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Hundreds people from around the county took part in weird and wacky events to help raise money for Children in Need.

More than £31m was raised around the country last Friday, with money still coming in.

The two winners of the cake competition at Astor Court Care Home in Cramlington, Susan Hooper and Gemma Kidd with judge Marshall Sisterson held to raise money for Children in Need 2013. GM025808

The two winners of the cake competition at Astor Court Care Home in Cramlington, Susan Hooper and Gemma Kidd with judge Marshall Sisterson held to raise money for Children in Need 2013. GM025808

And residents – young and old – in Northumberland played their part in raising the money.

Staff and service users at the St John Ambulance Day Centre in Ashington received a surprise visit from Pudsey who helped decorate cupcakes which were sold to visitors and staff.

A spokesperson said: “Everyone was thrilled to see Pudsey and all the staff joined in the spirit of the day by getting dressed up.”

Pudsey also made a surprise visit to pupils at Bede Academy in Blyth, with the giant mascot joining hymn practice to say hello and get lots of cuddles and high-fives from little supporters.

The academy was nominated for a visit by student Ella Milburn’s mum, who works for BT at Longbenton.

The visit pre-empted the academy’s fundraising efforts when staff and parents donated cakes for an after-school stall to raise money for the appeal.

Astor Court and Astor Lodge View Care Home, in Cramlington, held a cake competition for residents, staff, families and local people, while staff wore fancy dress for the day.

Refreshments were served during the day before all the cakes were auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

Care Manager Mandy Mackley was thrilled with the success of the fundraiser. She said: “Everyone who came to the event said that they had a great time and the atmosphere in the home was fantastic. Each year our residents tune in to watch the show so we wanted to contribute to the fundraising too.

“We will definitely be holding charity fundraising events again in the future and are hoping to get the local community involved too.”