Pudsey’s army out in force to help children

DRESSED UP Workers in Stoke Road (back row) Joy Gallaugher, Anne Brindley, Cara Obstancias, Jade Kendall, Julie Alexander, Hayley Edwards, Kristy Halves and Tara Living. At the front are Caroline Sawyer and Stacey White.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (113990-7199)
DRESSED UP Workers in Stoke Road (back row) Joy Gallaugher, Anne Brindley, Cara Obstancias, Jade Kendall, Julie Alexander, Hayley Edwards, Kristy Halves and Tara Living. At the front are Caroline Sawyer and Stacey White. Picture: Malcolm Wells (113990-7199)
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IT’S an excuse to dress up and be silly for the day to help disadvantaged children all over the country.

Today, people across the area were getting together and taking part in a variety of fundraising activities to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

DANCE Raabia Childs

DANCE Raabia Childs

In Gosport, local people have grouped together in a bid to raise loads of cash to boost the appeal.

The Stoke Road Business Association has organised a mass fundraising day, with around 15 businesses up and down the street taking part.

Anne Brindley, owner of Affinity hair and beauty, helped put the event together.

‘We always do something because we like dressing up but not usually involving the other businesses,’ she said.

‘I thought it would be good if we could get more people involved.

‘We always want to do something as a business for a charity. This is a good cause.

‘I believe that the money goes to where it should go to.

‘I think even though people are always asking for money for charity, people all know Children in Need and it’s one that they recognise.

‘So they are normally willing to give.’

Some of the businesses taking part include the local opticians, a bridal shop, a sweet shop, a fish and chip shop and an estate agents.

Workers will dress up as children’s cartoon characters and take part in bake sales, prize draws and sweepstakes.

Customers will be encouraged to make a donation throughout the day as the team go around shaking buckets.

Shop windows up and down Stoke Road will be decorated with the charity’s famous Pudsey bear. All the money will be collected from all 15 businesses as a whole and sent to Children in Need.

‘We are trying to keep people involved,’ Anne added.

‘It’s a really nice community. We can all support each other this way.’

Anne also organised a ladies night last week, raising money for Children in Need by dressing up and treating customers in the salon.

‘My girls love being able to dress up and have some fun,’ she added. ‘The customers like it too.

‘It’s such good fun and it’s nice to see.’

Meanwhile Turkish belly dancer Raabia Childs was one highlight of Portsmouth College’s Children in Need day.

Students dressed in spotty clothes and sold cakes at Wednesday’s event.

n DON’T miss The News tomorrow for full Children in Need coverage.