FUND-RAISERS across West Suffolk went the extra mile to ensure a record-breaking total for Children in Need.
Schools, businesses, organ-isations and individuals held a wealth of events to contribute to the £26.3 million raised nationally to help disadvantaged children.
Among the charitable trailblazers were pupils at Sebert Wood Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, who amassed £384.39 through their activities including a ‘Huff and Puff’ fitness workout with Pudsey the Bear and school mascot Sherbet the Hedgehog.
They also welcomed the BBC TV Breakfast Show to their breakfast club.
More than £800 was reached at St James Middle School, in Bury, after children sold cakes, guessed the number of spots on a teddy bear, covered a giant Pudsey with coins and donned spots on their clothing.Nine-year-old Mamie Michael managed to wear 7,124 spots.
Spotted clothing was also the fashion choice at Ickworth Park Primary School, in Horringer, which raised £190 including £17.55 from eight-year-old pupil Oscar Wood, who sold apples and pears grown in his garden.
Meanwhile, St Edmundsbury Primary School, in Bury, scored £163.11 by dressing in something spotty.
The toddler group at CurveMotion, in Bury, decorated biscuits and cakes and threw bean bags and balls into a bucket.
Collection pots were spread out across the venue and Pudsey branded cupcakes produced on site were also available – raising £147.30.
Tassel Road Day Nursery, in Bury, managed £458.92 with a pyjama day, cake stall, face-painting, arts and crafts as well as a raffle.
Eight-year-old Luke Bisland-Cook, who attends Walsham-le-Willows Primary School, took the initiative and cycled more than 13 miles from Hepworth to Walsham-le-Willows. He raked in £108.
At Barrow Hall Stables riding school, staff and clients wore their pyjamas and held a bake sale to raise £165.96.
To donate to Children in Need or discover more about the initiative visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey