Spinning and singalongs boost Pudsey appeal

Sure Start staff Lyn Henshall (left) and Lisa Seccombe seen at a Children in Need fundraising event at Pegswood Community Centre joined by Amy Fox (5) from Pegswood.
Sure Start staff Lyn Henshall (left) and Lisa Seccombe seen at a Children in Need fundraising event at Pegswood Community Centre joined by Amy Fox (5) from Pegswood.
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THERE were fun and games across Northumberland as people of all ages supported the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

A range of activities took place at Pegswood Community Project, with Pegswood Children’s Centre, the Little Toothy Pegs parents group and Pegswood First School also involved.

They included Pudsey arts and crafts, face painting, raffles, a tombola and a grand sing-a-long. A total of about £300 was raised.

Information Advisor at Pegswood Children’s Centre, Leanne Brown, said: “It was a fun afternoon and we were really pleased that in excess of 150 people came along to the event.”

At énergie Ladies Fitness Club in Morpeth, 15 of its members did a sponsored spin on exercise bikes for three hours.

One of the trainers, Jane Ingoe, said: “They have raised well over £1,000 with more donations to come. One member managed to collect £600 in sponsorship herself.

“Four of their favourite trainers each did 45 minutes with them on the bikes and we also put on their favourite songs to help keep them going.”

Jo Jingles classes across Tyneside and Northumberland, including in Morpeth, Ponteland and Heighley Gate, did a sponsored singalong to help the charity.

Co-ordinator Helen Maltby said: “We had a good attendance for all our classes during the week and the children enjoyed the singing.

“They learned some new songs and actions, which I’m sure they will want to do again.”

The on-the-night Children in Need total was a record £26.3million.