Pudsey Bear and pals aim high for Children in Need

MP Stuart Andrew abseils down the M&S building at the Owlcotes Centre to raise money for Children in Need.
MP Stuart Andrew abseils down the M&S building at the Owlcotes Centre to raise money for Children in Need.
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Fundraisers pulled out the stops in Leeds to help raise thousands of pounds for the appeal. Laura Bowyer reports

Fearless adrenaline junkies took the plunge and abseiled from a Leeds supermarket roof to help this year’s national Children in Need Appeal.

Around 50 members of staff from M&S, in Pudsey, made it down the side of the Owlcotes Centre alongside local MP Stuart Andrew.

Commuters at Leeds train station, who preferred to keep their feet firmly on the ground, enjoyed a musical treat from semi-pro saxophonist Will Forrester who performed for 14 hours.

Last year his 12-hour effort raised at least £2,600 but now he is on course to smash the £3,000 barrier.

Youngsters at Moor Allerton Hall Primary patrolled the corridors and served up lunch for a fundraising topsy-turvy day.

Pupils at the school became teachers, caretakers and the headteacher for the day while teachers were forced to dress as pupils.

Businessman Mr Sandwich, aka Sayeed Siadatan, used his loaf to create Britain’s biggest bap in Pudsey bus station.

Meanwhile Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis added his own special sprinkling of magic for the appeal that was televised live from Pudsey.

He was on hand with Pudsey Bear to help flick the switch for the town’s Christmas lights.

MP Stuart Andrew, who represents Pudsey, spearheaded the campaign to get the loveable charity mascot home for the first time in nearly two decades.

He said: “So many local people have pulled out all the stops for his homecoming and so far Pudsey has raised a staggering £24,000 and counting.

Children in Need has raised at least £600m to fund grants to projects in the country which focus on disadvantaged children and young people.

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