Friday, 20 October 2017

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SCHOOLS in and around Henley raised money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal on Friday.

SCHOOLS in and around Henley raised money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal on Friday.

Children and adults dressed in pyjamas and onesies, sold cakes, held collections and even washed cars.

The total raised across the country this year was more than £31 million, a new record.

Badgemore primary in Henley raised £101.29p as children and teachers came to school wearing their pyjamas, dressing gowns and onesies.

Children at St Mary’s School in Henley adopted a theme of “wear spots and raise lots” and paid £1 to come dressed in spotted clothes. They also bought wristbands and held an after-school cake sale, raising a total of £334.50.

Students at The Henley College raised almost £150 with a collection. Amy Allan, Eleanor Salt and Sami Edris and other members of the students’ union, dressed in onesies and rattled collection tins.

Principal Tom Espley said: “Congratulations to the students involved in raising money for such an important cause and thank you to everyone who made a donation.”

A car wash held at Peppard Primary School raised £180 for Children in Need and £120 for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

The whole school dressed in spots and stripes on Thursday and Friday last week. Headteacher Nick Steele said: “They had a smashing two days with every child taking part. At the end all 10 foundation stage kids were washing my car.

“It has been great for the school with children, parents and staff pulling together.”

All the proceeds had been due to go to Children in Need but the school council made a late decision to allocate some of the money raised to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Mr Steele said: “With things like that it’s very important that the kids have their voice. I left it up to them and they decided £2 from every car wash, which cost £5 each, would go to the typhoon appeal.”

Fourteen children at Kidmore End Pre-School raised £20. They dressed in spotty clothes, made spotty pictures and spotty biscuits and coloured a picture of Pudsey Bear. The staff and parent-helper Emma Hawker also dressed in spots.

Children at Caversham Prep held a cake sale at break time, which raised £294.83.

Friends and parents attended a “Caversham Prep Rocks” concert in which all the children performed their favourite pop and rock songs while dressed as stars including Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and One Direction. The teachers performed a special rendition of Jessie J’s Price Tag.

Year 2 teacher Andrea Haines said: “I was extremely impressed with the enthusiastic performances by the children — they worked hard to make it an entertaining show for us all.” Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning staged a “common room swap” in which the junior pupils were allowed to pay for the privilege of taking over the sixth form centre with its café and snooker tables. This raised £205.

The school also received a visit from Pudsey the bear, the appeal mascot, and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Tony Blackburn.

Musicians Roy Featherstone and Baz Rosier raised £249 by performing a selection of well-known country and rock ’n’ roll songs and ballads for customers at Toad Hall garden centre in Henley.

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