Friends in need lend helping hand

PUBLISHED: 13:34 22 November 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 12 May 2010

Eyes down for a gunging at Meridian School

Eyes down for a gunging at Meridian School

CHILDREN at Westmill Nursery raised £80 at their Children In Need home bakery sale. All week the children prepared for the event by inviting village residents to the sale and making some goodies to sell. They made cheese and potato pasties, monkey muffins

It’s fancy dress time at Buntings Nursery and right, monkey business afoot at Roysia Middle School

CHILDREN at Westmill Nursery raised £80 at their Children In Need home bakery sale.

All week the children prepared for the event by inviting village residents to the sale and making some goodies to sell.

They made cheese and potato pasties, monkey muffins and Pudsey bear biscuits.

Supervisor and proprietor Lorraine Pike, said: "The children have had a fantastic and very busy week. It's important for them to understand that they are able to lend a helping hand while having fun to help others who are not as fortunate as ­themselves.

Left: Teatime at Westmill Nursery, and right Bassingbourn Primary School cyclists.

"Throughout the week the children have also learned some new safety skills when handling cooking utensils, so hopefully they will be able to continue cooking at home."

Parents donated a plate of cakes for each of the children to sell.

Children at Buntings Nursery in Buntingford enjoyed a tea party.

They paid £2 each to wear fancy dress for the day while the nursery leaders took part in a word game, paying a penalty if they said certain words.

Co-owner of the nursery Emma Edwards, said: "We had a lovely day, the children really enjoyed it.

"We sat some of the older ones down in the morning and had a talk about Children In Need so they were fully aware of what we were doing."

Overall the nursery raised £165 for Children in Need.

At Meridian School in Royston there were cries of I'm a teacher, get me out of here! as they were faced with some scary bush tucker trials.

Students organised the gruesome event in which the teachers were split into male and female teams.

The female teachers dared to put their hands into buckets of disgusting fluids and pull out stars, while the male teachers had to submerge their faces into vats of slimy liquid including custard and semolina before retrieving the stars.

Year 13 tutor Roy Milne said: "The losing teachers from each team were then put head to head to see who would be gunged."

Students paid an entrance fee to the event where they made a bid to get their favourite teachers covered in gunk - and the loser was Sandra Cass.

A total of £124.86 was raised on the day for Children In Need.

Six pupils from Bassingbourn ­Primary School raised £500 by ­completing a 10-mile cycle ride around Grafham Water.

Jake Archer, Rosie Brookes, Laura Dear, Rhys Henry, Emma Mitchell, and Gemma Tolfree, who dubbed themselves The Champions, organised the event themselves, and collected sponsorship money from teachers, family, friends, and neighbours.

They raced around the track at the outdoor centre, near Huntingdon, pursued by some of their parents who struggled to keep up with the young cyclists.

Roysia Middle School in Royston held its annual stars in their eyes competition, which featured acts including baton twirlers, stand up comedians, and singers.

A spokesman for the school said: "The children organised it all themselves. There were auditions all week, and 30 acts were selected for the finals."

The eventual winner was Joshua O'Looney, who played a piano solo.

Puppeteer Andrew Cole and his singing monkey came second, while baton twirlers Robyn Barfield and Lilianna Porter were third.

Year 6 pupils Safwaan Choudrey and Tom Chalmers also impressed with a musical tribute to former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, entitled Jose and his Amazing Technicolor Overcoat.

The event raised £370 for Children in Need.

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