Superheroes and heroines ran amok in the Midhurst and Petworth area as schools entered the spirit of Children In Need fundraising.
It was the culmination of five days of hard fundraising led by Year 6 at Midhurst Primary School which raised £843.
Year 6 took over the school and ran ‘The Best Assembly Ever’, handing out the weekly achievement certificates, awarding ‘Pudsey Day’ prizes for competition winners and judging the eagerly-awaited ‘Pants Off’ final.
They shared a video clip about young carers and explained the purpose behind their fundraising.
Their money-raising activities included colouring competitions, their own ‘Bake Off’ challenge, guessing challenges for bear names, cake weights and number of sweet in a jar, ‘Be A Hero’ fancy dress day and the ever popular ‘Pants Off’ competition.
“Midhurst Primary School is all about community,” said acting headteacher Sally Clarke. “Every Pudsey Day, our Year 6 children work their socks off to raise money for Children in Need.
“By taking charge of an event like this, they learn how hard fundraising is, how much effort and planning is required to achieve success, but they always enjoy it and this year we are delighted with the total – which is our biggest ever.”
Midhurst Nursery Class ran a ‘Superhero’ morning with special activities such as making a bandana to wear and having a race to get over the obstacle course.
“We also ran a coffee morning and cake sale for parents with at least half the parents popping in during the morning to support us,” said leader Chris Reseigh.
Children also had their faces painted like Pudsey or Blush bear, raising £160.
At Northchapel Primary, children cam to school wearing their onesies or ‘spotted’ clothes and the Little Oaks pre-school children at Northchapel also took part in the dressing-up.
Petworth CE Primary School pupils and staff raised £250, also dressing as Superheroes or the hero of their own choice.
The superhero theme continued at Midhurst Rother College, where students collected more than £1,200 through a mega fancy dress party and a baking competition judged by Bake Off star Miranda Gore-Brown.