Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

30 Years of Helping Kids in Need

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

30 Years of Helping Kids in Need

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FROM sitting in a bath of baked beans to hauling an eight tonne fire engine across ICI Wilton, the last 30 years have brought out Teesside's big heart.

For just over three decades ago, the BBC broadcast its first telethon style Children In Need night - and our region has supported the charity appeal all the way.

From non-uniform days in schools to cake baking and fancy dress, generous Teessiders have done it all to raise money.

And as a delve into our picture archive shows, the wacky, the wonderful and the downright weary have also been put together especially for Children in Need.

Nineteen years ago, 14 firemen from A, C and E shifts at ICI Wilton volunteered to haul their eight tonne engine across the site.

Almost an hour of sheer hard graft paid off though with pounds 2,000 swelling the Children in Need coffers as a result.

And back in 1998, Stockton and Billingham college lecturer Linda Hodgeman took the plunge - straight into a bath of baked beans to raise money for the appeal.

The college, now Stockton Riverside College, together with Bede Sixth Form in Billingham, continues to support the event - this year they've got a whole host of fundraising activities planned.

"Our Life Skills programmes are doing lots of fundraising," says a spokeswoman at the college.

"They are holding stalls, a raffle, tombola, jars with guess how many sweets, a sponsored silence and they are baking a Pudsey cake.

"At Bede Sixth Form they're paying pounds 1 to come to college in fancy dress for the day, they're also having a cake sale - and a sponsored waxing."

Five years ago, youngsters at Middlesbrough's Kader Primary School got a treat in the shape of Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear. The famous teddy dropped in as pupils learned about children's rights to coincide with the appeal.

In 2003, 17 workers at the Rycroft garage squeezed into a Smart car to see if they could break the world record of 16 - and raise money for Children in Need at the same time. …

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