Motorbike ridden by Daniel Craig in new Bond film auctioned for Children in Need

This Is Wiltshire: The modified Honda CRF250 motorbike the star rode in the Skyfall The modified Honda CRF250 motorbike the star rode in the Skyfall

A MOTORBIKE ridden by Daniel Craig in the latest 007 blockbuster is aiming to raise money for Children in Need thanks to Honda.

The car manufacturer, based in South Marston, has donated an exclusive lot to the BBC Children in Need annual fundraising auction – the modified Honda CRF250 motorbike the star rode in the thrilling opening chase sequence of Skyfall.

Honda (UK) Corporate Communications Manager Fiona Cole said: “We are very pleased to be able to support BBC Children in Need and with such an exclusive item.

“With the Bond films having incredibly broad appeal, we hope that 007’s ‘street merchant’ bike will raise a significant amount of money and awareness for such an invaluable cause.”

To be in with a chance of owning this truly unique item of film memorabilia from Honda, go to www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey and place your bid before midnight on Thursday, November 22.

Fundraisers across the town have also been doing their bit to help raise money for Children in Need, and they didn’t even have to get out of their pyjamas.

Pudsey Bear visited the choir at Lydiard Park Academy ahead of their performance at the Steam Museum.

Eighty pupils from the school in Greendown and eight of its feeder primary schools joined 170 students in the south west region to take part in the performance of ‘Bridge over troubled water’ last night.

Clare Rabbitt, 12, from Grange Park said: “It has been a bit pressured having to get it all right, but it is very exciting.”

Ben White, 15, of Freshbrook said: “It has been quite chaotic, I didn’t expect it to be as big as it is.

“It was a bit shocking when we were told, we were just in a normal choir lesson and Pudsey Bear walked in with the TV cameras from Points West.”

People across the town also turned up to school and work in their pyjamas, which was the theme of the day. Staff at Outsource UK Ltd held a cake sale and wore spotted clothes, while JJ’s Hair Group, in Old Town held a fancy dress day.

Both of the colleges in town got into the spirit with New College pupils wearing onesies and business students at Swindon College held a Dragons’ Den type event.

Kingsdown School have linked up with Nationwide Building Society and will be hosting a family fundraiser at the school’s new sports centre.

The event, which includes roller skating and trampolining, takes place on Thursday, November 22, at 5.45pm, with all money raised going to Children in Need.

Call 822284 or email kingsdown75@kingsdownschool.co.uk for more information.

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