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DJ's bin helping Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 10:32 16 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

IT was an offer that Mark Murphy just could not refuse - spending Children In Need day on the bins!

Radio Suffolk's morning presenter was out and about with the wheelie brigade on the Chantry Estate in Ipswich today with the mammoth task of filling a bin with cash for the annual charity appeal.

IT was an offer that Mark Murphy just could not refuse – spending Children In Need day on the bins!

Radio Suffolk's morning presenter was out and about with the wheelie brigade on the Chantry Estate in Ipswich today with the mammoth task of filling a bin with cash for the annual charity appeal.

This being that day, the bin round was just one of the events and activities being held all over the county to swell the coffers of those children in need.

Within just a couple of hours of the DCR (dust cart run) starting Mark had already coaxed Chantry residents and listeners to his show into parting with almost £1,000 in cash and pledges.

Then £600 was given to Mark on the round by Austen Dack, The Evening Star's brand manager, as a down payment on what is expected to come from a 2p donation from every Star sold today.

Austen told Radio Suffolk listeners that he wanted even bigger sales of the Star today because it meant more money for Children In Need.

"We want to give Mark's bin collection an even bigger boost so the more Stars that are sold, the more money I can give to him."

Mark, not unaccustomed to getting up early to do his Breakfast Show, was on the DCR at 6am to be with the crew on their Chantry round.

Wearing `cor blimey' trousers in tradition of the old Lonnie Donegan song, My Old Man's a Dustman, was also making a few hearts flutter in Swallow Road in particular by offering himself up for a kiss on the cheek.

He said none of today's efforts would have been possible without the support of Ipswich Borough Contracts and Dylan Cross the refuse supervisor.

If Mark was a Chantry VIP then the cuddly Pudsey Bear was joining him in the highway honours.

Swallow Road residents Brenda Lamb and Joan Minns were in their element at the visit by the two celebrities and Mrs Minns said: "I love this time of the year and when I was at work we always did something for Children In Need."

Mrs Lamb had the added honour of being serenaded by a wheelie karaoke star, Andy Ehlert, who sang a few bars of Jim Reeves' Sound of Distant Drums – or more appropriately distant bins.

Andy, a bin man for 13 years, said he was a bit nervous to begin with at singing "live" on radio but he knew it was for a good cause.

n Support Pudsey's cause by buying a Star at any of the following: Your own local newsagent, plus Morrison's, Sainsbury's, Asda, Marshall Warren Estate Agents, Signs For You, Spedeworth, Debenham Garage, Norwich and Ipswich Co-op, Tesco at Copdock, and Safeway at Felixstowe, who have all ordered 100 extra copies of today's Star.

n Children In Need events were held last night and The Opium Lounge, in Ipswich, became the venue for the biggest chart and UK Garage event ever seen in the region.

Pied Piper and Sharky P, famous for this summer's hit Do You Really Like It, were among the artists playing at the venue – which would have cost £10,000 for the evening's top flight line up under normal circumstances.

Admission was free but clubbers were asked for a minimum donation of £5 on entry and bunny girls circulated the dance floor collecting further funds.

Matt Jam Lamont who hosts his own show every week on KISS FM was also performing at the venue along with EZ, the most talked about and hardest to book DJ, who made his first appearance in Ipswich and Damage.

At Digby's Bar in Suffolk College fund raising and frolicking went on till midnight with a whole host of activities which had young people reaching deep into their pockets.

The event, which was organised by students as part of a sports studies and leisure course, included a set from the indie band Roach and a raffle with prizes ranging from a signed Spice Girls book to Timex watches and Guinness memorabilia.

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