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Pull together to aid Pudsey

PUBLISHED: 17:37 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 03 July 2010

Across the borough all kinds of efforts are today being made to raise money for the BBC's annual Children in Need appeal.

While schoolchildren in dozens of schools will be turning up for class wearing their own clothes in return for a donation other people are opting for more outlandish displays in a bid to prise pennies from pockets.

Across the borough all kinds of efforts are today being made to raise money for the BBC's annual Children in Need appeal.

While schoolchildren in dozens of schools will be turning up for class wearing their own clothes in return for a donation other people are opting for more outlandish displays in a bid to prise pennies from pockets.

Among them is ex-bodybuilder and former bouncer Lee Devor, who will be testing his tattooing skills for the charity - wearing a purple dress, wig and 50E bra.

Mr Devor, 40, will be joined by Max Slatter, 18, in a 12-hour tattoo-athon whilst dressed as women at Joe's Tattoo Studios working on 10 clients from 10 in the morning till 10 at night.

Having done a sponsored eight-hour mini-marathon of games with children seven years ago when working in a gym, Mr Devor is ready for the challenge.

He said: “I think this will be more tiring than the mini marathon. A lot of my mates are doormen so I should be getting some stick, but I'm really looking forward.”

So far, £200 has been raised with children's ear piercing, fake tattoos and a raffle whose prizes include a free hour's tattooing and £50 of cosmetics.

His partner Kelly Moore, 39, said: “He is quite a big guy so it should be funny to see. Plus, the fact that they are wearing dresses will encourage people who aren't getting tattoos to donate.”

A three day football card swap shop will be raising money at the Co-op store in Magdalen Way, Gorleston, with children donating £1 to Children in Need for the chance to swap with their peers.

Match Attax makers Topps UK have donated £50 of free cards to the store, and for every pound raised the East of England co-op will contribute a pound to charity.

Graham Welton, store manager at the Co-op, said: “My father-in-law is a staunch collector and we thought that a lot of children in the estate are into them. The swap shop will be open 8am till 8pm on Friday, 8am till 5.30pm on Saturday and 8pm till 3pm on Sunday.

Youngsters at one of Norfolk's smallest schools were early birds on Tuesday, as they donned pyjamas for Pudsey.

The 34 pupils at Hickling Infants School, wore their pyjamas in the classroom and made Pudsey the Bear eye patches to help deprived or troubled children.

Each child donated a pound to Children in Need so they could ditch their usual school uniforms.

Staff at the school also donned their nightwear with headteacher Peter Wallis wearing a fetching set of red tartan pyjamas.

What have you been doing for Children in Need? Send your stories and pictures to john.owens@archant.co.uk.

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