Children in Need shenanigans

BAKED beans, body hair and fancy dress will all feature in fund-raising shenanigans for Children in Need.

BAKED beans, body hair and fancy dress will all feature in fund-raising shenanigans for Children in Need.

The BBC's annual appeal, which culminates tomorrow (Fri), provides the ideal opportunity for people to hold weird and wonderful events to raise money for a good cause - and this year is no different.

Chris Bloxham, of Bloxham and Barlow, will sit in a bath full of baked beans for six hours outside his estate agency in High Street, Worle.

A power tool challenge will be taken on by carpentry apprentices and staff members at the Business Enterprise Centre at Weston College.


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It will be a bad hair day for pupils at Mendip Green First School, Worle, and a similar theme will be followed by 26-year-old Nick Coles, from Weston, who will be having a body wax to raise cash.

Drivers stopping off at Sedgemoor Service Station on the M5 will be asked to spare a penny when they spend a penny and those looking for a new car at three Ford dealerships in Weston will be greeted by staff in fancy dress.

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Visitors to the Weston Youth Centre in Coleridge Road and The Riverside Inn, Cheddar, will be able to enjoy a day of activities including a penalty shootout and games of Twister.

Sander's GardenWorld in Brent Knoll will also be holding a day dedicated to the charity's cuddly mascot, Pudsey Bear.

Fund-raisers will also be able to bring their cheques to the garden centre, where presenters from BBC Somerset will be filming a live broadcast tomorrow morning.

Last year's appeal, which runs throughout the 12 months, raised around £33million and all the money goes towards helping disadvantaged children in the UK.

The money is given out in grants to organisations working with children who may have mental or physical disabilities, behavioural problems, or those living in poverty or suffering from distress or abuse.

If you would like to pledge some of your cash visit the website at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/index.shtml to find out how.

Send in pictures of your Children in Need fundraising event to newsdesk@thewestonmercury.co.uk

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