Fundraisers left seeing spots before their eyes

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HUNDREDS of fundraisers across south east Northumberland got dressed up, baked cakes and took part in all manner of challenges in aid of the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

More than 150 people attended a fundraising event at Pegswood Community Project, in Longhirst Road, helping raise £300.

The crowds enjoyed face-painting, Pudsey Bear-themed arts and craft sessions, raffles and tombolas as well as a singalong with the community choir 20,000 Voices.

Across in Guidepost, children at the pre-school group at Ringway First School raised £210.

The youngsters dressed in spotty clothing and baked Pudsey-shaped biscuits.

Staff and students at Astley High School in Seaton Delaval held a non-uniform and mad hair day, raising £500.

Members of the Stryke Freestyle Martial Arts Club took part in a karate marathon at the Buffalo Community Centre in Blyth, raising £412 by performing 6,000 martial arts techniques in an hour.

Eileen Cartie, the centre’s manager, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and shows just how much commitment and hard work this group of young people are prepared to give.”

The Children in Need fundraising extravaganza raised a record on-the-night total of £26m nationwide.

The total sum was confirmed as £26,332,334, – £8m more than the amount raised last year.