Portsmouth pub goes all Pudsey-mad for Children in Need

From left to right: Amy Carter, 34, Matt Paffett, 43, Pernilla Berglund, 42, Latin Smith, 33. Photo: Holly Sayer-Gray
From left to right: Amy Carter, 34, Matt Paffett, 43, Pernilla Berglund, 42, Latin Smith, 33. Photo: Holly Sayer-Gray

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PUNTERS at a city pub were in for a treat as their local was taken over by Pudsey bear-inspired madness.

The Fountain, in London Road, North End, joined tonight’s Children in Need action with a host of light-hearted drinking games and fancy dress.

Owners Matt Paffett and Pernilla Berglund were determined to do their best for the annual fundraiser in honour of their son.

Pernilia said: ‘Our first son died so I always want to do something, but for a hospital or anything.’

On the roster of activities at the pub included left-handed darts and live music by Joe Butt.

There was also a rule that saw all patrons having to drink with their left hands or donate to Children in Need.

Keen pool plater Matt was thrilled by the response of The Fountain’s locals and said being charitable was a great feeling.

He added: ‘Monday was World Kindness Day and we presented the bloke on the corner cakes and donuts.’

Ashley Abraham, 28, who is a regular at the pub, praised the team for their efforts.

He said: ‘I think they are doing a really good thing. If anyone can help do their bit then it’s good.’

The final piece of the night will see Matt and Pernilla being doused in ice-cold water at about 11pm.