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Playtime, ponies and pyjamas for Pudsey

Morpeth's Jo Jingles group with local toddlers including Charlotte Preece and Lewis Cooper are seen taking part in a sponsored singing and dance session for Children in Need at Morpeth's Heighley Gate Garden Centre.

Morpeth's Jo Jingles group with local toddlers including Charlotte Preece and Lewis Cooper are seen taking part in a sponsored singing and dance session for Children in Need at Morpeth's Heighley Gate Garden Centre.

PEOPLE of all ages across Northumberland played their part to help the Children in Need fund-raising effort.

They included 12-year-old Niamh Goldsmith, who came up with the idea of doing a sponsored pony ride in her pyjamas.

She enlisted the support of seven other members of the Morpeth Hunt Pony Club – Alice Oakey, Grace Oakey, Nicole Souter, Emma Lees, Becky Riches, Claire Allan and Emma Goldsmith – and together they did a seven-mile loop which started and finished at the Todburn Equestrian Centre in Longhorsley.

Niamh also sold Children in Need cupcakes at the centre and the total amount raised by the group was about £500.

Three male workers at Sainsbury’s Ponteland did a 13-mile walk from their homes in Blyth to the store. They donned Pudsey T-shirts and carried buckets along the route into which passers by spared some change.

Other activities in store included cake stalls, a sponsored silence, a colouring in competition and bucket collections. More than £1,500 was collected.

Jo Jingles classes across Tyneside and Northumberland, including in Morpeth and Heighley Gate, once again did sponsored singalongs to help the charity.

The on-the-night Children in Need total was a record £26.8million.

 
 
 

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