What Norwich is doing for Children in Need

In anticipation of tomorrow's Children in Need event, people in the region have been organising a mixture of fundraising activities and are going Pudsey mad.

From sticking spots on each other to dressing up as superheroes, Norfolk is determined to make this another record-breaking year for the BBC event, which saw �39m raised in 2009.

This year's theme is 'Show Your Spots, Let's Raise Lots' and one company from Norfolk is doing just that.

Norfolk Truck & Van Ltd have taken a 3.5ft white van and covered it from top to bottom with spots.

They asked local businesses to 'sponsor a spot' for �100 each and so far they have managed to raise in the region of �2,300.

This amount has also been raised by staff vigorously shaking their money buckets at people to help top-up the funds.

Hannah Colby is sales and marketing co-ordinator for the company and said a light bulb switched on when she heard this year's theme. 'The response we've had has been fantastic,' she said.

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'It's a fantastic charity and it's nice to do something that brings a community together and Children in Need gives us a chance to do that.' The spotty van has already been to Waitrose in Wymondham this week and was due to be at Tesco, in Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston, today.

It will be at the Forum tomorrow.

The BBC is broadcasting live from the Forum on tomorrow as part of its Children In Need Appeal.

BBC Look East's Stewart White will be joined by Pudsey Bear and other famous faces to see how much money is being raised across the eastern region. The BBC reception in the Forum will be open all day tomorrow for fundraisers wishing to bring their donations in.

In Norwich, Beckie Clifton has been doing a number of 'Jo Jingles' parties at the Belvedere Community Centre and has also been running a sponsored sing-along all this week.

Heathersett Old Hall School had a visit from Pudsey Bear on Tuesday to get them in the spirit for a sticky spots event tomorrow, where they will buy different spots to stick on each other.

Each pupil will also be designing their own spots with a donation attached.

Queens Hills Primary School in Costessey held a chip and quiz night last night.

The children at Arden Grove Infants and Nursery School in Hellesdon will dress up in dotty clothes tomorrow and will also be holding a Britain's Got Talent show.

Angel Road Infant School in Norwich will also be wearing their spots tomorrow. Pupils from Norwich's Cavell Primary School will be planting flowers and shrubs for the appeal tomorrow.

Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre is doing a Pudsey boat race tomorrow.

At Lowestoft College on Wednesday, November 3, five staff members from the Working in Travel course took part in a sponsored walk to Gorleston.

In North Walsham, at Pigney's Wood on Sunday, November 7, a 4km sponsored walk took place.

Paston College student Jack Wardle, 16, organised the event with almost 70 people taking part. They raised a total of �180.

At Stalham Town Hall last Friday, members of the Stalham Pensioners' Association and British Legion Women's Section sold 50 Pudsey lunches. They also sold biscuits and there was a tombola and a treasure hunt. They raised a total of �234.

At Besthorpe, near Attleborough, the BP Garage team will be dressing up as Buzz Lightyear, Batman, a Ninja Mutant Hero Turtle and a large baby.

They will be filling up customers' vehicles themselves for donations.

At RAF Marham, the Community Support Squadron will be selling Pudsey Bear cookies tomorrow around the station and the fire section is doing a charity car-cut on the same day.

Are you organising a fundraising event? Call Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 772438 or email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk