ALL sorts of activities have been taking place around Northumberland in support of the Children In Need appeal.
Numerous schools, businesses, organisations and services joined in the fund-raising antics on Friday.
At Morpeth’s Riverside Leisure Centre, nearly 30 customers and staff took turns to complete a 14-hour sponsored cycle on exercise bikes in the reception area, with one centre user, Ian Stanners, going the extra mile to complete a five-hour stint alongside the half-hour slots.
Meanwhile, the centre’s bar assistant Delia Evans organised ‘the longest train ride’ of coloured-in teddy bears, based on appeal mascot Pudsey, as well as children’s face-painting.
Proceeds are still being counted, but the leisure centre has already collected almost £700 for the charity.
Mrs Evans said: “This was the first time we have done anything for Children In Need and we are so pleased with how it went. Everything went really well. It was fantastic.”
As well as holding a non-uniform day for the appeal, pupils at Chantry Middle School and Technology College in Morpeth ran their own stalls.
They sold cakes and other refreshments, had a range of games for fellow students and staff to play and organised a guess the name of the teddy bear competition.
Rachel Said, Student Voice co-ordinator at the school, said: “All our pupils were very enthusiastic about showing their support for Children in Need. They raised £572.26.”
At Stannington First School, children were delighted to see staff undergo a leg wax. Stephen Tunesi, Richard Donnelly and Governor Tim Hague went hairless after parent Laura Nicholson offered her waxing services.
A total of £195 was raised, which rose to £286 when combined with the money given by children for a non-uniform day. The Jo Jingles music, singing and movement classes in Morpeth, Ponteland and Heighley Gate did a sing-along activity and so far, £340 has been collected.
The Morpeth branch of Leeds Building Society in Bridge Street raised £165 through selling coffee and tea, biscuits and raffle tickets.