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Children in Need fundraising in Mole Valley aids a record year

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

By Alexander Robertson alexander.robertson@essnmedia.co.uk

  • Year 6 pupils at St Martin's School RELM20121116A-003_C Photo by Liam McAvoy

  • Pupils at Belmont Preparatory School race with their teddies RELM20121116A-003_C

  • Ellen Blocksidge, Christine Wheatland, Georgia Ray (front) and Luis Moore

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THOUSANDS of pounds was raised across Mole Valley on Friday for Children In Need.

Events were held by schools, churches, businesses and many others as the country joined to help the range of children's charities supported by the BBC appeal.

Among those taking part were staff and pupils at St Martin's Primary School in Dorking, who raised more than £500 by wearing pyjamas during the school day.

Year 6 pupils Cintia Pereira and Grace Emuss suggested with the idea, and designed posters to put up around the school and fliers to send home to parents.

Head teacher Jane Gorecka said: "Every teacher, teaching assistant and child came dressed in their pyjamas for Children In Need.

"At St Martin's we really encourage the children to take initiative for themselves and it is really exciting when they grab opportunities to try to put something back into their world.

"Even the head teacher's speech was given in pyjamas, complete with Pluto slippers. We are really proud of Cintia and Grace."

Meanwhile, Belmont Preparatory School in Holmwood St Mary raised £250 through a cake stall and a teddy bear race.

Pupils were asked to bring in teddy bears from home – and each teddy competed in a obstacle course, perched on a tennis racquet held by their owner.

Staff at Boots in Leatherhead once again showed their support for Children In Need, raising more than £1,300.

The store, which has supported the appeal for 48 years in a row, held "name the bear" and "how many sweets in the box?" competitions, as well as a cake sale.

Manager Steve Dyke said: "I would like to thank all the staff and customers for raising all this money.

"Yet again we are one of the top fundraisers in the area."

The BBC's annual telethon event raised £26.7 million on Friday night – an "on-the-night" record – which is expected to be doubled after all the donations around the country are collected.

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