Pud­sey gives Round Ta­ble a boost for Chil­dren in Need

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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 shrt@hot­mail.co.uk

Pud­sey Bear with Round Ta­ble mem­ber Charles Open­shaw, col­lect­ing out­side Marks & Spencer in South­port

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