YOUNGSTERS in the Belper area have done their bit to raise money for Children in Need.
The annual appeal, which has raised more than £26 million nationally, was embraced by Alton Manor Day Nursery in Belper, Twistin’ Tots, of Belper, and Horsley Woodhouse Primary School.
At Alton Manor, which is on Gregorys Way, children and staff dressed in pyjamas and spent the day baking cakes. They then had a cake sale, which was attended by parents. In total, the nursery raised £120.
Katie Salmon, deputy manager at the nursery, said: “It was really successful. Pretty much everyone was in pyjamas. It was a really fun and the kids loved it.”
Twistin’ Tots, which is a music and movement class for kids aged under five, raised £116. Children dressed as Gruffalos, fairies, spiders, scarecrows, Noddy and Thomas the Tank engine as part of the fun.
Jacqui Davis, Twistin’ Tots founder, had asked all children to come to classes in fancy dress and agreed to put a portion of each class fee in the Children in Need pot if they did.
She said: “It was great to see so many children dressing up for charity – some of the mums even made an effort too!
“We managed to raise £30 more than we raised last year, which is fantastic. Parents also donated their spare change to give us an enormous total of £116.27!”
Meanwhile, children and staff at Horsley Woodhouse Primary raised £255 by wearing an item of clothing with spots on. Children from the school council also organised a cake sale. Youngsters baked cakes at home and brought them in to sell to classmates and parents.
Helen Cornfield, school secretary, said: “It was a very successful day and was very much enjoyed by everyone.”
l Pictured on Page 1 are Colette Johnson and Emily Waite , from Alton Manor Day Nursery.