to remember – one that will help give thousands of children in the UK the chance to reach their full potential.”