Suffolk helps raise millions for kids

PUBLISHED: 12:10 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

YET again Suffolk showed how much it cares while raising money for this year's spectacular BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Around the country £13 million was donated to this year's Children In Need after the seven-hour star-studded TV spectacular drew to a close, organisers said today.

YET again Suffolk showed how much it cares while raising money for this year's spectacular BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Around the country £13 million was donated to this year's Children In Need after the seven-hour star-studded TV spectacular drew to a close, organisers said today.

The BBC announced that £12,895,853 had been raised for the charity throughout yesterday, more than £600,000 up from the same period last year. It is hoped this year's final total will top the £20million raised last year.

Lynn Abbott, Tina Heath and James Fraser went along to just some of the events in Suffolk. Pictures Simon Parker and Lucy Taylor.

FANCY that! Turning up for school in pyjamas, whatever next?

Well it was all in a good cause and there was no way that the staff could object to the pyjama party at Brooklands County Primary School in Brantham, because they were in their PJ's too.

The Children In Need day was the idea of four young pupils who not only suggested the school took part but organised the whole event from writing letters to parents to posters and extra fund raising activities.

Rachel Ward, deputy head teacher said that they expected to raise at least £300 from those who paid for the privilege of turning up in their nightwear and from money raised during the afternoon's events.

Ten-year-olds, Hannah Greenwood and Becky Wainwright with their 11-year-old school pals Joanne Atkins and Keri Burman> had organising the day which included planning the games and baking of cakes to be sold.

And if it was a good enough cause to warrant pupils not getting dressed properly for school, then the same was said for staff – including Teresa Cook, vice chairman of governors – who all turned up in night shirts, pyjamas and dressing gowns too.

At Holywells High in Ipswich each year opted to do their individual thing and the whole school was thought to have been in on the Children In Need act.

There was one year where girls swapped clothes with boys, wore clothes inside out, just did not wear uniform and another with a St Trinian's theme.

Once again it was pupil-planned with Connie Summers a school council member who got things moving.

"Each year had a meeting and decided what it was going to do and I think it's been a great success," said the 15-year-old.

"I also organised the teachers who dressed up in school uniform for the day, each pupil paid a pound to come to school in costume and the teachers have between them paid £110. We could really raise a lot of money," she added.

Prizes were given to the best (or in some cases the worst) dressed. Fifteen year olds Antonia Wallace came second in the Year 11 swap and Samantha Rangel, third in the St Trinian's year.

Ipswich Building Society was setting out to beat its £3,630 total of last year with staff dressing up as their super heroes.

Competitions were being held as well for some super prizes for customers and add to the takings too.

Over at East Bergholt High School staff and students were involved in a variety of events to raise funds for Children In Need and the Community Service Volunteers' (CSV) Make A Difference Day.

Money spinning activities included sponsored silences, smiling, fasting, and, sponsored NOT watching television while staff held a sponsored table football competition in the staff room.

The highlight of the day came when four brave members of staff agreed to take a student-set question challenge. The penalty for getting questions wrong was being 'gunged' and the main hall was bursting to capacity as students from each year group challenged the teachers. The event alone is believed to have raised nearly £300.

The events were part of a planned programme of charity activities that will see students and staff at East Bergholt High School raise funds over the coming year for various causes, including sponsoring a Peruvian child, supporting the work of Crisis with homeless people and, supporting refugee aid.

A bath of baked beans means more money for Pudsey is in the can as 47th St Helen's Guides Company decided it was bath time. Thirteen-year-old Sarah Crisp took the plunge into a tub of baked beans as fellow members of the guides and brownies sold cakes and took part in a fundraising quiz.

"I hate beans," said Sarah, of Northhill Gardens. "And I'd rather sit in them than eat them!"

Fundraising hit the road as Ipswich Buses took more than £1200 on board of donations as staff dressed up in an array of costumes from Bob the Builder to Andy Pandy.

Staff at the AXA office gave up their evenings to man a special Children in Need hotline with hopes of a record breaking evening. Manager Kevin Smith said his team of more than 40 wanted to break their record total of receiving more than £40,000 of telephone pledges – and ring all the bells with a magnificent £50,000.

And Children in Need Day came as a special moment for a group of Ipswich children, who were celebrating ahead of a dream holiday to Disneyland in Paris.

Under the umbrella of the BBC charity, communities around Ipswich have raised nearly £2,000 to send four very deserving children to Euro Disney.

Twins Marie and John Wright, 10, of Packard Road, who suffer from cystic fibrosis, will be joined on the four-day jaunt on December 2 by elder brother George, 11, and Natasha Hook, 8, from Saxmundham, who suffers from the nervous and muscle-wasting condition HMSE.

Thanking everyone involved, Debbie Logan, from the organisation which arranged the trip Special Suffolk Children's Dream Holiday Fund, said: "This is for children who have endured more than most children. It's a dream trip – and it gives them a chance to have some fun after the trials of the treatments they have to go through."

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