Thousands made in Edinburgh for Children in Need

Ellie Feeney gets used to her new look. Picture: Gareth Easton

Ellie Feeney gets used to her new look. Picture: Gareth Easton

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Madcap fundraisers across the Capital have collected thousands for charity as young and old came together for Children in Need.

Since its launch in 1980, Children in Need has become a fixture on our screens, each year persuading the public to part with their money for a good cause.

Among those who made the extra effort was ten-year-old Ellie Feeney, who had her hair shaved off for charity.

The Broomhouse Primary pupil, who raised at least £400 after having her locks shorn at Halo’s Hair Design on Calder Road, said: “I was watching DIY SoS and I saw someone get their head shaved, so I asked my mum if I could have it done too.

“I do miss my hair, but it was for a good cause – I hope my friends will be proud of me.”

Pudsey himself made an appearance thanks to Lloyds Banking at Citymark. Staff worked alongside Edinburgh City Cabs, who sent the famous bear in a specially decorated taxi to Roseburn Nursery and Primary School.

And there were happy feet at Leith Chiropractic, who raised £600 with a children’s party and charity raffle, while offering spine checks and taster massages for grown-ups.

Youngsters at Little Learners Nursery in Lasswade Road raised £100 with their 
sponsored “Toddle Waddle”, while staff at Burton’s Biscuits in Sighthill are celebrating after raising more than £18,000 through months of furious fundraising.

Events included a Royal Mile street collection – which raised more than £2000 for the charity – a sponsored head shave by one very brave employee and a charity football match that raised more than £1500.

Factory manager Duncan Crawford said: “It’s been great to see the whole team rally behind Children in Need this year and we are thrilled to present this cheque to a charity very close to our hearts.”

Every penny raised goes towards helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

dawn.morrison@edinburghnews.com