There's nothing Huddersfield people won’t do to help Children In Need.

Thousands of people across the town joined the mammoth fund-raising effort yesterday to boost the multi-million pound appeal.

From sitting in baked beans to baking cakes and from shaving heads to trying for one of the world’s most bizarre world records, kind-hearted Huddersfield people did the lot.

Huddersfield-based FMG are experts at clearing broken down cars from the roads. But staff set out to create a new world record for the most vehicle recoveries carried out over 24-hours.

A team from the company, which holds the contract to recover broken down vehicles from England's motorways, took up the challenge of loading a ‘broken down’ car emblazoned with the Pudsey Bear logo on to a recovery vehicle as many times as possible.

The challenge was at the firm’s headquarters, FMG House at St Andrew’s Road, and finished at midnight.

FMG technical trainer Ian Leaver said: “As a business we’ve been very proactive when it comes to charity and have raised thousands for our nominated charities every year.

“We wanted to look at ways in which we could use our expertise to raise funds for Children in Need this year and came up with the idea of this vehicle recovery marathon.

“Our people and partners have got right behind the project. We hope to raise lots of cash for the cause and we’ve already raised well over �1,000. We’ll be holding additional events throughout the day to boost this.”

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Doctors, nurses and health care assistants at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital swapped their uniforms for pyjamas and nightgowns amid an array of fundraising activities around NHS sites.

Doctor Charlotte Ashton and staff nurses Jenna Hought and Sam Hoddy worked all night before grabbing buckets and having their faces painted.

Lead directorate nurse Julie Mellor said: “It was great that everyone got in the spirit. It is such a fun event and we were thrilled we were able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

Ian Harrison, a pharmacist at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, had his head shaved and legs waxed to raise money. He was sponsored by friends and colleagues and raised more than £400.

Ian said: “I wanted to do something a bit different with an element of humour. The money is going to a good cause and it’s all in the spirit of the pharmacy department.”

Members of Energy Fitness For Women paid £1 to lob wet sponges at manager Nicola Denniss. Also taking part were her colleagues Kully Morris and Cynthia Rogers and one of the members, Jo Wood.

Nicola, 34, said: “It’s been a great day and I think we have raised around £150. I always enjoy doing something for charity and this has been great fun. Some of the staff dressed up as grannies and some members arrived in pyjamas.”

Firefighters and fire prevention staff braved cold weather to hold an all-day collection outside Huddersfield Fire Station, Castlegate, from 6am yesterday. The station has raised £65,000 for Children In Need since 2000 and by late afternoon they had raised £4,716.

Pupils at Almondbury High spent the day in their onesies or pyjamas and a huge programme of activities – co-ordinated by the School Council with associate assistant headteacher Catherine Ketteringham – included face-painting, nail art, bun sales, an art competition and football and dodgeball tournaments.

Individual fundraising efforts also involved Year 10 student, Jordan Thomas, raising over £160 by having his head shaved. Inspired by Jessie J’s famous feat for Comic Relief earlier this year, Jordan said he wanted to “do something that showed he was making a real effort to help others”.

Sara Dobson took the plunge into a bath of beans at Barnaby’s Day Nursery, New Mill.

Nursery staff members Clare Short and Harriet Hobson poured the beans over her helped by nursery children.

Youngsters at Lepton CE Junior School organised their own market.The generous pupils took charge of arranging the event with no help from teachers.

Children from years three, four, five and six planned the event, did all the pricing and made the posters to promote their stalls, which included a fortune teller stall, lucky dip, sweets and buns.

 Huddersfield Post Office workers donned onesies to raise £450.

Branch manager Tig Khehra, who wore a monkey onesie, said: “We have had great support from Huddersfield shoppers and they seem to have enjoyed our fun onesies. We even had Santa and Pudsey here to ensure everyone dug deep for a fantastic cause.”

Regular Children In Need swimming fundraiser Rebecca Haigh took to the water at Huddersfield Sports Centre. It is now the 21st year Rebecca, from Scholes, has swum 100 lengths.

The 41-year-old has special needs and finds it hard to walk – but loves to exercise by swimming. She raised of £1,307 in sponsorship.

Pupils at Rastrick High School also wore onesies for the day and stick on ears before activities headed outside for a beat the goalie and basketball competition with Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker.

Students and staff raised a magnificent £2,000.

Rebecca Cavanagh (aka Pudsey Bear for the day) and friends at Active Social Care in Newsome hosted a fancy dress and fun day for service users.

And plucky hairdresser Brett Lowther, 19, agreed to have his chest waxed all in the name of charity. His co-workers at the Moda Hair Salon in New Street, Huddersfield, donned fancy dress and hosted a raffle and cake sale. The event was held last Saturday and raised £200.

Spring Cottage Nursery at HRI had fundraising all week with fancy dress and a cake stall and raffle yesterday along with a visit by Pudsey Bear.

Youngsters from Dryclough Infants school at Crosland Moor dressed in pyjamas and made spotty buns to raise more than £350.