BRADFORD schools have been urged to take part in this year’s Children in Need ‘Spotacular’ after helping to raise £62,928 for the charity last year.

Since 2015, over 162 schools in Bradford have raised money for the charity, which helps disadvantaged children, year on year.

Lloyds Bank and the BBC run charity has now announced the return of The Big Spotacular’ which will involve schools organising “Pudsey picnics” and other spot themed events.

Schools that register before September 15 via will receive a free fundraising kit, as well as being in with a chance of winning a prize. Nurseries could win a Pudsey Picnic Hamper, primary schools have the chance to win a school visit from Pudsey Bear, the charity’s mascot, and ten secondary schools will win the chance to learn how to broadcast their fundraising news direct from their classrooms with a BBC Children in Need media workshop.

Tanya Rabin, BBC Children in Need Partnership Lead at Lloyds Banking Group said: “We are thrilled at how much local schools in Bradford have raised for BBC Children in Need through the Big Lloyds Bank Spotacular and we hope their success so far will encourage other local schools to join in with The Big Spotacular. The partnership has played an important part of the Group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan, helping tackle disadvantage and improving young people’s lives for the better.”