Record figure raised for Children in Need

ALL TOGETHER: Parents and toddlers, who made Pudsey cakes, at Little Angels.
ALL TOGETHER: Parents and toddlers, who made Pudsey cakes, at Little Angels.
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Mammoth cake baking sessions, toddlers doing ballet in their pyjamas and a sponsored silence were among the enterprising fundraising efforts for Children in Need.

Throughout last week, Mini Movers, which runs ballet dance classes for tots, at the Old School in Long Melford, invited toddlers to strut their stuff in sleepwear and raised £122.

At Little Angels, a parent and toddler group in Sudbury, youngsters made Pudsey-inspired cakes and biscuits to collect £35 on Wednesday.

“The parents were all happy to get involved and the children love to do anything messy,” said leader Teresa Webb. “Doing this helps you appreciate how lucky you are with your own children.”

Also hitting the kitchen was Gemma Marsh, a student at Ormiston Sudbury Academy. The 13-year-old baked more than 1,500 cupcakes for Pudsey’s piggybank.

“Gemma did admit that her mum had funded the ingredients but the results were amazing,” said Pip Mackay, from the school. “She took orders for the decorated cupcakes from staff here and Tudor Primary School, as well as her mum’s work, the local pub and post office.”

Pupils Jack Ingram, 15, and Sian Lawson, 14, helped organise the school’s efforts and also busked in the canteen. In total, £563 was raised on Friday.

At St Andrew’s Primary School in Bulmer, three pupils completed a 24-hour sponsored silence, while Year 6 pupil Freya Logan took part in a “sing your day” challenge. Children also came to classes in non-school uniform to help raise £70.

At the East of England Co-op in Great Cornard, staff collected £209 by dressing up for the day.

“We made a lot of people smile and the attitude and spirit of staff was fantastic,” said store manager Mark Bullard.

In all, a record £31million was raised for Children in Need across the country.