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Bikes, bakes and bling raise funds for Children in Need

December 11 2017

The massive annual fundraising campaign Children in Need raised more than £50 million for the first time ever this year, as people came up with ever more creative ways to raise money for this worthwhile cause.

Similar to previous years, Care UK teams, patients and residents nationwide pulled together with creative and colourful ways to mark the memorable day and contribute to the fundraising efforts.

Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre held a 1980s-themed fancy dress competition as well as a cake sale, a raffle and a collection of old £1 coins to raise an impressive £525 for the charity, while the team at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre raised £518.

Barlborough’s hospital director Steve Booker, who dressed up as Blues Brother Elwood Blues, said: “It was a great effort from everyone – not just on the day but during the week too, as people donated old-style £1 coins into a tub in reception. I would like to thank everyone who donated items, bought raffle tickets and used lots of Lycra, eyeliner and hairspray to help us raise funds as well as smiles.”

At our support office in Connaught House, Colchester, a fancy-dress day, cake sale and giant raffle – with prizes donated by local suppliers – raised £1,331. Sue Fairs, who coordinated the fundraising, said: “It was a great day. Not only did we raise lots of money for a wonderful charity, but we had the unusual sight of Pudsey, a pirate and Wonder Woman eating slices of home-baked cake!”

Not far away in Ilford, the team at North East London NHS Treatment Centre raised £120. Team members found some outrageous headwear to don creating a truly memorable day and bringing a smile to patients.

At St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre in Portsmouth a day-long charity cycle on static bikes helped to raise more than £200. Hospital director Penny Daniels said: “It was a great day. Those taking part in the bike ride did a fantastic job and they were supported throughout by colleagues, visitors and patients. I would like to thank everyone who joined in our Children in Need fundraising activities for supporting the charity and the vital works it funds.”

In Halstead, Essex, Colne View care home activities coordinators also got on their bikes, cycling throughout the day. Colleagues and residents joined in with a cake sale and a quiz, raising £58. At Britten Court care home in Lowestoft, the team joined residents in holding a singalong and dance, raising £40.

The services are now applying to Care UK’s Working with the Community fund, which match-funds colleagues’ efforts to raise money for charities serving UK communities. Last year the fund matched the heroic fundraising efforts of colleagues with another £2,000 for Children in Need and organisers are hopeful that their application will be successful again this year.