HUNDREDS of fundraisers of all ages turned out in their spots and did all they could to help others in the name of Children in Need yesterday.
People from across the area marked the annual charity appeal with a number of wild and wacky activities.
Members of the University of Portsmouth’s Society of Circus Skills raised a bucket load as they showed off their juggling skills to passers-by at Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square.
They also joined a Zumba dance lesson and urged people to donate cash at stalls where they had to guess the number of sweets in a jar.
Circus skills society member Danielle Treacher, 25, from Nelson Road, Southsea, said: ‘I’ve loved coming out and raising money and everyone loves digging deep for a great cause.
‘It’s also a great chance to show off my skills and recruit people to the society.’
Pupils at St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, in Hooks Lane, Havant, pulled in just under £600 from a cake sale.
Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear also joined the children, who wore spotty pyjamas, at their morning assembly which focused on the importance of giving to others.
Headteacher Colin Flanagan said: ‘We were delighted with how the kids stepped up to the mark and organised all the fundraising themselves.
‘In the week they baked the cakes themselves.
‘It’s great to see that level of responsibility and all in all it was a fantastic day.
‘All the staff really enjoyed themselves as well. It’s a great way of showing how much the kids value using their time and talents to help others.’
Portsmouth College students got stuck into the charity fun when they raised £250 by washing staff cars and selling homemade cakes, while wearing spotty pyjamas.
Extra cash was raised from staff and students walking around the grounds with buckets as they urged others to dig deep and donate.
Simin Walton, 50, head of community languages at Portsmouth College, said: ‘It was extremely important for everyone to take part because it was all in aid of a worthwhile cause. Everyone was caught up in the buzz and excitement of making a contribution to a national event.
‘The atmosphere was positive and it rubbed off on everyone for the rest of the day.’
Catherine Hobbs, headteacher of St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School, in Cottage View, Landport, praised her children after they raised more £160 with the school’s ‘spotty day’.
Kids drew a big Pudsey Bear face and filled it with coins while children in the school nursery made Pudsey cakes and biscuits.
Miss Hobbs said: ‘This is very much an annual event in our calendar. It was a great day that gave everyone a chance to make a difference whilst having some fun. The atmosphere was lovely and the kids got really excited over how many coins they could put on Pudsey’s face.’