Pudsey Bear visits help boost coffers for Children in Need

FOLLOW THE BEAR From left, Pudsey, Evelyn Peckham, Cain Greenwood, Kieran Barrett, Harvey Roadnight, Eliza Elias, George Evans-Turner, Poppi Bundy, Teddy Poulton and Grace Chiddle at St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School, Havant, dressed in keeping safe non-uniform. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133125-141)
FOLLOW THE BEAR From left, Pudsey, Evelyn Peckham, Cain Greenwood, Kieran Barrett, Harvey Roadnight, Eliza Elias, George Evans-Turner, Poppi Bundy, Teddy Poulton and Grace Chiddle at St Thomas More's Catholic Primary School, Havant, dressed in keeping safe non-uniform. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133125-141)
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IT WAS a fun day in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas as school pupils and businesses dressed in pyjamas and sold cakes to raise money for Children in Need.

The excitement started at 8am at Harrison Primary School in Fareham, where teachers tricked the pupils into thinking they had been out all night.

As the youngsters arrived, they saw the teachers in their pyjamas and sleeping bags on the playground.

Four girls also spent the morning hula-hooping to raise funds.

Sara Gmitrowicz, headteacher of Key Stage Two, said: ‘The children made a real effort with their pyjamas which is one of the many events we held.

‘It’s good to teach the students there are kids less fortunate than themselves.’

Elsewhere, pupils at Alverstoke Infants School in Ashburton Road, Gosport, raised £306 after turning up to school in their pyjamas.

The 211 children each brought in a pound, with some bringing more, so they could wear their bed-time clothes.

Deputy headteacher Stacey Hodson said: ‘It was brilliant the children have loved it.

‘They’ve got a good awareness of who exactly they’re doing it for.’

Teachers also joined in the fun with the heads of houses at Miltoncross School, off Milton Road, dressing in animal onesies.

Headteacher Fiona Calderbank said: ‘It was a surreal day seeing scores of monkeys, sharks and giraffes at the school. But it was great and we’ve had loads going on.’

Betsy Nancarrow made Pudsey Bear badges and helped organise a sponsored silence.

She added: ‘I made a big Pudsey Bear head and lots of little badges that we’re selling.

‘I also arranged the sponsored silences so hopefully we can raise a lot of money.’

Employees at the Spinnaker Tower got their legs waxed and held a raffle where the winner got to pick the colour of the tower.

A business in Fareham also joined in with the Children in Need fun by organising a cake sale and a raffle.

Sara Pollard, who owns Free From Temptation in High Street, said: ‘We wanted to do our bit for the community so organised a cake sale and raffle with some great prizes. Lots of local businesses gave us raffle prizes like free haircuts, makeovers and handbags.’

Pudsey Bear visited schools in the area with Redlands Primary School, in Fareham, and St Thomas More Primary School, in Havant, getting a visit from the charity bear.

There was more furry fun at Langstone Infant School in Baffins as pupils, as well as teachers, brought in their teddy bears.

The non-uniform day raised more than £180.

Headteacher Victoria Page said: ‘We had some very small bears and a couple of very large ones.

‘We had lions and brightly-coloured ones. They were sharing the bears and giving them a squeeze and a hug.’