Comet country raises money for Children in Need

Pudsey Bear

Pudsey Bear

It’s that time of year again where everyone’s favourite bear Pudsey is back for Children in Need today (Friday).

Comet country is playing its part, with events across the area raising funds for the charity, which helps needy children at home and abroad.

In Stevenage, a wrestling event is being held at Shephalbury Park Primary School tomorrow, featuring 10 full-time professional wrestlers.

Doors open at the school in Burydale at 6pm ahead of a 6.30pm start, with all proceeds from ticket sales – priced at £3 each or £10 for a family of four – going to the annual appeal. Email for more information.

Elsewhere in the town, staff at Leeds Building Society will be holding a non-uniform day tomorrow, which includes fancy dress.

Members of the public can make a donation at the branch at Queensway.

Employees at Plandent Ltd, a dental supplier based in Gates Way, Stevenage, are also dressing up on the day, as well as selling cakes, teas and coffees.

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Asda supermarket in Monkswood Way, Stevenage, is hosting The Fitstepathon with Latin and ballroom dance group Fitsteps tomorrow.

Dance teacher Emma Farrier is heading the classes at 10.30am, 11am, midday, 12.30pm, 1pm and 1.30pm, lasting for around 15 minutes each time. Stevenage Football Club’s mascot, Boror Bear will also be making an appearance at 1pm.

Elsewhere, Rev Ann Pollington, the rural dean of Hitchin Deanery and the vicar of churches in St Ippolyts, Great Wymondley and Little Wymondley, is dyeing her hair purple. She will be collecting donations on Saturday between 10am and midday outside the village shop in St Ippolyts.

Children from the Jo Jingles North Herts, a pre-school music group which teaches in Hitchin, Letchworth GC, Shefford and Stotfold, have been raising money by holding a sponsored sing-along all week.

Classes were held on Monday, Thursday and another one will be held today (Friday).

Arlesey Town Football Club is inviting children of all ages – accompanied by a parent or carer – to take a penalty at half-time during the club’s home game on Saturday in return for a donation. There will also be a cake sale in the function room.

Children in Need has raised more than £600 million since launching in 1980.The appeal show airs on BBC One tomorrow from 7.30pm.

If you are holding a fundraising events for the cause, send your photos and the amount raised to