PICS: Notts dresses up for Children in Need

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Here’s what local kids and fundraisers have been up to in Mansfield and Ashfield for Children in Need.

Staff at Boots in St Peter’s retail park held competitions, baked cakes and held a raffle to raise money.

In Lloyds bank on Church Street, staff each contributed something for their sale, and

Mum Sam Smith, 46, a customer service assistant said: Lloyds will Double whatever we make in the branch.

She said: “I’m using my day to make a difference, and the bank has given me the day off to do it.”

Manager Sarah Gregory, 42 made up 75 bags of sweets to sell.

She said: “It was hard work, very fiddly.”


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Victoria Phillips, 37, assistant manager added: “We’ve all baked cakes. I was up at 5am this morning baking, everyone has done something and we’ve sold £500 of Pudsey money boxes.

Another colleague of their’s, Wayne Taylor has also cycled some 60 miles to Pudsey - a town a in Yorkshire.

Melissa Fletcher, 22, and Lis Stimpson, 23 were helping to sell Pudsey bear cakes in Greggs on Westgate.

Lottie, four, and Tommy, 10, from Pleasley were all ready for school at Farmilo primary school this morning, dressed in the Children in need outfits made by mum Angela Turner.

Charli Buck, four, enjoyed a fun day at Oak Tree Primary School where she is taking part in making a “River of Pennies” to raise money for Children In Need.

And in Ashfield, Pudsey had a jaunt around town to meet the children.

In Asda, he had a cuddle with little Isabelle Walker, three, and Sophie Roberts, two.

Pudsey, (real name Jimmy Murray, a till operator at Sutton Asda, gave up his own free time before a shift to meet them.

Community Champion at the store Hayley Carrington said: “We’ve been round town meeting people and having photos. Some of our check-out operators are come in costume as well - it’s all for a good cause.”

And in Greggs in Idlewells, Stephan Tolley was stifling as he baked pastries while wearing a full Lilo & Stitch onesie.

He said: “I’m roasting. I‘m sweating like a pig - I hope it’s worth it for charity.”

Senior Sales manager at the branch Bryony Gascoigne said: “We’re raising money for a good cause – we do it every year without fail.”

And Lloyds colleagues in Sutton’s market square held a colouring competitions for school kids and were selling out of cakes baked by staff members.

Assistant manager Jill Poole said: “This year we’ve taken the ‘N’ out of banking, and we’re baking.”

“Customers in Ashfield have been so generous, it’s lovely.

“We’ve raised £682.16 in the branch and Lloyds bank have matched it, raising a total of £1364.32.”