Children in Need 2013: Harrogate fundraising fun

Pupils and staff at Roseville Day Nursery in Harrogate (s)
Pupils and staff at Roseville Day Nursery in Harrogate (s)
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Schools, businesses and shops across Harrogate district are throwing themselves into fundraising fun for Children in Need.

Is your office in fancy dress? Maybe pupils and teachers at your school are involved in raising funds.

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To get everyone ready, here are a few events taking place:

Police officers will be using their days off and specialist training to break down doors for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal - and members of the public are being invited to join them.

The force’s ‘Method of Entry’ trainers, who train police officers in how to gain access to a secure property, plan to burst open as many doors as possible with their ‘Big Red Key’ - the implement used to force open a door.

Members of the public can also have a go at ‘opening’ a door in return for a £1 donation. Anyone who wants to take part will be given protective clothing, on-the-spot training, and will be asked to sign a disclaimer.

The event will take place in the force’s training area at North Yorkshire Police HQ, Newby Wiske Hall, Northallerton. To have a go, visit the HQ between 10am and 4pm today.

There will be lots going on at Booths in Ripon to raise as much money as possible for Children In Need.

Staff will be wearing fancy dress today and will attempt an exercise bike challenge at the front of store from 8am to 8pm. There’ll be a ‘Find the Pudseys’ competition for children and a cake sale.

On Saturday, the store will have a tasting table, alongside a biscuit decorating table for children.

Harrogate College is holding a British Bake Off-style competition.

Entrants are being asked to design and decorate the most outrageous and crazy cake for Children in Need. Cakes can be home-made or bought but the decorating has to be the entrants’ own work.

Taking place in the Metro Restaurant, the contest is open to all students and staff across the college.

A team of cyclists rode through Wetherby last week as part of an 85-mile charity journey across Yorkshire.

The fundraisers, who all work for the post office, set off from the Pudsey branch to travel to Hull on a route shaped like Pudsey Bear’s ears.

On the way, they visited branches in Bradford, Wetherby, Market Weighton and Hull with Pudsey in tow along with BBC star Warren Brown, who popped in to take part in proceedings hosted by each post office.

For their part, staff at Wetherby Post Office raised money by hosting a superhero dress-up day in line with the Be A Hero theme of BBC Children in Need 2013.

The post office team had raised over £2,000 online by the time they set off, and they added to that through donations in the branches on the day.

Five estate agents are going for a spin today to raise money for Children in Need.

Alison Reilly, Andy Skelton, Michelle Armour, Emma Bennett and Amelia Marr, who all work for Dacre Son & Hartley, will be pedalling a spinning bike for a total of six hours at the firm’s Pateley Bridge office.

Sales negotiator Alison, who has organised the event, said: “We are installing a spinning bike in the office and each of us will be spinning for just over an hour. Anyone who has been to a spinning class knows how demanding it is, but all five of us are going to do our best to complete the task and raise as much money as possible for Children in Need.

“Anyone who wants to come into the office and support us on the day is more than welcome. We hope to raise between £500 and £1,000 and are keen to garner the support of the local community here in Pateley.”

The spinning challenge will take place between 10am and 4pm.

Avid video gamers Chris Needham and Chris Mawson have thought of the perfect way of raising money for Children in Need - by taking part in a sponsored 24-hour gaming ‘marathon’.

This weekend, they’ll be sitting down in front of a Playstation 3 console to see how much they enjoy gaming for 24 hours straight. They’ll be

setting up two TVs and consoles side by side to allow for individual, competitive and co-operative play, and are hoping to stream the entire event online.

Chris Needham, 25, is from Boston Spa and is a former pupil of the village. This will be his second attempt at such a challenge, as he raised £250 in 2011 for charity through a similar event.

Chris Mawson, also 25, lives in Chapel Allerton and is a former Wetherby High pupil.

Their fundraising page is at http://www.justgiving.com/PUGMarathon

Staff at branches of the Leeds Building Society in Harrogate and Boston Spa are holding a non-uniform or fancy dress day today in return for a £2 donation to Children in Need.

Members of the public will also be able to make a donation towards Children in Need at the branches

Children and staff at Roseville Day Nursery in Harrogate have been having a onesie or PJ week to help raise money for Children in Need.

They will finish the week by holding a teddy bears picnic today.

Police officers will be using their days off and specialist training to break down doors for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal - and members of the public are being invited to join them.

The force’s ‘Method of Entry’ trainers, who train police officers in how to gain access to a secure property, plan to burst open as many doors as possible with their ‘Big Red Key’ - the implement used to force open a door.

Members of the public can also have a go at ‘opening’ a door in return for a £1 donation. Anyone who wants to take part will be given protective clothing, on-the-spot training, and will be asked to sign a disclaimer.

The event will take place in the force’s training area at North Yorkshire Police HQ, Newby Wiske Hall, Northallerton. To have a go, visit the HQ between 10am and 4pm today.