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Notre ‘Does its Thing’ for Children in Need

On Friday 16 November, the Notre Dame community answered BBC Children in Need’s call to Do Your Thing and raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Not only were various teachers, support staff and students spotted modelling Pudsey Bear onesies, and several staff involved in a charity duck race, but Mr Humphreys and Mr Horton also graciously suffered the indignity of having wet sponges thrown at them during break time – all for a contribution to the charity of course.

Our Pudsey Bear team danced and somersaulted their way through every assembly, and many students and staff spent their time cheerfully shaking collection buckets around our site to raise as much money as possible.

Continuing the teddy bear theme, staff and students brought in their own teddies for a ‘best teddy’ competition. For a small fee, they could also guess the name of Mrs Dumont’s teddy, and eagle-eyed students won a number of Notre Dame bears that had been hidden around college.

As a result of all these activities, we raised an impressive £548.30. Mrs Lowe, who coordinated a lot of our fundraising, said: ‘We couldn’t have done this without the generosity of our staff and students.’

Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity, and is currently supporting over 2,700 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. The Notre Dame community was keen to lend a helping hand to such a cause. You can read more about the work of Children in Need at bbc.co.uk/Pudsey