Heroes of Leeds swoop in to help Children in Need

Clara Houston from Roundhay Primary School.
Clara Houston from Roundhay Primary School.
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Young superheroes in Leeds made it their mission to raise money to support some of the country’s most vulnerable children.

School children across the city donned their capes and masks as part of their heroics for the annual Children in Need appeal.

Staff at Boots in Trinity Leeds.

Staff at Boots in Trinity Leeds.

Students at Roundhay Primary baked cakes and sweet treats and youngsters from Clapgate Primary took part in their very own Be A Hero competition.

Lisa Brown, office administrator at Roundhay Primary School, said: “Volunteers have helped to set up for the activities and it has been a real community feel.

“I think events like Children in Need helps to give children an appreciation for other people’s circumstances.”

Young fundraisers at Holy Family and St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, in Pontefract, had a special visit from Pudsey Bear.

Aaron Singh and Ameena Hussain from Roundhay Primary School.

Aaron Singh and Ameena Hussain from Roundhay Primary School.

Children dressed up as bears and had their photographs taken with the charity’s mascot

Staff at Boots at Trinity Leeds also got into the fundraising spirit.

Dermot O’Leary is set to step into Sir Terry Wogan’s shoes as Children In Need presenter for tonight’s show (Friday)

The 77-year-old veteran broadcaster pulled out of the show at the last minute on the advice of doctors following a procedure on his back.

Now in its 36th year, Sir Terry said he was “proud” to have been able to host the event in the past, and he will be tuned into the six-and-a-half-hour marathon show.

Sir Terry, BBC Children In Need life president, said: “It was my privilege to present the very first BBC Children In Need in 1980 and it remains a privilege and a pleasure to reflect the extraordinary generosity of the British public.

“For that’s what BBC Children In Need has truly become: the People’s Charity.

“Their pounds, shillings and pence, given so generously, have amounted to an extraordinary total so far of £790 million.”

Since its launch in 1980, Pudsey the Bear and co have raised nearly £800 million for children’s charities in the UK and supports 2,500 projects.

In the last year alone, the charity has helped nearly half a million disadvantaged children.

One Direction and Dame Helen Mirren were among the stars hoping to make this year’s Children In Need the biggest yet.

Other highlights include guests such as former Doctor Who star David Tennant, Sherlock actor Martin Freeman, singer Ellie Goulding performing her new single, and pop star Jess Glynne, who will sing the official BBC Children In Need single, Take Me Home.

There will be an exclusive Star Wars sketch with C-3PO and R2-D2 alongside Star Wars actor Warwick Davis.

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