Record amount raised for Children in Need

Staff from Granvilles Solicitors in Fareham dress up for Children in Need. (left to right), Cheryl Utting, Katie Baker and Mary Hutson.'Picture: Ian hargreaves  CIN3

Staff from Granvilles Solicitors in Fareham dress up for Children in Need. (left to right), Cheryl Utting, Katie Baker and Mary Hutson.'Picture: Ian hargreaves CIN3

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Fundraisers in the south have collected almost £2m for Children in Need.

Their £1.8m contributions swelled a national tally of £26.7m, £400,000 up on last year and a new record.

People across the Portsmouth area went all out for this year’s event.

Pyjamas were worn to school and work, cakes baked, faces painted and Pudsey gave out lots of hugs.

Everybody who took part had fun, and most importantly, raised money for a good cause.

The city’s schools and nurseries got behind the fundraising drive.

Portsmouth Grammar School pupils wore an array of brightly-coloured pyjamas.

St James CofE Primary School in Emsworth wore their night clothes after it was suggested by Year 6 pupil Oliver Webb and his friends Roshan and Priya Sahota.

St Vincent College in Gosport held a fun run and put on a production of St Vincent’s Got Talent.

Twinkle Cottage nursery in Fratton did a sponsored walk to St Mary’s Church and the youngsters had their faces painted like Pudsey.

Gomer Junior School in Gosport made their own T-shirts and Front Lawn Juniors and Crofton Hammond Juniors both held pyjama days.

The fun wasn’t just left to the children.

Employees across the area brought the fun into the workplace.

Zurich staff in Whiteley ditched their suits and donned ‘onesies’ for the day.

Staff from The Pyramids centre in Southsea ran, cycled and rowed 100 miles in their gym to raise sponsorship.

The traditionally smartly-dressed solicitors at Glanvilles in Cams Hall, Fareham, dressed down and all chipped in to bring in a picnic for the good cause.

Four Paws Doggie Day Care in Fratton took their dogs out for a walk – in their pyjamas.

City radio station Express FM teamed up with The News Instant Star winner, opera singer Jennifer Parker Lummis, and the University of Portsmouth recording studios, to produce a charity recording.

The Big Screen at Portsmouth Guildhall played host to a variety of fundraising activities including Zumba dancing, karaoke and cheerleading.

All ages joined in to raise money for Children in Need throughout the day.

The day culminated with the annual fundraising night being shown on BBC with star acts such as Kylie Minogue and Girls Aloud performing to boost the coffers.

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