By Abby Rugg
The bear with the big heart witnessed how Sussex helped Children in Need 2011 reach the total sum of £26,332,334.
He visited various towns in the county that held a range of fundraising activities through local businesses, schools and charities.
Pudsey, along with Children’s TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips, arrived in Horsham town centre on Sunday November 6 to raise money for Children in Need.
To mark the occasion, the bandstand in Carfax became home to life-sized mascots who took part in numerous dances and song performances, including a routine by local dance group, ‘Fi Steps’.
All activities were filmed by the BBC and led by the popular TV presenter.
Many local primary schools and mascots including Horsham Football Club’s Howie the Hornet and The Children’s Trust’s Tadworth the Hound, attended to show their support.
Local businesses were invited to show their charitable side and donate money to the event.
The event was sponsored by Horsham District Council and Horsham Rotary Club.
In other places, staff and students at Plumpton College also showed their support by wearing fancy dress and arranging events for Children in Need.
More than £200 from a variety of activities was raised.
A competition that involved asking people to guess the number of chocolates in a dish was particularly successful at raising money.
Elsewhere, the Eat@The Stade café on Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings Old Town, East Sussex, held a fundraising afternoon with all proceeds going towards Children in Need.
The café held an afternoon of music, crafts, mask-making, spotty cupcakes, balloons, a guess-the-cake game and teatime treats.
Also, Sharon Wilson’s hair salon in Newick showed their support for this year’s campaign.
Hairdressers Sharon, Ella, Angela and Jade at kept busy by ‘being silly’ with dozens of clients and friends joining in the fun.
Sharon said that the support they received and the amount of money they raised, had made it all “really worthwhile.”
Their efforts raised more than £500 for the appeal.
In Hurstpierpoint, a fashion show with clothes by Isaac O’Riodan was held in support for the appeal.
The event, which was held at West Sussex Scout Headquarters, Trinity Road, on Saturday November 12, also involved crafts including jewellery, stained glass windows, picture frames, box covers, cards, cakes, biscuits and jams!
Pudsey proved to be a hit for all the events that happened in Sussex for this year’s Children in Need – the lovable bear will hopefully make another visit to the county next year for more fundraising fun.
Children In Need accepts donations all year round. Please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/donate/