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Students 'Do Something Different' for Children in Need 13 November 2008

SCHOOLS and the Isle of Man College are Doing Something Different today (Friday) to raise funds for the BBC's Children in Need Appeal.

Rushen School is going dotty, with pupils paying 50p to wear items of spotty clothing. Children in Key Stage 1 will be colouring in bandanas in th style of the one sported by the appeal's mascot, Pudsey Bear. Older children are designing their own bandanas. Entries will go on display in the junior hall this afternoon. There will be live entertainment and prizes sponsored by PDMS.Rushen School CinN

At St John's School, pupils are paying £1 to take part in 'Wear Something Different Day'. Each class has chosen its own theme. Year 6 will be having an 'opposites day', Year 5 has picked 'boys will be girls, and girls will be boys' and Year 2 is having 'Jungle Day'.

At Braddan School, pupils will be wearing spotty clothes and collecting loose change to cover pictures of Pudsey Bear.

Marown School hosts its very own version of ITV's X-Factor tonight from 6pm, with Gary Chatel as compere - and there are even rumours that celebrity judges Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole will be putting in an appearance.

At Ramsey Grammar School, students will walk a mile on astroturf pitch dressed in fancy dress to raise money.

Students from the Isle of Man College are staunch supporters of Children in Need and will be holding events at the Homefield Road building and in the centre of Douglas.Rushen School CinN 2

Children in Need started on BBC Television in 1980 and the bear that symbolises the appeal - named after the West Yorkshire town of the same name - made his TV debut in 1985.

Its mission is to positively change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Its vision is a society where each and every child and young person is supported to realise their potential.

In 2007 the BBC Children in Need Appeal raised over £37 million and every penny donated to the charity goes towards projects helping disadvantaged children in the UK (and the Isle of Man) because the charity uses its investment income to cover all operational costs. It provides support in the form of grants to organisations working with children who may have experienced mental, physical or sensory disabilities; behavioural or psychological disorders; are living in poverty or situations of deprivation; or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

Two IoM charities working with children are currently benefiting from three-year grants to the tune of £68,000 and £82,000 respectively.

The appeal highlight is a telethon hosted by Terry Wogan on BBC1 tonight.

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