A tap dancing dog brought a smile to the faces of early morning commuters at Huddersfield Railway Station ... and set off another phenomenal fundraising day across Kirklees and Calderdale for Children In Need.

A mass tap dance for Children in Need was staged in St George’s Square early today, led by Huddersfield-born BBC Radio Leeds breakfast show presenter Liz Green.

Liz was joined by dozens of dancers along with Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Clr Paul Kane and deputy mayoress Susan Bedford but star of the show was Coco Chanel Teddy Pom-Pom, a two-year-old hound. She came with owner Katy Bradbury who runs Lindley-based KT Dance Academy.

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More than 50 dancers braved the weather with people dressed as princesses, fairies and Superman to learn a fast-paced routine to Pharrell Williams’ catchy hit Happy.

She was joined by 25 mini dancers from KT Dance Academy and teacher Katy, who said: “We rehearsed hard and all the kids loved it.”

Clr Kane said: “It was great fun. Never in a month of Sundays did I think I’d be doing this but we’ll do anything to raise money.”

Children In Need Tap Dance in St. George's Square, Huddersfield.
 

One of the groups that will benefit from money raised through Children in Need events across the country is the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice which received £96,000 from the fund over three years and hopes to gain more next year.

Head of community fundraising, Jason Costello, said: “It makes a huge difference. The money has allowed us to employ a play co-ordinator who uses play as therapy for the children.”

Other fundraising included

* Legendary Scholes fundraiser Rebecca Haigh swam the distance for Children in Need after raising £1,210.

Rebecca, 42, swam 100 lengths of Huddersfield Sports Centre’s pool – an annual event that she has been doing for over 20 years for the charity.

* Almondbury Community School cooked up a fundraising treat when they held their own bake off contest. Pupils in the KS3 and 4 Centre brought in tempting cakes they then sold off at lunchtime after judging while year seven classes competed against each other to see who could bake and sell the most buns. It took place alongside a toy sale, a Name the Dog competition and an auction to gunge assistant headteacher, Simon Wood.

* Darth Vader appeared at The Mount Preparatory School in Edgerton to raise money for Children in Need.

He was just one of dozens of film stars, animals and superheroes who took over the school with their eye-catching outfits to help donate £262.82 to the good cause.

Staff in every department at Boots in Huddersfield embraced the fundraising bug and dressed up in a range of costumes and colourful clothes.

Assistant Store Manager Ryan Goowin (aka Pudsey for the day) said: “Myself and fellow manager Anna Roberts have dressed up as ‘Pudsey police’ so we can impose sanctions on those who aren’t donating or getting involved! Colleagues have been paying a pound to ‘splat the staff’ with custard pies.

“Shoppers have loved it and there’s been picnic tables and jelly bean games to win hampers.

“We’ve also had collection buckets out at tillpoints all week in the run up to raise as much money as possible.”

A Huddersfield health centre manager defied the odds when she completed a sponsored silence.

It was no easy feat for Energie Fitness manager, Nicola Denniss, who spends all of her working day taking exercise classes and talking to members about how to best keep fit.

Children In Need event at Energie fitness centre, New Street, Huddersfield - Manager Nicola Denniss doing a sponsored silence with Muriel Sandford, Sheila Riva, Ann Wilson, Irene Armitage and Jo Wood in pyjamas.
 

She pulled out the masking tape at 10am, just in time for her first challenge-to take a legs, bums and tums class.

It was the start of her challenging three hour stint of keeping silent and she decided to wear a white board to help communicate with people on her visits around the New Street centre.

But it all paid off in the end after she managed to raise £250 by 1pm.

Nicola said: “I’m always talking to people during the day, so to have to shut up for so many hours was a massive challenge. One of the best bits was teaching the class.I demonstrated the moves and the class copied me. They said it was like a game of charades.”

She was joined on her fundraising mission by members, who donned their pyjamas to work out.