YOUNG people and adults across the Advertiser and Review region baked cakes and wore silly clothes to support young people less fortunate than themselves last week.
>> Throughout the week, leading up to last Friday’s Children in Need, little ones at The Welsh Lane Day Nursery near Stowe baked biscuits and cakes and sold them to parents. Then on Friday they held a special bacon buttie breakfast and helped raise £250.
Nursery deputy manager Sam Whitehead said she was impressed by the children who managed to package and sell a large number of cakes and that most parents attended the breakfast.
They also decorated a Pudsey Bear with silver coins which were later donated to CIN.
Ms Whitehead added: “It was such a great success, Pudsey was pretty shiny by the end.”
>> Firefighters in Bicester coned off a section of Queens Avenue to collect donations from passing motorists.
Later fire crews thrilled pupils at the Child First Nursery in Launton Road when they escorted Pudsey Bear during an impromptu tour of the nursery. Manager Andrea Leonard estimates they raised up to £100 by selling biscuits and cakes and making donations for fancy dress.
Mrs Leonard said: “The kids were really surprised and excited when the firemen turned up with Pudsey.”
>> Children at the Montesorri Nursery in Tingewick raised just under £100 during a day of fundraising. The week before CIN, children baked 150 fairy cakes which they sold to parents, grand parents and friends.
Nursery owner Felicity Fenemore said: “Children really enjoyed decorating the cakes, but I think more sweets went in their mouths than in the cakes.”
>> Meanwhile managers of Waitrose stores in Buckingham and Brackley gritted their teeth to raise money for CIN by having their legs waxed. They agreed to the waxing, alongside the Daventry branch manager, after a suggestion by their regional manager.
Buckingham manager Darren Kimber said although they were apprehensive, they had the incentive of knowing the branch which raised the most would witness the regional manager having his legs waxed.
Mr Kimber said the first strip hurt the most but praised Kat Henderson from Body Matters for finishing the job in 20 minutes
>> Some of the students at The Cooper School in Bicester did not have to worry about getting ready for school on Friday when they made donations to CIN for wearing their pyjamas.
They were joined in fundraising by students taking part in the annual non-uniform day and a host of other activities including cake sales, talent shows and sponsored events.
Some of the staff supported fundraising by dressing up as nuns.
School business manager Steve Cook said: “This year the school hopes to smash all previous records for amounts raised and is confident the final figure will be around £2,000.
“One intrepid student is undertaking a sponsored 30-mile cycle ride tomorrow. Josh Green has already been sponsored to the tune of £400 and hopes to raise more.”
>> Catering staff at The Buckingham School also got behind the fund raising by baking a Pudsey cake which was raffled away for 20p a ticket.
School spokesman Claire Sherwood said: “The catering staff worked extremely hard and seeing the faces on the children when they saw what the team had done made it all worthwhile.”
Children also made donations to wear heir own clothes to school for the day and raised £65 for CIN.
Linda Golding and Cathy Bennett made and decorated the cake and Mrs Bennett is pictured with raffle winner Liam Anderson of year eight with his friends.
>> The Royal Latin School staff and pupils in Buckingham raised over £1,325 for CIN by holding a spots and stripes non-uniform day with events including a treasure hunt organised by Year Eight form and students paying to watch a Year Nine boy have his legs waxed.
Assemblies were held each day during the week, led by the deputy head boy and girl, designed to raise awareness of the Children in Need charity and mark anti-bullying week.
On the night, the national Children in Need event on the BBC raised £26 million for charity.