Children in Need fundraisers across Northamptonshire have been pulling out all the stops to boost the annual charity drive’s total.
Staff at Corby Borough Council pushed their bodies to the limit to raise as much money as they possible. Members of staff at Lodge Park Sports Centre and Corby East Midlands International Pool took part in a 12-hour fitness frenzy from 8am to 8pm on Thursday, November 14.
As a team, participants completed 30,000 crunches, 30,000 press ups, 7,000 pull ups and a 100 mile run
The group of 20 staff also wore t-shirts, with “drop and give me 20” written on the back. This gave customers, for the cost of a £1 donation, the opportunity to tell the participants to literally drop and give them 20 push ups.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “Every year a huge amount of money is raised for Children in Need from people all over the country and it’s fantastic to see that our staff are getting into the spirit of things and going all out to raise as much money as possible for an excellent cause. I’m sure everyone involved will do great and I hope residents and customers will drop in and help them raise lots of money for such a worthy cause.”
First Higham Ferrers Girls Brigade members raised £205 for Children in Need by doing a sponsored walk. It was part of the 125 years of Girls Brigade celebrations.
Staff at Sarah’s Hair and Beauty, in New Post Office Square, Corby, dressed up in pyjamas and onesies while staff at Pure Crafters and Craft Supplies, in Irthlingborough Road, Finedon, wore pyjamas and tutus. Pictured at the Finedon shop is one of the youngest fundraisers, four-week-old Saffyre-Lillie Booth,
Tonight, Friday, the BBC is set to visit Wicksteed Park, Kettering, for a series of live outside broadcasts during Children In Need.
Local fundraisers are being encouraged to turn up on the night, after completing fund-raising events.
There will be face painting and the dodgems, pirate ship and carousel will be open for free rides, in exchange for donation to Children In Need.
During the evening there will be a performance of a choir of 200 local school children. The children are from Masquerade Choir, Kettering Performing Arts, Isham Primary School, Hall Meadow Primary School, Havelock Junior School, St. Peter’s School, Bishop Stopford School, Montsaye Academy.
They will be joining choirs from London, Bath, Belfast, Manchester, Falmouth, Glasgow, Birmingham, Hexham and Merthyr Tydfil, to simultaneously perform Sing by Gary Barlow at 8.30pm on the night, in a performance that will be broadcast across the UK.
Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee said: “We are delighted to be helping with this year’s Children In Need event and are glad to be doing everything we can to support such a worthwhile cause.
“There will be lots of fun things for people to see and do on the night so I would encourage them to come down and support Children In Need.”
Also starting this evening, staff at the Kingfisher pub, in High Street, Wellingborough, are holding a 33-hour non-stop music-a-thon for Children in Need.
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