The day Pudsey Bear came to Stone

Pudsey spotted here at Springfields during a very busy Friday!
Pudsey spotted here at Springfields during a very busy Friday!

Children in Stone had a big surprise in the week that led up to the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal Day – Pudsey Bear came to visit!

Once again this year Stone Rotary arranged with the BBC for Pudsey Bear to be in and around the Town that week. His first visit was to Summer Field Court, where the Brownies were putting on a fashion show for the residents and friends, and everybody was very surprised and excited when he made his appearance. The BBC’s cameras were there and the visit featured on Midlands Today over the Appeal weekend.
He made several School visits including Walton Priory Middle School, Manor Hill First, Pirehill First, St Michael’s First as well as Oulton First and Springfield’s First Schools. He also made a flying visit to Marshlands Special Needs School in Stafford, which has a number of students from the Stone area
Whilst he was at each school he was able to thank them for all the efforts that they were putting into raising money for the BBC’s Children in Need Charity and in some of the Schools he answered questions using sign language to his Rotary helpers who translated the answers into words!

 

Pudsey meets the super heroes of Pirehill!
Pudsey meets the super heroes of Pirehill!

He was also able to visit some of our local Day Nurseries, including, Elmhurst House Pre-School, First Steps, Meaford and Meaford Fields, and Smarty’s and was very tired by Friday afternoon!
On the Friday Stone’s Rotarians and Friends were out in force to collect from passing motorists and pedestrians at the traffic lights at the bottom of the High Street and collected a whopping £1,724.11 during the day.
Tim Joyce, President of the Club, said that once again the people of Stone had been so very generous towards this worthwhile cause. He also thanked Barclays Bank in Stone who had counted the cash collected and had passed it on to the Appeal.