PUDSEY would have been proud after students, families and work colleagues went dotty for Children in Need.
Individuals and organisations combined to raise thousands of pounds for the annual event, which supports children’s charities across the country.
With this year’s theme of “Show your Spots”, staff at Roys supermarket in Station Road ditched their usual uniforms for spotty clothes to raise more than £1,000 on Friday.
At Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard, pupils collected £395 to hand to Pudsey Bear, while youngsters at St Gregory’s Primary School in Church Street, Sudbury, made £300 with a non-uniform day and the sale of cakes and biscuits.
Older students did their bit as well, with Great Cornard Upper School students Jessica Poole and Chloe Peacock, who both wore zebra-style “onesies”, among those opting for an adventurous alternative to a shirt and tie.
Acting headteacher Andy Samways said the school had raised £774.
“Friday was a very good day and the student involvement was fantastic,” he said.
“There was a really good feel about the place and events like this provide the children with the perfect opportunity to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves.”
Other activities at the school included an Olympic torch relay and a 300-mile challenge where 50 students ran, cycled and jumped their way past their target to record a cumulative total of 416 miles around the playing field.
Elsewhere, Phyll Emberson, manager at Greggs bakery on Market Hill, praised staff and shoppers after raising more than £1,500 with a series of events, including a colouring competition and a “geek week”.
Stephen Andrews, from Lavenham Leisure, dressed as a woman for the day to raise £90, while workers from the Sudbury branch of Boots hit the town centre to collect donations and invite people to have their picture taken with Pudsey.
Michael Sturgeon, the store’s manager, said: “We had a very good reaction and raised £400.
“Everyone was happy to donate and there was a nice atmosphere.”
Ipswich Building Society in Sudbury raised £37 courtesy of a games console tournament and 11-year-old Gemma Marsh from Uplands Middle School raised £440 selling homemade cakes with the help of friends Carly Moorcroft and Rebecca Gibbins.
The fundraising efforts helped this year’s Children in Need raise £26million.
HELPING HAND: Boots staff Lauren Gill, Paula Jarmin and and Liz Felton with Pudsey Bear.