Pudsey power! How you fundraised in Sunderland over the years

The Springboard pyjama day in 2011.
The Springboard pyjama day in 2011.
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Children in Need Day returns on November 18 this year and there is sure to be lots to keep people entertained while raising thousands of pounds for worthy causes.

But do you recall these Pudsey highlights from down the years?

Baby Bump painter Trish Bartram.

Baby Bump painter Trish Bartram.

Today, Chris Cordner into the history books to look at some of the highlights.

You’ve done some wonderful things for charity and we are sure you will again.

So give yourselves another pat on the back as we take a trip down Memory Lane, Children in Need style.

2015: Washington car parts firm Snop raised more than £3,000 with a range of fund-raising activities, including raffles, bucket collections and the return of the ice bucket challenge.

The children were so excited when he came in. They were so surprised and their mouths just dropped

Val Shield

Also in 2015, staff at Helen Gibson Nursery, in North Lane, East Boldon, joined forces with East Boldon Junior School to take part in a boot camp to raise funds.

2014: Staff and pupils at Sunderland’s Sunningdale School got a visit from Pudsey and helped the fundraising with sponsored events and cake sales.

2013: Joanne Smith had her head shaved to raise money at Heron’s Frozen Foods in Blandford Street. Her efforts paid off when she raised more than £1,000.

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

Sunderland College Enrichment Officer Dan Patrickson in the stocks.

Sunderland College Enrichment Officer Dan Patrickson in the stocks.

2012: Pupils at Redby Primary Academy, in Fulwell Road, put on their pyjamas for a day of fun. Each child paid 50p towards their fund-raising to go to school out of uniform, and were surprised with a morning visit from Pudsey Bear.

Headteacher Val Shield said at the time: “The children were so excited when he came in. They were so surprised and their mouths just dropped.”

Children from St Patrick’s School, in Ryhope, dressed in spots and stripes to get in the spirit for a Pudsey meet and great session after school.

Also in 2012, Baby Bump painter Trish Bartram from Seaham painted as many bumps as possible for the cause, putting Pudsey onto tums.

In Peterlee, there was singing and dancing at Asda where staff joined in with the sounds belting out of a karaoke machine in 2012.

2011: Take a bow if you were part of the 2011 charity dip in the North Sea at Seaburn organised by Gillian Douthwaite - especially the men who did it dressed as French maids.

That same year, childcare apprentices from Springboard had a pyjama day and held a sponsored conga from the Sunderland Royal Hospital back to their base in Pallion.

Karl and Chris King had a pre-dawn start when they tried to visit the top seven football stadiums in the North East and Cumbria.

Seaview Primary School pupils did a sponsored hokey cokey all morning in aid of the charity.

And NatWest workers in the bank’s Sunderland city centre branch held a “spinathon”.

2010: Fundraising in the city included staff at Wass Hair in Chester Road raising more than £350 by styling peoples hair wearing their pyjamas

At Little Acorns Nursery in Washington, staff and children dressed up as Pudsey and made cakes to raise money.

And at Sunderland College, staff were placed in the stocks and pelted with cream cakes, pies and sponges.

2008: Thornhill School caretaker Jimmy Duncan was one of 15 male members of staff who had their legs waxed, with pupils paying 50p per ticket to watch.

That same year, staff at the Netto store in Roker Retail Park donned fancy dress and raised more than £32,000.

In 2007, Shotton Hall Comprehensive School in Peterlee held a sponsored Stars in Your Eyes day for Children in Need.

There was lots more besides as well, such as the team from Seaham Surestart who were sponsored to make sandcastles on the beach.

The staff at Royal Mail in Doxford who dressed as babies, and pupils from Hetton Primary School who got into disco gear to raise money.

Were you there at any of these events and what do you remember about it?

Well done to everyone who raised money down the years but what are your favourite memories of fundraising?

Email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk and tell us more.