Children in Need round-up

SMOOTH SOLUTION: Staff at Barclays Bank in St Neots raised £1,500 for Children in Need after waxing the legs and chests of male employees. A total of nine male staff members volunteered to have their legs waxed and one man opted for a chest wax. Zoe Arn

SMOOTH SOLUTION: Staff at Barclays Bank in St Neots raised £1,500 for Children in Need after waxing the legs and chests of male employees.

A total of nine male staff members volunteered to have their legs waxed and one man opted for a chest wax.

Zoe Arnold, customer advisor at Barclays Bank in St Neots, said: "It went well and was really good fun. One gentleman had to take a break halfway through his leg wax because the pain was just too much for him. Customers were coming in and patting the men on the back for taking part in such a painful experience and the men couldn't wait to have a beer afterwards to make them feel manly again."

They raised £750, which was matched by Barclays Bank.

* ROCKING FOR CHARITY: A 12-hour rock event held at the Floods Tavern in St Ives raised £400 for Children in Need and attracted more than 100 people.

Twelve Cambridgeshire-based rock bands, including Third Party, 9Foldpunch and Solvent UK, played 45 minute slots throughout the day.

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Kelly Gifford, manager at the Floods Tavern, said: "It was a huge success people all over ages turned out to enjoy the music. Everyone seemed to have a great time and the place was packed."

The event took place from midday to midnight with all the bands playing for free.

* CARING HEARTS: Girls dressed up as pyjama princesses and boys as monster kings at Thongsley Fields Primary and Nursery School on Friday and raised £141 for Children in Need.

Staff also got into the spirit of things with teacher Martin Jones dressing up as a werewolf to help raise funds.

The event was organised by 10-year-old pupil Pamela Ellington, who has organised the event for the past three years, and her friend Shannon Fox. Between them they collected money from all 258 school pupils and even made biscuits to be sold at break time.

A Children in Need poem was also written by nine-year-old Lauren Whitham to raise awareness of the importance of the yearly event.

* Living in a box for CIN!: STUDENTS and staff from Abbey College in Ramsey paid £1 to inflict unimaginable pain on some male teachers who had their legs waxed and raised £2,500 for Children in Need.

Teachers Tim Cliss and Tim Wilson, bravely put themselves forward for the ordeal.

Other fundraising events included a non-uniform day, a raffle, buskers, fairground games and dancers.

Sixteen-year-old, Ashley Nokes, who is 6ft 3in tall, came up with a novel way of raising money. He stayed in a box for three hours.

Afterwards he said: "It was rather cramped and there wasn't much to do, but I was able to catch up on a bit of coursework."

The events were organised by a group of Year 12 Abbey College students.

Speaking for the organising committee, Holly Edlin said: "It has been a brilliant day, far better than we thought it could be when we set out to plan the events three weeks ago. We set ourselves a target of £2,500 and, although not all the money has been collected yet, we are confident that we have exceeded this. And we've still got a fundraising concert to come next week."

* THE HAPPY COUPLE: A St Ives couple who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last Thursday refused any gifts and instead collected £145 for Children in Need.

Cyril, 82, and June Reed, 77, first met when Cyril was in the Royal Navy and June was working in an office in the Orkney Islands.

They were married on November 16, 1946, at St Ives Register Office and when the ceremony was over they jumped on a train to Dorothy's Cafe in Cambridge for their wedding meal.

When asked about the success of a long and happy marriage, Cyril said: "The secret is to give her lots of TLC and keep the romance alive with kisses, flowers, poems and playing our special song, When I fall in Love by Nat King Cole."

The couple, who have four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, celebrated their wedding anniversary by holding a party for their family and friends and collecting money for Children in Need.

Cyril and June are pictured celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.


* LITTLE BRITAIN: VICKI Pollard, Mickey Mouse, Captain Hook and Peter Pan descended on St Neots Community College on Friday to raise £700 for Children in Need.

Sixth formers dressed up as Little Britain characters, including Andy and Lou and Daffyd, the only gay in the village, as well as Disney characters including Sleeping Beauty and the pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow.

One hundred balloons, supplied by Cross Keys Cards in St Neots, were also released to raise funds.

Other year groups took part in a sponsored quiz and a sponsored silence.

Little Acorns pre-school children took part in a sponsored teddy bear hunt, a pyjama party, made Pudsey biscuits and raised more than £170.

* SKY-HIGH SUM: A summer charity day at Little Gransden Airfield raised more than £10,000 for Children in Need.

The Charity Air and Car Show 2006, which recorded the best attendance records in the event's history, takes place each year at Fuller's Hill Farm.

And each year the event raises more and more for charity. This year's total - £10,121 - was handed over to Look East presenter Stewart White on Friday at the Imperial War Museum,


* TAKING A BREAK: Pudsey takes a well earned break after his busy fundraising activities and relaxes with a copy of The Hunts Post.

Propping himself up against The Hunts Post offices Pudsey rests his feet after racing round to all the different fundraising events taking place in aid of Children in Need on Friday.