Some of the staff (and pets) dressed up for Children In Need at The Gables.

Pudsey power ruled as many West Norfolk schools, businesses and organisations raised money for the BBC Children In Need appeal.

Covid restrictions failed to dampen spirits as socially-distanced events were still held to help children and young people across the UK.

Friday saw visits from Pudsey Bear to schools, pupils dressed up  and there was lots of games and activities.

Howard Junior School at Gaywood raised a record £760.42 from its event. Children at Holly Meadows School in Pott Row raised £150 while Denver Primary School netted £195.76 from a non-uniform day and the sale of Pudsey biscuits.

The Gables residential home in Dersingham held a fundraising fun and games party.

Staff wore costumes or pyjamas and organised games including seeing if residents could identify  photographs of staff as babies.  

There was a 50p donation for each event and £290 was raised.

Staff and students at the College of West Anglia’s Childhood Studies department raised more than £570. 

They used the appeal’s theme “Act Your Age” to undertake a series of challenges using their ages. Some climbed 16 flights of stairs, Jodie Everitt completed 16 jumps on her horse, Amber Buckley walked 16km and Caitlin Dennis, Lizzie Baker and Lizzy Curry baked fundraising cupcakes for their families to raise money. Libby Bingham held a cake raffle and raised £203. 

Lecturer Sophie Brearley said: “I am so proud of all of the level 3 childhood studies students, they have all undertaken challenges to raise money for Children In Need – superb effort.”