FUND-RAISING heroes across Wearside and East Durham turned out in force to support this year’s Children in Need appeal.
Pudsey Bear made stop-offs at a number of schools, including New Penshaw Primary.
Children at the school, in Langdale Road, raised hundreds of pounds for Children in Need through raffles, quizzes and cakes sales.
They also came into school wearing either spots or pyjamas and donated £1 each.
Youngsters had taken it upon themselves to raise money for Pudsey, which they passed on at a special ceremony.
Portland School also got a visit from the yellow bear.
Generous ladies at Southwick Community Centre also did their bit, holding a coffee morning for Pudsey to raise funds for the good cause.
Seaview Primary School pupils got active in their attempts at generating money.
Children at the Seaham school did a sponsored hokey cokey all morning in aid of the charity.
Students at City of Sunderland College’s Hylton campus crossed the pain threshold to get waxed for the day.
Lecturers and staff didn’t get off lightly either, as they got custard pies thrown at them.
For the third year running, staff from T-Mobile and Orange in Doxford Park teamed up to take part in an array of fund-raising fun.
Activities this year centered on a retro-theme, leading with a Winter Warmers recipe book.
The book featured a collection of the staff’s best winter culinary tips, with all proceeds going to Pudsey and his Children in Need friends.
NatWest workers in the bank’s Sunderland city centre branch held a “spinathon” on Children in Need Day.
Childcare apprentices at Springboard Sunderland, Rivergreen Industry Centre, in Pallion, also took a break from normal routine as they washed cars, painted faces, sold cakes and children’s colouring books, and threw sponges at staff in the stocks.
Learners turned up for the day dressed in their pyjamas for Pudsey.
At Richard Avenue Primary School, in Barnes, pupils undertook a week of fund-raising activities including face-painting, cake sales and a name the bear competition.
The school has raised more £600 for Children in Need.