Schoolgirl Grace Canfield was quick off the mark in raising money for Children in Need, whose main sponsorship drive gets
underway in earnest tomorrow.
The seven-year-old, of Potterne Road, Devizes, organised her own fair at the skittle alley at the Southgate Inn on Saturday and it raised more than £300 for the fund.
Family and friends helped make cakes and about 30 children attended in fancy dress while the Southgate
provided free lollies and supermarkets
donated prizes.
Sarah Canfield, Grace’s mum, said: “Grace was absolutely delighted with how it went. She was really surprised and shocked at how many people came along. The children were all dressed up and incredibly excited. Grace would like to thank everyone who attended, supported and donated.”
Among those who attended where Devizes Mayor and Mayoress Kelvin and Pam Nash, who chose the winners of the fancy dress.
Fancy dress will undoubtedly be the theme for tomorrow, with many Pudsey supporters opting to don brightly coloured, spotty clothes to match his own attire. Schools across the region are holding mufti days to raise funds while office and factory workers are also getting in the spirit of the
occasion, wearing wacky clothing.
Chippenham Mayor Andy Phillips is going to be rolling up his trouser legs for the cause. At noon tomorrow he is going to have his legs waxed at his local One Stop shop in Sheldon Road.
He said: “I must have had a brainstorm. I walked in one day and the lady in the shop suggested I have my legs waxed. I’m more than happy to help out for charity. Children in Need is a great cause.
“I am looking forward to it with anticipation if not trepidation. I’ve never had it done before. I’m not worried about it, if it hurts, it hurts. It won’t last for long.”
Staff at the Department for Work and Pensions in Chippenham are doing their bit for Children in Need.
Their sports and social and well-being committees have organised a fun family event at the Air Dome Club, Bristol Road, Chippenham, tomorrow night.
Teams will be competing on an inflatable obstacle course as part of an It’s a Knockout-type challenge.
Students at Pewsey Vale School will be throwing themselves into the fundraising with a variety of events that will see year 11 student Dan Eyles relieved of his flowing locks, with two teachers wielding the scissors.
Those students who want to see Dan losing his hair on stage in the school hall will have to pay, with the money going towards the school’s Children in Need donation.
Other events at the Pewsey school tomorrow will include students playing a giant game of Twister; selling cakes they have made themselves and dressing up as their favourite character, celebrity or hero.
Other fundraising activities will include nail painting and a library treasure hunt.