Aylsham

Aylsham gets into the Children in Need spirit

Just Regional
Nov 14, 2014 3 mins read

Schoolchildren in Aylsham have been showing their superhero qualities by raising money for Children in Need.

Bure Valley School pupils were encouraged to follow this year’s superhero theme by coming in dressed up as their favourite superhero and donate £1. As well as the popular Superman and Batman, some children chose to dress up as people they admired, such as someone from the World Wildlife Fund.

Lots of the children are superhero fans, so already had dress-up outfits they could wear, while Millie Day from Year 3 had some help from her dad to make her very own Super Millie symbol for the front of her outfit.

Next door at John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery, pupils decided to have a “Patterns for Pudsey” day, with everyone donating £1 to come in wearing stripes, checks and spots.

The teachers also got involved with their own fundraising competition organised by trainee teacher Hannah Simpson.

“Pudsey has bared all to raise money for Children in Need, so this year we decided to give him some privacy by asking the staff to design him some patterned pants,” said Hannah.

There were all sorts of designs, from Christmas themed to tigers, Superteacher and Terry Wogan, but the winning design was a crocheted pink pair, which Hannah wore in the staff room.

In total the school raised £116 for Children in Need.

Pupils at St Michael’s Infant and Nursery School have been saving their pennies over the last few weeks to make penny trail pictures of everything from stars, rockets, butterflies, flowers and, of course, Pudsey Bear.

Headteacher Catherine McMahon said the children were excited about using their pennies to make pictures and that it was a good opportunity to explain the difference between the money they raise for their twin school in Cambodia and the Children in Need charity.

“Some of them were a bit confused about how this was different to the money they raise for the school in Cambodia as they are all ‘children in need’, so it has helped their understanding of giving something away to different causes, especially as they’re able to see all the money they’ve collected laid out on the pictures,” she said.

The children also raised money through donations for the mufti day.

Meanwhile, it’s not just the children who have been “super” this Children in Need. Danielle Gray, activities coordinator at St Michael’s Court Care Home, took up the challenge to cycle for two hours dressed as Superwoman.

We met her just over an hour and 761 calories in and she was going strong despite the “jelly legs”.

“It’s really hard work but several of the residents have been here supporting me from the beginning and are going to stay until I’ve finished,” said Danielle, who, after a short break to recover at the end of the challenge, was due to carry on her shift until 3pm.

“Any amount that we raise will be great, but it’s also about the fun element for the residents. There are other members of staff dressed up as Superman and Batman as well.”

 

Danielle Gray on her sponsored cycle ride at St Michael’s court

Hannah Simpson in her special pants

Hannah Simpson in her special pants

John of Gaunt spot, stripes and checks outfits

John of Gaunt spot, stripes and checks outfits

Bure Valley super heroes

Bure Valley super heroes

Penny trail at St Michael's

Penny trail at St Michael’s

Penny trail at St Michael's

Penny trail at St Michael’s

 

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