West Norfolk shows charity spirit for Children In Need

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Kind-hearted people across West Norfolk were in charitable mood for Children in Need.

Communities pulled together for the annual fundraising extravaganza, with fundraisers young and old going out of their way to raise money for the cause.

Downham Academy held a week of fun-filled activities for students at lunchtime, including football tournaments, sing-alongs, sponging teachers, and the classic egg-and-spoon race.

Through assemblies, students learnt the background behind Children in Need making ‘Fun Lunch Week’ much more meaningful to all involved.

Head of house Jack Harris said: “Our student leaders have been working really hard to produce, plan, promote and present a range of activities that is boosting for students as well as raising money for Children in Need.

“This is just one of many charitable events our student leaders work on throughout the year, but this has been the most fun so far.”

Downham Academy sixth form held cake sales, competitions to guess Pudsey’s birthday and a teacher’s pet competition to work out which pet belongs to which teacher.

Two brave students had their heads shaved at lunchtime by students from the College of West Anglia hair and beauty department.

At their last count, Downham Academy’s had raised a whooping £1020.87.

Eastgate Academy’s staff and students dressed up as little monsters, with prizes awarded for the best dressed.

A huge effort was put in by all children and their parents/guardians.

There was also a prize raffle with the overall winner of the raffle, Linda Smith, winning a monster cake and many students winning also.

As a running total, Eastgate have raised £316.50.

Academy principal Linda Hothersall said she was blown away by the variety of costumes and the huge effort made.

Students at King Edward VII Academy also got into the fancy dress spirit,

Students at the academy dressed as their childhood heroes.

Staff member Ellen Blade said: “Children in Need always provides us with another opportunity when our students can reflect upon children that are not as fortunate as them and realise just how lucky they are.

“We had a positive response from our staff and our students which was very pleasing to see.

“We hope the money raised will contribute to the wellbeing of other young people.”

At the time of going to press, a total had still not been confirmed.

At King’s Lynn Academy, Pudsey Bear made a special appearance.

Head of school Barney Rimmer dressed up as Pudsey for the day to raise money.

Nelson Academy dressed up as their favourite book characters for the day.

Staff also got in on the action, choosing to dress as villains.

Classes were taught by Cruella De Ville, The White Witch and The Big Bad Wolf. Nelson raised a total of £230.

A team from Swaffham Lions, together with Pudsey Bear, collected more than £500 for Children in Need.

It is one of the best days in the Lions calendar, when you see the faces of young and old, who want either a hug or a photo with Pudsey.

Swaffham Lioness Club organised a prize bingo event.

The participants went home loaded with their “booty” after an enjoyable evening, where £380 was raised for the charity.