Pudsey gives Round Table a boost for Children in Need
SOUTHPORT Hesketh Round Table members will be accompanied by Pudsey Bear as they call in on schools and businesses for Children In Need this year.
Marc Foreman, the group’s ways and means officer, said: “We’ve been doing Children in Need now for over 10 years, and it’s just getting bigger and bigger every year.
“The requests are coming in now not just from schools but from local businesses, we’re going to visit radio stations; last year was the first time we were at Southport’s football ground.
“We get a lot of companies donating to us and we’re the only official Pudsey Bear for miles around. We have an official BBC Children In Need Pudsey, for all of us who have families we know that it is a good opportunity to get both the Round Table and Pudsey out there.
“It’s mainly for the kids, we visit at least two or three schools on the day, November 16 this year, they all know who Pudsey is and it’s a real treat for them.
“They get to see the real Pudsey in the flesh.
“We’re not the only one doing it, every Round Table across the country will be out collecting.
“We try and get in and out in about 15 minutes and then move on to the next venue as quick as we can so we can get Pudsey to as many people as possible.”
Bookings are still being taken for visits, but available slots are disappearing fast.
Southport Hesketh Round Table is on the lookout for members to join the group, who mix charity with social events.
Marc said: “The Round Table is a group of likeminded men who go out and do things you wouldn’t normally do, from clay pigeon shooting to organising charitable events in Southport such as the Santa Float, the Mad Dog 10k run, which we organise from start to finish and is the best 10k run in the country.”
Anyone interested in joining, donating or hosting a visit should go to the group’s Facebook Page, Southport Hesketh Round Table, or email email@example.com
Pudsey Bear with Round Table member Charles Openshaw, collecting outside Marks & Spencer in Southport