FROM riding bikes to playing ping pong and completing a 24-hour virtual reality challenge, schools and businesses got into the Children in Need spirit yesterday.
The Southsea Village in Palmerston Road raised money with a 12-hour ping pong game.
General manager Roger Watson, 43, said: ‘We decided to do a “ping-pongathon” as we have a table in our pub and people really enjoy playing it.
‘We are keeping the table tennis going for a solid 12 hours, from 11am to 11pm.’
With a fundraising target of £400, staff were pleased to break the £200 mark only two hours in.
Staff and pupils from schools across Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport raised hundreds of pounds.
There were cheers all around at St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, in Havant, when the headteacher braved a bicycle made for two.
The event started at 9.30am yesterday and parents were encouraged to show their support at the end of the day.
Homes school link and pupil opportunity worker Rosie Miller, was the organiser for the event.
Headteacher Colin Flanagan said: ‘We feel Children in Need is one of those charities which reaches out to children of all sorts of needs, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.’
So far, the school has been able to raise £500 and hoped to see even more by the end of the day.
Mr Flanagan added: ‘There are kids all over the country in need and we just want to help in some way.’
Pudsey Bear made a brief appearance to have a quick cycle around the playground.
Meanwhile, Novatech in Portchester took part in a 24-hour fundraiser.
Using their virtual reality full-motion simulator, staff spent 24 hours driving in a challenge similar to Le Mans.
The event, which was streamed online, started at 9am yesterday and was due to end at 9am today.
Jerry Hughes, digital marketing executive at Novatech, off Hamilton Road, said: ‘Children in Need is a great cause and we wanted to do something for it. It’s our way of helping out.’
Novatech staff took turns to wear the virtual reality headset and participate in a driving game based on the famous Le Mans race held in France every year.
Customers to the store were also greeted by a large cake sale arranged by the staff to help reach their target of £1,000.
Asked how they would maintain their stamina during the night, Jerry said they would ‘drink a lot of coffee and Red Bull’.
He added: ‘Anything to keep us going.’
In Milton, staff at St Mary’s Treatment Centre cycled between 9am and 5pm.
Taking it in turns, staff used the static machines and asked for donations from fellow employees and patients.
Hospital director Penny Daniels said: ‘It was a great day.
‘Those taking part in the static bike ride did a fantastic job and they were supported throughout by colleagues, visitors and patients.
‘I would like to thank everyone who joined in our Children in Need fundraising activities for supporting the charity and the vital work it supports.’