PUDSEY came to Steyning recently to help launch a £100,000 charity challenge for Children in Need.
William Garrett, 19, from Ashington, was part of the Peaks for Pudsey team of 35 from Lloyds Banking Group, who scaled 24 peaks in 24 hours on Friday.
To help boost his fundraising effort, he and his girlfriend, Katherine Gould, organised a collection in Steyning High Street beforehand.
Katherine said: “We got there nice and early at 8am and were at the clocktower, all dressed up in the Pudsey suit, which I must say after 20 minutes was boiling but very fun at the same time.
“We had generous donations from Cobblestone Tea House and free coffee and refreshments. The public added to this with generous donations and people getting into the fundraising spirit, with children hugging and having pictures with Pudsey.
“We would like to say thank you to everyone for helping to raise more than £200 that morning, with one person saying we had brightened up the high street, which was lovely to hear.”
William took 22½ hours to complete the 24 peaks with Peaks for Pudsey.
He said: “I decided to take part in this challenge for BBC Children in Need because I realise how lucky I am to have grown up in a loving and caring family where I have always had a number of opportunities to thrive, something which so many young people don’t.
“It’s great to know that every peak I climbed will help Britain prosper, by making a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.”
William, who recently joined Lloyds as an apprentice, hopes to raise £2,500 through the challenge to help ensure young people in the UK have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.
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