Children in Need in Chichester

Staff at Budgens in Selsey dressed up and sold cakes to raise money for Children in Need, Rachael Barber, left, Matt Nicholas as Bananaman, and Marion Jackson..Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131544-4
Staff at Budgens in Selsey dressed up and sold cakes to raise money for Children in Need, Rachael Barber, left, Matt Nicholas as Bananaman, and Marion Jackson..Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131544-4
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IT WAS a day for heroes on Friday, as people throughout the Chichester area grouped together for Children in Need.

More than £31m was raised nationally and fundraisers around the area were quick off the mark.

City shoppers were stopped in their tracks on Friday morning by pupils from Fordwater School busking by the Cross.

“It’s really good for the children to take part in fundraising for others,” said head teacher Sue Meekings. “They really enjoyed it.”

So far, the school has raised more than £600 from its performance.

Boxgrove Primary School held a sponsored skip, which saw pupils hopping enthusiastically to raise money.

Meanwhile, it was a day for superheroes for two other schools in the area with both Emsworth Primary School and Parklands Primary School, in Chichester, seeing students don fancy dress costumes for the day.

“All the children and the staff came in non-school uniform and wearing something spotty, with lots of characters,” said Laura Newton, from Emsworth Primary School.

“Some of them came in pyjamas. Some of them came as characters from television shows.”

She said Superman, Spiderman and many others all made appearances, managing to raise £274.

Superheroes were also hoping to save the day at the Parklands Primary School.

Teaching assistant Emma Hudson said: “All pupils and staff dressed up as superheroes in aid of this year’s theme showing that everyone can be a hero, no matter how small.

“They also brought in any loose change that they had to see how far their money could go – literally.

“It went on for 84 metres. The superheroes put their super powers to the test in the afternoon when they had an assault course they had to complete in the fastest time possible with each class working as a team.

“At the end of the day, to round off the fantastic fundraising, they had a cake sale where all the proceeds went towards the fantastic final total of £701.52.

“A massive thank you from all the staff to every family for being so generous.”

See this week’s Observer (November 21), for a full picture spread.