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Pupils and staff at Downham Market’s Nelson Academy help raise funds for BBC's Children in Need





Staff at a primary school were seen by millions when they made a brief appearance on the BBC’s Children in Need appeal show last week.

It came as pupils and workers from Downham’s Nelson Academy helped raise vital funds for the appeal on Friday.

A clip from a pantomime performed by staff was shown on TV as part of the show, with hosts later announcing that a total of £33.5 million in donations had been gathered across the UK.

Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt

The day saw youngsters at Nelson Academy dressed up as either characters from their favourite books, as Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear, or simply in spotty attire.

The school also created a ‘Giant’s Beanstalk’ coin trail as part of its various fundraising activities.

Year 4 teacher Gill Sek said: “The nicest thing was that the day was fun for the children but it was also fun for the staff.

Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt

“We had a blast entertaining all the children and it was nice to see everyone in the school community smiling while they were raising money for such a good cause.

“We didn’t imagine we would be on the telly so it was nice.

“The children also enjoyed collecting the coins. We parents tap cards when we do the shopping so it was nice for the children to have the chance to experience handling money and do some maths at the same time.

Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Children In Need fundraising fun at Nelson Academy in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt

“The children were aware of the reason they were raising money but they had fun with it at the same time.”



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