Gearing up for Children in Need

KIND-HEARTED Ipswich folk are set to do their bit tomorrowfor this year's Children in Need.

KIND-HEARTED Ipswich folk are set to do their bit tomorrowfor this year's Children in Need.

A slave auction, an indoor fete, a duvet day, a pyjama party, cake sales, face painting and quiz nights are just some of the events that have been organised in the town for the fundraising day.

Children in Need raises millions of pounds every year to help disadvantaged children in the UK.

Star readers will be helping as 2pence from every copy of the paper sold on Friday will be donated to the cause.

Staff at Axa in Ipswich have been taking part in a number of events all week, including wearing fancy dress costumes and carrying out collections.

The managing director of Beatons, in Felixstowe, Roger Beaton, will be taking on the role of receptionist for the day. He has bravely agreed to wear a skirt as well if more than £1,000 is raised.

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Several schools in the area have organised activities, including Westbourne High School in Marlow Road, where pupils will be performing High School Musical, and holding a raffle and cake sale.

Pupils from Ipswich Prep School in Ivry Street will be taking part in a Pudsey Pentathlon, where they will be taking part in five different sporting activities in the playground.

Rendlesham Primary School will be holding a bad hair day, which will be coupled with a cake sale.

Hairdressing students at Suffolk New College will be dressing up in pyjamas and handcuffed to pairs throughout the day. They will also be putting in hair extensions, straightening and curling hair in return for cash for charity.

The Natural Healing Centre in Thoroughfare, in Woodbridge, will be holding taster sessions for treatments like facials and head massages, with all the proceeds going to Children in Need.

There will be a sponsored dog walk and cake stall at Otley College. Staff from The Range in Ipswich will be wearing fancy dress to work.

A balloon race has been organised by FG Brown Opticians in Bury Street, Stowmarket. The event will start at 8pm and balloons will be available to buy from the practice. Prizes will be awarded for the furthest.

There will also be several bands performing at Trimley Sports and Social Club on Friday. The band, Without Reason, will perform a special song they have written and recorded for Children in Need at the charity gig.

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STAFF at a major employer in Ipswich are aiming to raise a bumper sum this week as they carry out a variety of fundraising activities for Children in Need.

During this week staff at Axa, on Civic Drive, will be holding a dress down day, a cake sale, a toy sale and a quiz to generate much-needed cash for the annual charity event.

On Friday night the firm's call centre will be used to take phone pledges from members of the public.

In total around 100 AXA staff will give up their free time to help out on the night.

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