By Tristan Harris Friday 22 November 2013 Updated: 23/11 12:48
RESIDENTS from across Bromsgrove, Rubery and South Birmingham joined others from around the county last Friday (November 15) to raise funds for the Catshill based flag makers Up the Pole helped BBC Hereford and Worcester smash the world record for the longest line of bunting.
The Bromsgrove firm donated BBC branded bunting for the challenge.
Up the Pole’s director Jo Slade said the company was happy to support such a great challenge.
“So many people across the county have thrown themselves into this project and have produced miles of bunting, all made to very specific dimensions and sizes to meet the Guiness World Record criteria.”
More than 40,000 flags hung from the Avon Hall roof at the Three Counties Showground last Friday (November 15) creating just over six miles of bunting - more than double the old record of 2.9 miles.
The flags will be sold off in the coming weeks to boost the fundraiser’s coffers.
Staff at the Bromsgrove’s Superdream donned onesies and pyjamas and took part in a variety of activities to collect cash, including providing donations for mugs of tea and hot chocolate and a midday feast.
Employees were also able to take along and use their duvets for another donation.
Helen Bessant, Superdream’s client services director, said, “We definitely got some raised eyebrows from our clients and suppliers - I don’t think they were expecting to see our directors sporting animal onesies in the boardroom.”
She added it was a fun way to raise cash for a good cause.
Managing director Jason Manning promised to double the £338.64 raised, taking the tally to £677.28.
The Early Birds swimmers at Northfield Pool and Fitness Centre got together to swim the same distance as Birmingham’s famous 26-mile number 11 bus route.
But the group surpassed their total by actually notching up 37.55 miles in just one hour - between 7am and 8am.
The total raised also exceeded expectations with organisers hopeful of it smashing through the £2,000 mark.
A PJ day at Lickey Hills Pri mary School and Nursery saw staff and children raise £582 through a range of fun actvities, which included cake making, pyjama parties, dancing and film-making.
A total of 20 children from the Plus 2s group at St Stephen’s Church Playgroup in Rednal went on a woodland trail as they searched for Pudsey in the woods.
The youngsters had to follow a trail of teddies at Lickey Hills Country Park with the hunt concluding with Pudsey sat on a big wooden bench outside the school room of the visitor centre.
After successfully completing their mission, youngsters were treated to hot chocolate, fruit and party food, took part in bear-themed activities and were given Pudsey bear party bags and a ‘well done’ gift.
Jules Kite-Lightfoot, from the nusery said: “It was a lovely morning which encouraged healthy life styles and children to use observation and language skills.”
A team from Bromsgrove’s Arbury Peugeot raised almost £600 Children in Need - the dealership’s official charity partner - by taking part in the BUPA half marathon in Birmingham.
General manager, Ben Archer, service manager, Phil Yarnold and customer adviser, Damian Hammond all donned their running gear.
Mr Archer, who completed the 13.1mile race in just one hour and 42 minutes, said it was a great challenge and the team certainly enjoyed crossing the line at the end.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their support over the last couple of months – we’ve all really enjoyed the challenge and we’re already thinking about what our next fundraising activity will be,” he added.
Pint-sized superheroes helped their self-defence club raise over £300 for Children-in-Need last Thursday and Friday (November 14 and 15).
Defence Lab, which offers classes to youngsters in Bromsgrove and Droitwich, had ‘A Night of Thousand Kicks’ with their extra-ordinary superhero kick-a-thon.
Two kick-a-thons were hosted over two nights in Droitwich and Bromsgrove for parents and their youngsters from three different classes
The children dressed up as array of characters varying from Superman, to Batman, To members of the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers.
Matthew Tillsley-Hale, self-defence instructor, said: “The children had put some real thought into their outfits, especially the girl who came dressed as her favourite superhero, her dad.”
He added it was a fantastic event for children and parents and was very proud of the children who raised such a staggering amount.
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