Borough joins Pudsey Bear for annual fundraiser

Hundreds of people from around the borough took part in weird and wacky events to help raise money for Children in Need.

More than £31m was raised around the country last Friday, with money still coming in. And residents – young and old – in North Tyneside played their part.

Staff member Jane Bird with students Millie Walton (l) and Kijah-Star Wardsmith dressed in their onsies at Marden High School for Children in Need 2013. GM025632

Staff member Jane Bird with students Millie Walton (l) and Kijah-Star Wardsmith dressed in their onsies at Marden High School for Children in Need 2013. GM025632

Schools welcomed mascot Pudsey Bear into their premises, while other pupils spent the day dressed up – or down – to help raise money.

Pupils at Whitehouse Primary School, in North Shields, dressed in their pyjamas to boost fundraising efforts.

And at Marden High School, in Cullercoats, students took part in a non-uniform day while among the other fundraising activities was a big cake sale.

DFDS Seaways raised £2,900 after a 25m climbing wall was attached to one of the cruise ferries while docked at the Port of Tyne.

Volunteers, staff from DFDS Seaways and the Port of Tyne, and even Pudsey Bear and DFDS mascot Jack the Pirate Parrott climbed the wall to raise money for the charity.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “We’re really pleased that our event was able to raise such a substantial amount for Children in Need and to help support the fantastic work the charity does.

“Our staff really got into the spirit of the day, Pudsey Bear ears and all. We would like to thank all of those involved in this successful event and look forward to plotting our next fundraiser.”

Susan Wear, Director of Corporate Affairs at Port of Tyne, said: “We were delighted to work with DFDS to help make this spectacular event possible.

“It was fantastic to see so many people, including some of the Port’s employees, taking on the challenge and helping to raise so much money for such a great cause.”

Pudsey was also found at the Beacon Centre in North Shields helping out at the Boots store, as well as the Collingwood Home for older people and Christchurch Primary School.

Chris Wilson, manager of the Beacon Centre, said: “We are delighted that Boots have managed to bring Pudsey to see us here in North Shields.

“Many of our retailers supported Children in Need, and this gave us an extra boost in raising what was the highest figure ever.”

At Cullercoats Post Office, Fraser Richardson dressed as superman for a week and raised £403.47 for the cause. He thanked the community for their support.