Roadshow hits spot to offer bear necessities

Pudsey was a big hit when he visited Reston Primary School last week.
Pudsey was a big hit when he visited Reston Primary School last week.

BBC Children in Need’s Pudsey bear visited Reston Primary School last week as part of its Big Spotacular Campaign.

The Berwickshire primary was one of only five schools in Scotland to win a visit from the Pudsey roadshow after it signed up to take part in the campaign.

Jumping for joy with Pudsey, these Reston Primary School children were pleased to see the Children in Need bear.

Jumping for joy with Pudsey, these Reston Primary School children were pleased to see the Children in Need bear.

BBC Children in Need, in partnership with the Bank of Scotland for the fundraising campaign, is encouraging schoolchildren and teachers across the UK to go spotty for BBC Children in Need in the weeks leading up to the appeal night. Children and teachers have been dressing in spots, selling spotty cakes and goods and taking part in spotty-themed challenges to raise money.

Ahead of Pudsey’s visit, Reston Primary School was provided with a celebration kit including Pudsey ears, bunting, balloons, stickers and much more to help welcome the Children in Need mascot and turn its premises truly spotty.

Pudsey entertained the children with games, quizzes and music, encouraging them to come up with the most imaginative ways that they can raise money in advance of appeal week.

The children even got the rare opportunity to pose for photographs with the Children in Need mascot.

Pudsey proved a hit with Reston Primary School pupils when he visited the school last week.

Pudsey proved a hit with Reston Primary School pupils when he visited the school last week.

Eilidh Aitchison, administrator at the school, said: “When we ordered our Spotacular fundraising kit, we never expected to win a visit from Pudsey, so this is really exciting for the children here at Reston Primary.

“I’m sure Pudsey will inspire the children to raise lots of money for BBC Children in Need and the Big Spotacular, a Bank of Scotland fundraising campaign.”

Stuart Beaver, director of partnership community programmes at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We have been so inspired by the brilliant fundraising happening in schools across the country, which helps BBC Children in Need support even more disadvantaged children and young people.

“The Pudsey schools roadshow is our way of giving a little back to the schools and children that have contributed so much to this fundraising success.

The Pudsey Schools Roadshow arrived in Reston last week.

The Pudsey Schools Roadshow arrived in Reston last week.

“Our partnership with BBC Children in Need continues to form an important part of the group’s Helping Britain Prosper plan, with tackling disadvantage in local communities one of the ways we’re addressing some of the big issues facing people, businesses and communities in Britain today.”

Jonathan Rigby, director of marketing and fundraising, for Children in Need, added: “What better way to show your support for Children in Need than by joining the Big Spotacular and turning your school spotty during this year’s charity appeal?

“From spotty cake bakes to spotty sports days, spotty sponge throws to spotty fancy dress, we’ve been blown away by the UK’s schools fundraising efforts so far.

“Join the fun, get involved, and together we can help raise more money than ever before for children and young people who need a little help.”

To find out more about the Big Spotacular and request a free fundraising kit, visit www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/schools