Leeds: Thousands raised for 2012 Children in Need

Customers were given a dancing treat at the M&S store in Pudsey thanks to local group Dance Expose.
Customers were given a dancing treat at the M&S store in Pudsey thanks to local group Dance Expose.
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fundraisers showed their spots to help raise thousands of pounds to support Children in Need.

Shoppers were given a surprise treat when dozens of checkout workers downed their receipts and took part in a flash mob.

Workers from M&S in Pudsey were put through their paces by local dance troupe Dance Exposé, to help fundraise for the annual campaign.

After weeks of rehearsals staff surprised shoppers with unannounced performances to encourage them to dig deep to support Pudsey Bear.

Talented youngsters from a primary school in Armley are joining forces with thousands of school children from across the region to sing during the live televised Children in Need broadcast tonight. (Fri)

Pupils from Castleton Primary were picked to perform as part of a 2,500 strong choir in Sheffield.

Headteacher Judith Norfolk said: “It was amazing to be picked and we were really thrilled.

“The children were all very proud to be taking part and they were very excited to don their Children in Need sweaters.

“They were also very excited about being on television and it is a fantastic opportunity for them.”

Pupils at the school donned their pyjamas for the day on Friday to help raise cash for the appeal which helped to make a difference to children and young people across the country.

Brave staff and residents at Primrose Court Care Home, in Guiseley, faced a barrage of waxing strips to help raise cash for the annual appeal.

Singer Olly Murs also helped boost the tally for the region.

The Troublemaker singer performed alongside a community big band in Leeds Town Hall to raise money for Children in Need last month.

Over the last year Pudsey Bear and friends have supported 21 projects in the city to the tune of £1.3m.

Across Yorkshire more than 140 schemes have benefited from more than £7.2m worth of funding.

Last year, BBC Children in Need raised a record-breaking £46million.

SINGERS: Leeds Male Voice Choir in rehearsal for their charity singsong at Leeds Trinity shopping centre.

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