Merseyside backs Children in Need effort

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Chris Kelly Driving School have decorated their cars for Children in Need. Pic by © Iain Fawcett

Locals joined in the fun as the BBC once again hosted its annual Children in Need charity special yesterday, as a record-breaking £50.1 million was raised on the night.

The sum was £3.5 million more than on the same day last year, with many schools and businesses across Merseyside working hard towards the overall total with various contributions.

Wallasey-based Chris Kelly Driving School decorated their cars with Pudsey the Bear patterns as they joined a nationwide effort to get in the spirit.

Training and Development Manager, Iain Fawcett, told JMU Journalism: “We are taking part in a charity event called the Big Learner Relay for Children in Need. It consists of hundreds of driving instructors giving a driving lesson all the way around the UK in a 3,000-mile driving lesson.”

Among the many taking part was a man from Neston, Wirral, who ran for 24 hours straight to raise money. James Rigby, 26, started his 74-mile run at 7pm on Thursday in Parkgate and finished just in time for Children in Need to start on Friday evening.

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Mr Rigby told JMU Journalism: “I’ve always wanted to do something for Children in Need and people do outlandish things for this charity. I’ve done a couple of runs this year and I feel like this was the next step.

“I’ve probably raised about £400 now between donations from friends, and quite a lot of people from work have donated.”

BBC Radio Merseyside got behind the Children in Need push as breakfast show presenter, Tony Snell, station producer, Steven Coleman, and reporter, Kat MacDonald, pedalled across the region by riding a three-seater while singing on their ‘Bike and Busk’ mission.

All week, they have been cycling through places such as Warrington, St Helens, Crosby, Wirral, visiting schoolchildren and adults alike, before finishing off their 140-mile trek at Liverpool One.

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