Picture Special: Pudsey potty in North Devon

Comic stunts and fund raising across the region for the annual BBC Children in Need.

A fund raising frenzy gripped North Devon on Friday as people across the region organised a variety of activities, fancy dress fun and madcap stunts for the annual BBC Children in Need appeal.

At Petroc in Barnstaple students and staff staged a range of events, from car washing, nail art and cake baking to a sponsored silence, Inga balance board challenge sponsored by Subway – the winner receiving their height in subs plus a Pudsey bear raffle. The college collected �1,468.98 with more still coming in.

Barnstaple rock band No Time This Time carried out a “gigathon” by playing five gigs at five schools in the town over one day, raising a total of �320.

North Devon Council staff once again showed their support for the appeal by raising approximately �640 – Democratic Services held their annual cake sale, Customer Services had a guess-the-name-of-the-bear competition, Revenue and Benefits dressed down while refuse loaders Nick Poole and Darren Oggiano both had their heads shaved.

You may also want to watch:

Barnstaple-based photographer Andy Casey invited Children in Need supporters to pull a face in aid of the charity.

Andy photographed entries at his Paiges Lane studio and asked Britain’s Got Talent finalist Damon Scott to pick the winning gurns at Sunday’s Christmas lights switch on event.

Most Read

The funniest girl award went to Lissy Fowler of Barnstaple, while Marc O’Connor from Combe Martin won funnies boy.

Ben Brewer, from Barnstaple was the funniest adult.

Colleagues at Asda in Bideford took turns to sit is a bath of spaghetti, they ran a tombola stall, had collections at the tills and Pudsey toured the store with a bucket to gather donations. Young Aimee Sussex and Becca Pearce of the St Vincent’s residential home in Northam also set up their stall in the store to sell hand-made ceramics. The result was a collection of �1,200.

Great Torrington School pupils and staff organised and participated in a wide range of fund raising activities for Children In Need.

Mr O’Donnell and his tutor group held a slave auction for pupils to be a slave for the day and raised �160.

Year 11 held a non-school uniform day and all Year 11 tutor groups held their own fund raising activities.

A packed out drama studio was treated to a musical concert from Oli Benson singing for the whole of his dinner break. There was a game of twister in the gym and some brave lads had their legs waxed. Pupils watched staff, including their head teacher, being placed in the stocks and getting a soaking.

The Year 11 fund raising raised a grand total of �1,559.52, with money still coming in.

Others events included: Spot the teacher baby photos; cake sale; Pudsey raffle; spotty nail painting; guess the number of sweets in a jar; sponsored silence; Mrs Hardy make over; and a penalty shoot out.

Staff at Torridge District Council brought in home made cakes to sell and donated more than 50 prizes for a raffle in support of Children in Need. They raised �450.

At the Velvet and Vanilla caf� in Cooper Street, Bideford, owner Michael Hunter offered home made cakes and scones free of charge, inviting donations for Children-in-Need. The caf� raised �23.50.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter