Suffolk does its bit for charity

SUFFOLK did its bit to raise its share of more than £15m for Children in Need.Throughout East Anglia donations stood at £680,337 today.Leading the way was top pop star, Charlie Simpson from Woodbridge, and his band Busted who took pledges over the phone as part of last night's live television show on BBC.

SUFFOLK did its bit to raise its share of more than £15m for Children in Need.

Throughout East Anglia donations stood at £680,337 today.

Leading the way was top pop star, Charlie Simpson from Woodbridge, and his band Busted who took pledges over the phone as part of last night's live television show on BBC.

The telecast has raised more than £15 million, the highest total on the night since the appeal began, the BBC said today.


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Organisers hope they will top last year's total of more than £26 million.

EastEnders actor Shane Richie, who plays Alfie Moon, opened the BBC show with a cover of the Queen hit, We Will Rock you.

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In Suffolk passengers on Anglia Railways' trains were told to stand and deliver as conductor Simon Matthews was transformed into a highwayman.

He collected gold and silver from travellers and staff throughout yesterday, starting at 5am and calling at stations from Ipswich to Diss to Cambridge.

Meanwhile, Tim Chapman, 33, who works for AXA insurance in Ipswich, underwent his first haircut in 16 years after colleagues raised £1,300 for Children In Need.

Car dealer Edmondson Rover, of Woodbridge, ran a text-to-win competition with a new Rover Streetwise – with Pudsey on the bonnet – the prize. Texts were £1 each, with 45p going to Children In Need.

Deben Bridge Club, based at Playford, near Ipswich, raised £240 on Monday as part of the English Bridge Union's nationwide duplicate bridge competition.

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