Pudsey puts the fun in fundraising

Cash was still flooding in to the BBC's Children in Need appeal over the weekend as the charity telethon revealed it had raised a record £19m on the night.

Cash was still flooding in to the BBC's Children in Need appeal over the weekend as the charity telethon revealed it had raised a record £19m on the night. The fina total is expected to hit the £33m mark.

More than £1.62m was raised on the night in this region, which was the second highest English total after the £2.1m donated by London.

This year's BBC show saw a record audience peaking at 11.3m just before 9pm.

The 28th annual televised fund raiser, hosted by Terry Wogan, featured songs from some of the UK's most famous musicians, as well as some more unlikely performances including a newsreader Fiona Bruce's rendition of All That Jazz from the hit musical Chicago.

t Waitresses at the Annesley House Hotel on Newmarket Road, Norwich, served meals dressed as animals and film characters.

Receptionist Holly Chaston, who had been dressed-up as a purple butterfly since 6.30am, said: “The guests were a bit surprised at first, but I think everyone has really enjoyed themselves and we have raised over £100.”

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t Staff from The Edge health and fitness centre at Barnham Broom hotel won the third annual Pudsey Paddle race at the Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre. Ninety-two people, many in fancy dress, entered the annual canoe race on the Great Broad raising more than £1,000.

Gary Winter, Whitlingham's business development manager, said: “We're all feeling a bit moist after our adventures, but luckily no one fell in.”

t A Cyberman from Doctor Who visited Norwich's Royal Arcade yesterday. As he took off his mask, Gary Bicknell, a sales assistant at Langley's toyshop, told the EDP: “I'm not sure all the shoppers knew who I was supposed to be and a few children ran off in horror. But one rather attractive lady did take my arm. It was a really fun thing to do and I raised about £60.”

tBeccles Middle School raised £607 with a pirate day, with children in costume, and filled a giant Pudsey bear with coins. Headteacher Dave Baker said: “We thought we would fill it maybe a couple of times but ended up filling it more than four times over. Everyone contributed to a really inclusive way of raising money.”

t There was also a pyjama day at St George's care home in the town, while staff at Edinburgh Woollen Mill dressed as St Trinian's schoolgirls and held a collection.

t Children at Barnby and North Cove primary school had make cakes and were visited by MP Bob Blizzard, who watched their fundraising efforts.

t St Mary's Practice in Bungay also offered free tasters of complementary therapies and ran a Pudsey bazaar with bric-a-brac and cakes.

t Children from the West Norwich Junior Rangers have teamed up with neighbourhood wardens and officers from the Earlham Larkman and Marlpit Safer Neighbourhood Team to raise more than £100. Youngsters ran a car wash event last month and a disco on Tuesday at the Cadge Road Community Centre.

t In Loddon, children at Hobart High School had to guess which teddy bear belonged to which teacher, and also filled a giant Pudsey Bear with coins.

t Youngsters at Glebeland Primary School at Toft Monks, near Beccles, raised £134 from a non uniform day and also donated to a balloon race to mark the day.

t An electrician from the estates department at the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, raised £560 for Children in Need in what must be a record time.

Andrew Zagdan promised his workmates that he would have his head shaved if they could raise more than £500 for the charity. At the time Zaggy, as he's known, thought that his hair was pretty safe but his friends and colleagues rallied round to prove otherwise. In a bid to preserve some dignity the Ipswich Town supporter has even taken to wearing a Norwich City hat!

t Children from Mile Cross Primary School, in Norwich, raised more than £500 by covering their new school logo with pennies, throwing wet sponges and selling cakes.

t Staff at the Drifter's fish and chip restaurant at Fakenham took a trip along the Yellow Brick Road to raise cash for Children in Need. The staff have all dressed as characters from the famous story Wizard of Oz and their outfits have included the Tin Man, Dorothy, the Wicked Witch and a few munchkins. They will continue to wear their outfits at the premises today.

t Egged on by staff and operators at Bayercropscience in Norwich, senior managers took time out from their day jobs and made an early starter to serve up the Belly Buster Breakfast for Children in Need. Pete Jessop, Jon Howe, Malcolm Ackerley and Lisa Betts showed what good eggs they were donning yolk coloured chefs jackets and harlequin trousers. Charging an extra £1 for every breakfast served and £5 for silver service at the table, they raised £284.58 for Pudsey.

t Children from Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School, in Hellesdon, collected £229 by showering a Pudsey bear with donations and running a coffee and buns afternoon.

t More than 50 people helped Stalham Town Hall raise £128.05 in aid of Children in Need. Funds were raised by a Pudsey Treasure Hunt and selling chocolate and biscuit Pudseys made by the Rector and his wife.

t Youngsters from East Dereham Day Nursery enjoyed some Children in Need fun yesterday. Dressed in pyjamas and slippers, about 40 children and the nursery staff made Pudsey Bear biscuits and created a giant face of the big yellow bear out of tissue paper. They also had fun playing with custard.

t Joanne Cleary, a nursery nurse at the Theatre Street nursery, said: “The children have been having lots of fun and they loved wearing their pyjamas. We hope to have raised more than £50 for Children in Need.”

t Staff at the EDP and Evening News in Norwich bid for their colleagues in a slave auction, telesales-man Kelvin Colbourn attracted the highest bid and will be the property of Sarah Dinsdale for an hour.

Peter Thompson, a sales advisor, had his head shaved, and a huge raffle and book sale helped staff raise nearly £1,000.

Janice Mark, who organised the events said: “It's been a really good couple of days, we've all had a lot of fun and raised a lot for charity.”

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