VIDEO: Region pulls in the pounds for Pudsey

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Fundraisers across Mansfield and Ashfield area pulled in the pounds for Pudsey to help reach a record-breaking national total.

More than £31 million was raised on Friday for the Children in Need appeal, and that total was helped on by many from the region, who dressed up, baked and organised all manner of whacky events to help raise that extra quid.

Children In Need fundraising at Sutton-in-Ashfield ASDA, staff members from The Lammas Leisure Centre are also taking part. l-r Laura Lacey from Lammas, Bee Active Bee, Alan Knibbs Operations Manager at Lammas, Pudsey and Hayley Carrington from ASDA.

Children In Need fundraising at Sutton-in-Ashfield ASDA, staff members from The Lammas Leisure Centre are also taking part. l-r Laura Lacey from Lammas, Bee Active Bee, Alan Knibbs Operations Manager at Lammas, Pudsey and Hayley Carrington from ASDA.

Many schoolchildren ditched their uniform for the day with many wearing their pyjamas or the latest craze - onesies.

At Brunts Academy, more than £1,911 was raised with the whole school pulling together.

Spokesman Helen Dorn said: “Each tutor group put on an event which included sales of cakes, sweets, hot chocolate, drinks and stationery. There were raffles, competitions to find the treasure, guess the name of the teddy, guess the number of sweets in the jar, and even guess the weight of Mr Charity’s newborn baby! Outdoors there was a penalty shoot out competition, a skateboard competition and the chance to throw wet sponges at some of the teachers! One brave 6th form student had his legs waxed raising over £100, and an enterprising Year 10 student raised over £30 by washing staff cars!”

Headteacher at Mansfield’s Crescent Primary School, Vic Wilkinson, led by example donning a dinosaur onesie as the children were encouraged to come into school in their pyjamas, raising more than £540.

Meanwhile, at West Notts College students held a series of events spaced over three days with the aim of hitting a £1,500 target, including a cookie fest, bag packing at Sainsbury’s and wearing onesies.

Specsavers in Mansfield got themselves in a spin with hula-hooping and skipping in store, while A&E worker Marc Abel went through the pain barrier by having his legs waxed in the King’s Mill Hospital hair and beauty shop.