Pudsey's back to help county raise cash for good causes
THOUSANDS of pounds are expected to be raised today across Derbyshire to help support Children in Need.
The annual fund-raiser is hoping to smash its record breaking total of £46 million with help from numerous events around the county.
And the world-famous Pudsey Bear will be making a special appearance at four primary schools, including Stenson Fields Primary Community School.
Head teacher at the school Shirley Smith said: "The children and staff are all coming in non-uniform with the theme of 'show your spots' – so they will be sporting spotty T-shirts to 'show their spots' for Pudsey."
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The furry yellow legend, appearing courtesy of Asda Sinfin, will also be judging a cake competition, with children having the chance to win a prize for the best baked item.
Each year the school has fun taking part in the national campaign but the message behind where the money goes is never far away.
Mrs Smith said: "During the day the children's classes feature lessons about things to do with Children in Need.
"As a school we have links with children in India and Uganda – the pupils here are well aware of how other children in different communities need helping.
"We aim to build on that with the activities that we do during Children in Need day.
"They always have great fun and Pudsey always creates a great deal of excitement."
Last year, pupils at Derby College's Roundhouse campus raised £800 and they hope to beat that with a three-day event this year.
One company is helping out by manning the phones for the telethon.
DHL's call centre, based at East Midlands airport, will be given over to receiving calls for the charity. More than 260 employees will be taking part in fund-raising activities, including one volunteer who will be repeatedly spray-tanned every time the company reaches a certain amount of money.
Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham will be helping out, along with Manchester United legends Andy Cole and Denis Irwin.
And those who are out and about in Derby may well see Pearl Windsor in her night attire.
She is spending 24 hours in her pyjamas and raising cash in the city centre before attending a disco and collection at the Vulcan Arms in St Thomas Road, Pear Tree.