SCHOOLS, universities and workplaces around the Bradford district are seeing nothing but spots as they raise funds for Children in Need.

A special treat from young students from across the UK will be a focal point of the BBC appeal show.

The children’s choir are set to sing on the night. It will include 1,500 children from schools across Bradford and Calderdale. They will sing a beautiful jazz rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ live on the show, singing in unison from ten different locations.

Meanwhile the University of Bradford will be busy providing the live broadcast for BBC One Yorkshire, Children in Need. Around 20 students and staff will be rigging the Piece Hall in Halifax to get ready for broadcast during the evening’s Look North and into the main Children in Need programme.

Chris Hazell, lecturer in Film & Television, said “It’s a fantastic experience for the students working on real prime-time television during their course, and whilst it’s a lot of hard work on the day, it’s all in a great cause.”

Once again Shipley Golf Club, in Beckfoot Lane, Bingley, are hosting their annual Children in Need golf day. Members and guests will team up to win the event and then wind down for the evening with a dinner and charity auction. After having hosted the charity day for 25 years and raising over £21,000, the club organisers are hoping to raise much more this year.

Students from Shipley College have already done their fair share of fundraising all this week.

From Pudsey prize raffles to bake sales there hasn’t been a shortage of spotty bandana-filled fun. Students and staff have been bringing pennies to help create a huge image of Pudsey’s face as well as plans for a penalty shootout and PJ Friday.

A live performance from the music students is also planned when the total fundraising effort is totalled.

Hoyle Court Primary school, in Fyfe Grove, Baildon, will be showing off cakes and buns that have been baked and decorated by all the students on Friday. The buns will be on display at their hall for teachers to judge and award prizes.

For the third year in a row, Lloyds Banking Group colleagues at the Pudsey Admin Centre in Leeds will be showing their support for BBC Children during the Appeal Night telethon.

Ley Top Primary school are having a non-uniform day. The school is encouraging the students to be creative and create their own spotted T-shirts, and Pudsey ears.

Colleagues will be providing over 1,000 volunteer hours of support on the night to help process donations form the public, with 100 telephone lines pledged and 210 volunteers.

Martin Dodd, Managing Director, telephone banking, at Lloyds Banking Group, said “Through our commitment to Helping Britain Prosper, we’re focussed on helping bring communities together to help them thrive.

“The evening is always a great demonstration of how our colleagues go above and beyond to make a real difference to such great causes.”

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