Generous heroes swoop into action for worthy cause

Big-hearted Brighouse fundraisers pulled out all the stops to raise cash for Children in Need.

Schools, businesses and volunteers all got in the spirit of the day and gave their all to the cause.

Children In Need. Rastrick High School teahers Leo Timmins and Stece Evans talk the chilli challenge.

Children In Need. Rastrick High School teahers Leo Timmins and Stece Evans talk the chilli challenge.

This year’s event raised a record breaking £37 million for the annual BBC appeal, which is now in its 36th year.

Students from Rastrick High School and Sixth Form joined forces to become Champions of Change to help disadvantaged children and young people. The new initiative, set up by BBC Children in Need and Lloyds bank, aimed to put youngsters in charge of fundraising, while allowing them to learn and develop new skills.

The year 11 prefects took charge of the project and persuaded staff to take part in a chilli challenge, a blindfolded lucky dip into a pot of chillies ranging from a tame cayenne through to the fiery birdseye and komodo dragon - and to add to the pain, male teachers and students volunteered to have their legs waxed. The events including a bun sale and henna tattoos raised a fantastic £2,056.50 for the appeal.

Steve Evans, Headteacher said: “We always look forward to getting behind the BBC Children in Need campaign. The students were really excited about being Champions of Change and to have the opportunity to own the fundraising activities, coming up with some interesting ideas. It is interesting to see the impact it has had on their personal development.”

Students at Lightcliffe CE Primary also got in on the act with a spotty non-uniform day raising £307.52 for the cause.

Volunteers from Central Methodist Open Door Activity Workshop group braved the rain, hail and sunshine to collect more than £300 outside the shops in Brighouse for Children in Need.

Lightcliffe Academy’s sixth form volunteers also joined in the fun with their inaugural event which combined the national theme of heroes with inspiration. The catering team and sixth formers dressed a heroes and student tutor groups discussed inspirational public figures. Pudsey buns were on sale with other sweet treats and fortune cookies that included inspirational messages. Younger students organised a pay to sing, fee to view karaoke and there was also the opportunity for pupils to have their photograph taken using a peep-through board dressed as a hero character.

Karen Rawling, from the school, said: “Having only formed Lightcliffe United in the previous week, the committee whose remit is not only to raise money for good causes but also reach out supporting the community, pulled together a great event which raised around £505.”