It's a bathtub of fun with Pudsey
BATHTUBS of beans, children in fancy dress and school teachers swapping classrooms for electric guitars all helped raise money for Children In Need. The annual fundraiser once again saw young and old come up with fun ways to tot up cash.
While many chose to don fancy dress and buy a Pudsey Bear decorated cake or two, for others the day was a more painful experience.
Penwith College students let rip on the leg hairs of male staff at B&Q Penzance who bravely took part in a sponsored wax, while fellow employee Naomi Elliott sat in a bathtub as gleeful colleagues covered her in baked beans. Some £500 was raised throughout the day, which also saw staff take to a pair of exercise bikes for a sponsored cycle.
Also among those joining in with the national cash drive on Friday was Hayle Community School. A mad hair day saw students arrive with many a weird and wonderful 'do', while a cake raffle and lunchtime concert also helped to raise money.
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"A group of teachers put together a band and donations were given to go and see them," said Karen Nicholas, school administration manager.
She added that around £550 was raised and special assemblies were held to explain the serious side to the charity fun.
Every penny made a difference at Sennen Primary School where £64 was raised after children filled the corridors with their spare change. Meanwhile around £70 came in at St Erth Community Primary School where children took part in a non-uniform day.
At Penwith College, staff and students wore fancy dress, enjoyed a cake sale, raffle, face-painting and hair and beauty treatments, all in exchange for donations. First Steps Nursery, based at the Lescudjack Centre and also part of the college, had a wear-your-pyjamas-to-nursery day. A total of £583 was raised.
Team members at Hawkins Hayle raised more than £600 at a charity car wash, with staff stationed at Hayle retail park over six hours offering car washes to members of the public for a minimum donation of £5. Despite the miserable weather, spirits certainly weren't dampened with more than 100 vehicles scrubbed.
To date Hawkins Hayle has raised more than £1,800 for Children in Need in various fundraising activities at the Peugeot dealership.
The efforts made in Penwith helped to add to the massive £26.7 million total raised nationwide, which will be used to support children's projects across the UK.