Organisations across St Neots donned their spotty costumes to raise hundreds of pounds for Children in Need on Friday.

Margaret Street and Pudsey at St Mary's Church, in Buckden.Margaret Street and Pudsey at St Mary's Church, in Buckden.

St Neots Round Table took to the streets to collect money on Friday night and raised £410.41.

“We want to thank everyone who put their hands in their pockets and all the bars and pubs of St Neots who allowed us to collect, with some landlords even treating Pudsey to some refreshment along the way,” said Chris Lawrence from the round table.

Children from Crosshall Infants School managed to raise £472 after pupils and staff came to school dressed in spots. Donations were placed on some artwork of Pudsey.

“All the children really enjoyed participating,” said Vanessa Parker from the school.

Children in Need fundraising at Crackerjacks nursery in Eaton Socon. Picture: ARCHANTChildren in Need fundraising at Crackerjacks nursery in Eaton Socon. Picture: ARCHANT

A Pudsey event at St Mary’s Church, in Buckden, held on November 10, raised £200. More than 40 children and adults met Pudsey bear and enjoyed a sing-along with ventriloquist Chris Bylett and his dummy Charlie.

“The children and adults seem to have a lovely time meeting Pudsey and Charlie and it was nice to raise some money for a good cause,” said Brian King who helped to organise the event.

Crosshall Junior School attempted to set a Guinness world record for the most number of people in one room to simultaneously draw a picture of Pudsey bear. On the day, 484 pupils and staff took part and the school is waiting to hear from the record book to find out if the attempt will be verified.

“The children did a brilliant job and they were so excited to be a part of it and to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause,” said Arty Speroni from the school.

St Neots Round Table collected money for Children in NeedSt Neots Round Table collected money for Children in Need

Pupils and staff also took part in a non-uniform day and wore spotty clothing and managed to raise £800.

Staff and children at the Cracker Jacks Day Nursery, in St Neots, dressed in spotty clothes and were encouraged to come with ‘crazy hair’.

“It was good fun and the childen enjoyed seeing the staff dressed up and out of uniform,” said pre-school room leader Sarah Beck. The nursery raised £64.