Children in Need - your events in Eastwood, Kimberley and district

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People across Eastwood and Kimberley have come together to raise money for Children in Need this week.

The 2014 BBC appeal, which has seen fundraising events taking place across the country, has raised a record-breaking amount for disadvantaged children and young people.

As the annual seven-hour show came to an end at 2am on Saturday, a total of £32,620,469 had been raised, with the final sum expected to be higher once all donations are in.

Residents of Eastwood, Kimberley and the surrounding areas have played their part in helping to reach this total through various fundraising events.

Larkfields Infant School and Hempshill Hall Primary School, in Nuthall, held special non-uniform days, which saw some staff and students dressed as superheroes.

Kitchen staff at the schools also played their parts baking cakes and making Pudsey Bear biscuits.

Larkfields Headteacher Jo Cuthbert said: “Fun, friendship and fundraising have been the recipe for success. Children in Need day is always popular and everyone has entered into the spirit of the occasion.”

At Hempshill, further funds were raised for the charity with a Spanish Café initiative, at which pupils had to order and purchase goods by speaking in Spanish.

Headteacher Helen Ridge praised everyone at the school for helping to raise more than £300 for the charity.

“We have had great fun while helping to support so many worthy causes,” she said.

This year’s BBC Children in Need rickshaw also made its way through Kimberley and Nuthall last Monday (November 10) as part of a 450 mile journey from Salford to ‘Walford’.

‘Team Rickshaw’ cycled along Nottingham Road in Kimberley at about 6pm and Kimberley Road in Nuthall soon after.

Having made its way round the country, the challenge raised around £2.3 million for the charity in total.

BBC Director General Tony Hall, said: “I’m delighted and proud that Children in Need has raised so much money for disadvantaged children this year. I’d like to thank the Great British public for all their donations, and our staff and stars for their hard work over the last few months. I know that the money raised will help make a real difference to children’s lives.”

Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,600 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

For more information about BBC Children in Need please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey.