KIND-hearted Huddersfield folk came up with all kinds of wacky ways to raise thousands of pounds for Children in Need.
Two lucky schoolchildren turned the tables on their teachers yesterday when they took charge of their school – for the day.
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Five-year-old Brooke-Lynn Gledhill and six-year-old Riley Burland-Evans won the right to be joint headteachers at Slaithwaite C of E Junior and Infant School, gently nudging Mrs Elaine Bradley out of the way.
The children got lucky after buying £1 tickets in an event organised by the School Council which dreamed it up in aid of Children in Need.
Mrs Bradley said: “They have been me for the day! Brooke turned up bright and early in a power suit and high heels and together they ran the school, they unlocked the gates with Mick Varley, handed out certificates, took a 30-strong parent assembly and watched teachers work.
“They had lunch and a coffee break with staff in the staff room. They managed order and discipline – they enjoyed doing that.
“Overall, they have absolutely loved it. We have raised £133.’’
A delighted Brooke-Lynn said: “We are just relaxing with some buns before going home. My mum, Hannah, was on the phone telling all her friends.’’
Children from Barnaby’s Day Nursery near Holmfirth, plucked up the courage to sit in a bath of jelly.
Deputy manager Sara Dobson said: “Children and staff all came to nursery in pyjamas and two children, Madison Fleming and Edward Crayton, took a bath in jelly! We have all had a great day gallivanting about for Children in Need and so far raised over £600.’’
The event was sponsored by One 17 Design, a Charitable Trust based in Armitage Bridge.
Students and staff of Rastrick High School and Sixth Form College held a non uniform day and raised in £1,486.52 for Children in Need. Many pupils wore ‘onsies’ pyjamas for the day, while other students got creative in the kitchen by baking Pudsey buns and biscuits.
David Lord, deputy headteacher and director of sixth form said: “We are always so impressed by our students enthusiastic support of fundraising days such as Children in Need.
“The whole atmosphere made for a colourful, action-packed day, much hilarity and a fantastic community feel.”
Customers at Grove Fisheries in Skelmanthorpe got more than fish and chips for supper – they got a warm welcome from staff still dressed in their pyjamas.
Bob Dosanjh, Jayne Thorpe and Adele Robinson donned their nightwear for the day.
Bob, proprietor of the Huddersfield Road fish and chip shop, said:
An action-packed day kicked off at Deighton Sports Arena with a staff vs users badminton and tennis competition.
Other events included a continuous spinathon and activity taster sessions for non-members and free gym access.
Donations were collected all day at the Kirklees Active Leisure facility.
And at the Deighton-based Chestnut Centre a play day featured face painting, a bouncy castle and baby play area.
Fundraising stalwart Rebecca Haigh, took to the pool for her 20th sponsored swim.
Rebecca, from Scholes, swam 100 lengths in the Huddersfield Sports Centre pool to raise money for Children in Need.
The 40-year-old has special needs and finds it hard to walk – but loves to exercise by swimming.
Rebecca said she was ‘thrilled’ as she completed her challenge and has raised £1,307 in sponsorship.
Staff and Children at Little Acorns Nursery in Gomersal had a fancy dress teddy bears tea party and sold buns and biscuits made by them and the parents.
Events co-ordinator Emily Millis said: “I feel it is very important for children to be involved in fundraising for those less fortunate than themselves. We have been teaching the children about how the money is spent on poorly children or children who have very little. They all wanted to help other children and have shown great empathy with them.’’
Debbie Hyde and Sharon Escritt who run Huddersfield cupcake business, Fairies in the Kitchen Cupcakes, raised more than £100 for Children in Need by selling Pudsey bear themed cupcakes, especially at Huddersfield University’s Admissions and Records Office.
A monster chocolate raffle was held on the X-ray unit at Huddersfield Royal infirmary and raised around £100.
Parents, children and staff came in before school for an early breakfast in aid of Children in Need at Huddersfield Grammar School.
The day’s other fundraising events included a non-uniform day, and many Pudsey themed activities organised by the children.