Fundraising events around Great Yarmouth raised thousands for Children in Need

Pudsey reads Matilda to the children at St Nicholas Priory. Picture: supplied

Pudsey reads Matilda to the children at St Nicholas Priory. Picture: supplied - Credit: Supplied

People from across the area helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Children in Need appeal over the last couple of weeks.

Pudsey with the Stay and Play group at Caister Children's Centre

Pudsey with the Stay and Play group at Caister Children's Centre - Credit: supplied

Read on and see if your community was involved.

Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra

Ten young musicians from the Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra took a tour around Acle last Friday to help raise money for the Children in Need appeal.

Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra on a tour of Acle to raise money for Children in Need. Pictured at Ll

Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra on a tour of Acle to raise money for Children in Need. Pictured at Lloyds Bank.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The youngsters started their morning outside Lloyds Bank at around 10am and continued to play non-stop throughout the day, including trips to Barclays Bank and to Budgens supermarket, until around 4pm.

The orchestra took their donation wheelbarrow along with them for people to donate money, and the children ended up raising around £350 at the end of the day.

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The children had collections buckets at each stop before emptying them into their wheelbarrow before moving on to the next stop.

Orchestra leader Elaine Brown said: 'I think that the day was fantastic. The children were brilliant and worked their little socks off. They really were amazing and played really, really well throughout the day.

'They just kept on going despite all the cracked lips from playing the trumpet. They are a such a good bunch to have.'

In total the effort raised £995 for Children in Need, with the banks involved also matching what the orchestra had originally raised.

Caister Children's Centre Children in Need's Pudsey Bear visited Caister Children's Centre to say hello to the families there and thank them for their support.

Caister Children's Centre provides activities and services for families with children under five living in Caister and North Yarmouth.

Pudsey posed for pictures with the centre's Lets Explore group, including mums, dads and carers that have children under the age of two, and with their Stay and Play group which is aimed at children under the age of five.

Caister Junior School Last Friday was a bustle of activity at Caister Junior School with real determination to make as much money as possible for the annual Children in Need Appeal.

During the week children paid 50p to have a photograph as a hero raising £62.50.

The friends of the school had a cake sale with parents, staff and children making a variety of tasty treasts to sell and raffle off, raising £220.85. The children also paid to wear clothing as a hero or wore Pudsey T-shirts and raised £339.67.

In all the grand total raised by the school was £623.02.

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy Lots of activities took place at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy on Friday as everyone tried to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need.

The day started off with students and staff wearing non-school uniform and paying for this privilege.

Some of the ladies from the school's pastoral team dressed up as old ladies.

During break time several stalls were set up in the school hall including guess the name of the teddy, guess how many sweets are in the jar and there was stall selling cakes that students and staff had made.

At lunchtime it was time for gunge the teacher in the school gym.

During the week students and staff had been giving money if they wanted to vote for a teacher.

On the day, four teachers got gunged and these were Mr Herrridge, Mr Ferguson, Ms Taylor and Mr Piller.

In total £1,100 was raised by the school, with £191.69 coming from the 'gunging' of the teachers.

Fay Bedford School of Dance Children from the Fay Bedford School of Dance in Bradwell raised £200 for the Children in Need appeal.

The dancers put on a performance at Burgh Hall last Friday for the charity.

This year the school has helped to raise over £1,000 for various charities.

House of Fun Nursery Children at the The House of Fun Nursery in Gorleston raised money for Children in Need by taking part in a wide range of activities.

This included making cakes for the nursery's cake sale, having their faces painted and dressing up.

The nursery also has a special visitor, with Spiderman coming along to join in the fun.

In total the nursery raised £185.60 for the charity.

The nursery thanked its staff, the parents and carers and the children for all of their donations.

James Paget University Hospital Pharmacy The pharmacy department of the James Paget University Hospital came together once again to help raise money for Children in Need.

The department helped team member Judith Smith put on a wide variety of different flavour and style cakes at the hospital and there was also a tombola and a raffle for a chocolate and orange cake.

In total Judith, along with retired department member Rita Perry, raised £468 with the raffle cake raising £40.

Ormiston Venture Academy The Union of Venture Students at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston have helped to raise more than £1,000 for the Children in Need appeal.

A number of events were held for the school's students including bake offs, raffles, reading passes and sweetie jar challenges.

Money from the fundraising efforts are still being counted but the school has raised more than £1,000 for the charity for the first time.

Jo Ermini, staff Lead for the Union of Venture Students said: 'I am really proud of the Union of Venture Students for organising such a great programme of events to fundraise for such an important cause. It was because of the passion they showed for it, along with all the students who participated, that helped the academy to raise the most it ever has for Children in Need.'

Other events organised by the union for the school included a yellow and spotty non-uniform day and a pie in the face competition.

The school organised a best dressed award for the non-uniform day which was won by Winner year 7 student, Ami Farrier.

Potters Resort Potters Resort in Hopton supported the 35th year of Children in Need by raising £1,423.70 to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Members of the resort's team spent the day taking part in various activities to try and raise as much money as possible.

Guests at the resort cheered on 32 members of the Potters team as they cycled to Elstree Studios, where the glittering fund-raising evening is held, on an exercise bike placed in reception, with the team pedalling a total distance of 143 miles.

IT desktop support analyst Shane Brinded had his chest waxed after the resort raised the threshold £500 mark, which was the first time he had ever been waxed.

The housekeeping team also raised £370 through its charity rail, with team members donating clothes to raise funds.

John Potter, managing director of Potters Resort said: 'Many members of the team got involved in this year's Children in Need appeal and had fun raising money for this great cause.

'They rode an exercise bike, baked and bought cakes, dressed in colourful tops or pyjamas and donated to the cause.

'In total, the Potters team raised an amazing £1,423.70 to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.'

The bungalows team dressed-up in their pyjamas and onesies on the day as they serviced the room, with the sales and marketing team creating a pop-up 'Pudsey's paw-fect bakes and shakes', selling a range of smoothies, milkshakes and baked goodies.

There was also a raffle, wear a colourful top to work day, quizzes and guess the baby competition.

St Nicholas Priory School Children at St Nicholas Priory School were visited by Children in Need's Pudsey on Tuesday, November 10 as they were preparing for their part in the live children's choir.

Pudsey helped the children during their practice sessions and also took the time to read to them from the Matilda book. Pudsey was joined by choir leader Samantha Coe who came along to help prepare the children for the live event, which would see them join over 1,000 children nationwide in singing The Climb, by Miley Cyrus.

Wroughton Junior School Danger was held at bay by an army of super heroes at Wroughton Junior School, right.

On Friday November 13 the children and staff dressed as their favourite caped crusader for the day.

They also held various activities around the school and managed to raise a total of £559.60 for Children In Need.

Organisers thanked everyone involved and said it proved to be a great day.