StaffsLive’s round-up of Children In Need events in Staffordshire


Staffs Police rowingThousands of residents across Staffordshire are pulling together all in the name of Children In Need.

Dressing up, baking cakes, and shaving legs are some of the crazy antics some people are involved in today (November 15).

Here’s StaffsLive’s latest round-up of Children In Need events across the county happening today (November 15):

Burton Rugby Football Club are holding an event tonight at 6.30pm to raise money in Peel Croft, Burton. Activities include tombola, face painting, cake stalls and matches, which kick off at 7pm.

Staffordshire Police Chief Constable Mike Cunningham and Assistant Chief Constable Julian Blazeby, are doing a marathon static row. The event is going on all day and they are hoping all staff will take part.

Staffordshire University’s OMG (One Media Group), based in Stoke-on-Trent, are doing a 36-hour radio broadcast hoping to raise £300. The broadcast started at 10am.

Carey Hadgraft, station manager of OMG, said: “The 36-hour broadcast is something that has been previously set up as a 24 hour event, but we want to go one better.

“We all want to get behind this great charity, I have every faith in my team that it’s going to be a real success.”

Head down to the Rosliston Forestry Centre in Burton where they are holding an annual event known as a ‘South Pole Stroll’.

More than 100 members of staff at the Npower call centre in Burton will be taking donations during tonight’s BBC coverage.

Staff at insurance company Ageas will see how much heat they can handle by taking part in a chilli-eating contest at its Trentham Lakes offices.

Haywood School students in Burslem will be dressing up in their finest onesies and baking cakes.

Sixth formers at Blythe Bridge High School are dressing up as superheroes.

Staffs and children at First Steps Nursery, based at Stoke-on-Trent College, are having a pyjama party.

Currys stores around Staffordshire are selling Children in Need wristbands. A store in Staffordshire raised £300 after male staff shaved their legs.

Members of Chase Leisure Centre and Rugeley Leisure Centre are tackling a 15-hour charity cycling challenge.

They’ll be taking 30 minute slots on exercise bikes for over 15 hours for BBC Children In Need between 7am-10pm.

In other events this week, Pudsey Bear visited the University Hospital of North Staffordshire yesterday (November 14) to say hello to the children.

A staff member said: “It lit up the children’s face, seeing a national hero.”

Staff at Johnsons Dry Cleaners in Hanley have raised £140 for the cause.

BBC The One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker pedalled through Staffordshire on Tuesday (November 12) as part of their gruelling 700-mile cycle tour.

Also on Tuesday, residents in Stafford flocked down to the Market Square to take part in a ‘flash-mob’ dance.

Tonight’s BBC coverage stars Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Zoe Ball, who will play host to the biggest names in music, comedy, and entertainment.

Children In Need 2013 BBC1, 7.30pm, 10.35pm; BBC2, 10pm.

(Additional reporting by Richard Scott)

(Pic courtesy of Staffordshire Police)


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