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Schools gear up for Children in Need 9 November 2006

SCHOOLS in the Isle of Man are gearing up for the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal next Friday (November 17).

Marown Primary School is hosting a pyjama day that day and is asking pupils to bring in a £1 donation.

At Jurby School, pupils are dressing up as pirates and will board HMS Jurby, which will be docking at the school.

Warm and woolly will be the theme of the dress down day at St Mary’s School, Douglas, on November 17. There will be a tombola and a cake stall.

The Friends of Bride Infants are having a beetle drive and raffle with a faith supper that evening. It starts at 6.30pm and admission is 50p for children and £1 for adults, with tickets available from school. Half the proceeds will go the BBC appeal.

At Rushen School there will be a poetry recital afternoon on Children in Need day. Children will be dressed up and school uniform is suspended for the day. Parents are organising a cake stall.

The Isle of Man College is holding a host of events including:

  • A raffle with lots of fantastic prizes
  • Cake and sweet stall
  • Hair braiding and face painting
  • Selling various Children in Needs goods such as colouring books, badges, teddies
  • Guess Pudsey’s age contest

There will also be buskers going around the college playing for donations.

One department will be doing a sponsored wax, where you have to pay to see someone getting waxed.

Students from the college’s Health and Social Care course will be going around Douglas collecting money in fancy dress.

‘We are hoping it will be a fun for all day, raising money for a very worthy cause,’ said Kerry Headley, student president.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II High School in Peel has a visit from appeal mascot Pudsey Bear today (Thursday), arranged by sixth form student Jessica Gallier.

And year nine students have been selling official games in their break and lunchtimes to raise money in an initiative organised by pupil Callum Harper.


Children in Need is the biggest event hosted by the BBC each year and is broadcast on TV, radio and the internet.

The appeal day is Friday, November 17.

It raises money to help disadvantaged children lead a better life. Last year, the appeal total topped £33.2 million.

The Isle of Man falls under the North-West region for Children in Need and projects in the Island are eligible to apply for grants. In 2005/06, there were six applications from Island projects and two were approved and received, between them, £7,200.

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