Children in Need 2011

‘Children’s TV characters’ was the theme at College for this year’s Children in Need appeal. The day was packed with interesting ways to raise money with everyone participating with different events.

Students arrived having made a fantastic effort to dress as their favourite characters including Superman, Mario and Luigi, Stewie from Family Guy, Bananaman, SpongeBob Squarepants and Mr Incredible. Staff were also keen to get involved and sported outfits of Thomas the Tank Engine trains, cowboys and even Ali G made an appearance. Lots of other staff and students wore spots in recognition of the charity’s national theme ‘show your spots, let’s raise lots’.

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The sports department organised the football squad to take part in their training session wearing their outfits. Every single player took part, filling the pitch with colourful and creative costumes. The Students’ Union organised two cake sales, the first of which almost sold out during break and the second just as popular at lunchtime.

Lunchtime was an exciting time for everyone to come together for two events; a dodge ball tournament and a promises auction. ‘Team James Barrett’ won the dodge ball tournament after beating several teams to get to the final where a packed audience of students were cheering them on. Over at the auction, students and staff submitted bids for various promises including having cars washed, having a personalised poem written, help with maths homework and having a cake baked for them. Student Union President Felix Titherley raised £38 alone for having his legs waxed on stage and two mugs signed by former Alton College student Russell Howard went for a total of £85.

The total amount raised won’t be known for a few days while buckets of coins are counted but it seems likely that an impressive amount for a very worthy cause has been raised by the staff and students at the College.

Students were incredibly generous with their donations and photos of their activities throughout the day can be seen on the College Facebook pages.


(The Story so far) as at Monday 21st November

  • Auction of promises raised £193
  • Dodgeball and Football raised £438.61
  • John Stratford, dressed as She-Ra: Princess of Power raised £456.50