HUNDREDS of people in Huddersfield did their bit for Sport Relief.
The Sport Relief weekend kicked off in the town yesterday with a host of events at schools, colleges and workplaces.
And on TV last night there was a special fundraising marathon to raise millions to help vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.
The star-studded night of entertainment included a Strictly Come Dancing special with cricketer Mark Ramprakash, EastEnders star Kara Tointon - who plays Dawn Swann - and football heartthrob David Ginola.
Jonathan Ross took on Jimmy Carr in a battle of the titans tennis match at the Royal Albert Hall, while the breakfast TV presenter Ben Shephard squared up to Fame Academy finalist Lemar in the boxing ring.
Football legend Alan Shearer and The One Show host Adrian Chiles arrived after completing their 335-mile two-day cycling challenge from Newcastle.
Back in Huddersfield, thousands of pounds were raised.
STUDENTS at Shelley College put their best feet forward in aid of Sport Relief.
Pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 along with their teachers ran the mile to raise money for the charity.
A GOLFER and canoeist were just some of the colourful characters that dropped by at Newsome High School when students and staff celebrated Sport Relief.
Teachers used their imagination to dress up as various sports figures and students donned athletic outfits to join thousands around the country taking part in events to raise money for the charity.
They also enjoyed taking part in a variety of events, including football, basketballs and skiing challenges, and Year 8 students ran the mile. All of the day’s lessons also had a sporty theme.
YOUNG children raised money for Sport Relief at Little Acorns in Mirfield.
Liz, from Abinitio Dance in Hipperholme, went to the nursery and did a free movement to music class. The class lasted an hour and the children and staff were taught a dance to the song Fifi.
They raised £63.30 for Sport Relief.
YOUNGSTERS at Kirkburton Middle School have raised £760 for Sports Relief with events including arm wrestling and “welly wanging”. All 499 pupils at the school took part in the events, which also included a one-mile run. Money was also raised with a raffle and a tombola. Deputy headteacher Gary Johnson said: “The commitment from the children and staff has been tremendous.”
CHILDREN of Meltham Moor Primary School raised cash for Sport Relief and Asthma UK in memory of a late pupil.
The youngsters, aged three to 11, took on four sponsored sporting challenges yesterday including a mile run, football coaching, a target challenge and aerobics.
The money will be split between Sport Relief and half to Asthma UK.
Funds for Asthma UK were gathering to commemorate former pupil Connor McLachlan who died aged 11 on holiday in Spain last summer from an asthma attack.
School head Mike Whitfield said: “The children had a fantastic day and took part with real enthusiasm and energy. Sport is a priority at the school which is part of the Pennine School Sports Partnership and recently received the Activemark Award from Sport England.”
PUPILS of Cowlersley Primary School held a sponsored mile run/walk to raise money for Sport Relief yesterday.
Some 183 children, aged three to 11, donned red clothing for the run or walk around the school grounds.