Romford Pictures: Round up of Children in Need events across Havering

PUBLISHED: 16:10 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 08:12 21 November 2013

Staff and Students from Sanders Drapers school dress up for children in need

Staff and Students from Sanders Drapers school dress up for children in need


Residents, including hundreds of school children, donned silly outfits and pulled wacky stunts for this year’s Children in Need Appeal.

From cake sales to fancy dress to filling floors with pennies, all had the same aim: to help those less fortunate than them.

Hayley Anderson looks at the borough’s best.

Staff and students in multicoloured pyjamas and “onesies” strolled into Ardleigh Green Junior School, in Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch last week.

The school made a grand total of £722 which will be split between both Children in Need and the Philippines Disaster Appeal.

John Morris, the headteacher, said: “It was really good fun and the staff and students really entered into the spirit of things dressing up in their onesies.”

A normal workout is hard enough but those at the Bokwa-thon must have been exhausted!

The evening, held at Sanders Draper School, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, started off with a tiring exercise routine, where participants had to draw letters and numbers with their feet while performing a cardio workout.

A raffle, face painting sessions, and a cake and sweet stall, all took place afterwards and helped to raise more than £760.

The Bokwa-thon was organised by Danielle Emery and Jason Kashoumeri and Jason said: “It’s great to know that a little bit of Bokwa can make such a difference to the lives of so many.”

Children got on their hands and knees and made a “money trail” across the entire floor of Crownfield Infant School, in White Hart Lane, Collier Row.

The school raised more than £400 and Sharon Naemias, headteacher, said: “Pupils had great fun raising the money for a really worthy cause.”

She added: “It’s a really good lesson for the children to think about others and not just themselves.”

The little bears of Harold Court Primary School, in Church Road, Harold Wood, had a teddy bear’s picnic, while the older children challenged themselves with different quizzes and games and have so far raised £325.

A mass photoshoot of the staff of Havering College of Further and Higher Education and the children from the onsite Stepping Stones nursery took place, with children holding their teddy bears and members of staff dressed in their pyjamas or “onesies”.

The college have so far raised £400 but this amount is getting bigger by the day.

Student services manager, Margo Lindsay, said: “There was a nice community feeling and the atmosphere was really good and people just wanted to give all they could.”

Baking teams went head to head in a bake off competition at Mullis & Peake LLP solicitors at its Romford offices and they managed to raise £700.

There were more than 20 varieties of cake from cinnamon rolls to white chocolate muffins, but Peter Connell, the company chairman’s team, came out on top and were declared the winners!

Peter said: “We all had fun taking part and best of all eating such delicious offering for this worthy cause.”

Wearing their spots with pride, children from Rise Park Infant School, in Annan Way, Romford, came to school dressed from head to toe in spotty outfits.

The pupils played a number of different games throughout the day and children in reception also made Pudsey Bear biscuits, helping to raise more than £324.

Swallowing his pride, deputy headteacher Neil Hooper of Sanders Draper School, in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, arrived to school in a Union Jack “onesie”, all for the sake of raising money for Chidlren in Need.

The school also invited 30 Year Four children from Suttons Primary School, in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, to use the school’s food technology facilities to decorate cakes which they then sold back at the primary school and made £40 for the charity.

Sanders Draper made £610 and headteacher John McEachern said: “It was an excellent effort and a lot of money was raised for this worthwhile charity.”

Helping those in need by not getting dressed in the morning sounds like an ideal way to raise money for charity!

Ursuline Prepatory School in Great Ropers Lane, Brentwvvd, had a pyjama day where children and members of staff - including the headteacher Pauline Wilson - came in wearing their pyjamas.

The school also had a cake sale and thanks to them, a further £450 has been made, with more money still being made.

Jan West, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “I think the children all realised how good of a cause it was and how privileged they really are.”

Imagine the look on the children’s faces of Langton’s Junior School in Westland Avenue, Hornchurch, when Pudsey Bear paid them a visit during a special sing-a-thon for the charity.

Year three to six pupils were singing non-stop last week when they became speechless as Pudsey Bear walked into the room.

Face painting with children having the eye-patched bear painted on their cheeks and a pyjama party were other activities that the pupils enjoyed.

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