Schools, businesses and groups across the Melton borough stepped up to raise money for this year’s Children in Need appeal on Friday.
The annual fundraiser saw a range of events going on to raise money – from cake sales and fancy dress days, to challenges and talent competitions.
This year the charity asked people to dress up as their childhood hero to help make a difference to young lives – and that was the theme taken to heart by many fundraisers.
St Mary’s Primary School pupils all dressed up as their favourite superheroes and paid £1 for the privilege. Each class held a bake sale and took part in mask making and descriptive hero writing. The school raised a magnificent £484.65.
Children and staff at St Francis Primary School, had their own non-uniform day on Friday, costing £1, and raising £236 for Children in Need.
Youngsters at The Grove Primary School raised £300 for the charity by selling delicious cakes and having a spotty non-uniform day.
Spots were also the order of the day at Swallowdale Primary School where children were encouraged to wear spotty clothes or accessories to show their support. A big bake sale was also held which raised over £400.
Children at Redmile Primary School brought their injured cuddly toys to school on Friday to raise money for Children in Need. They managed to raise over £136.
All the pupils at Sherard Primary School attended in pyjamas. The school also held its very own ‘S’ Factor talent competition, culminating in Friday’s grand final. Over £250 was raised for Children in Need.
Superheroes was the theme of a non-uniform day held at Asfordby Captain’s Close Primary School on Friday which raised £467.82. Some of the children also opted to gain sponsorship for giving something up for the week.
Likewise, St Peter’s Primary School pupils in Wymondham donated funds to come to school in their superhero costumes. A cake sale and guess the name of the teddy bear competition was also held. Overall the school raised £98.20.
Staff and students at Melton Vale Post 16 Centre (MV16) dressed up as their favourite childhood heroes. During lunchtime an MV16 talent show was also held. The sixth form raised £600.
John Ferneley College put on a non-uniform day for students. They raised £2,080 for Children in Need and Cystic Fibrosis.
Long Field Academy raised over £600 for Children in Need by holding a non-uniform day, selling cakes and the heads of house created their own superhero costumes to represent each house.
Stathern Primary School held a cake sale and the children dressed as their favourite superheroes. A total of £96.27 was raised.
Melton’s Weight Watchers group braved the weather on Friday and walked around the town with collection buckets. They managed to collect a massive £202.
Employees at Hallmark Consumer Services raised money for the charity by wearing pyjamas to work, hosting an indoor picnic and having a prize raffle. The company raised £250 for Children in Need.
The local events featured in this story are ones which the Melton Times was made aware of at the time of going to press.
For more photos visit the Melton Times website to view a slideshow of all fundraising events.