CHILDREN across Cumbria have raised funds and awareness for those less fortunate this week.

Distington Community School had a non-uniform day on Thursday where children came to school in pyjamas. fancy dress and Pudsey Bear themed clothes with those students paying £1.00.

Special activities were held through the day for Children in Need, classes baked Pudsey biscuits, cakes; designed a new outfit for the bear and made masks.

A Pudsey themed codebreaker activity took place as well as a motor skills activity where students had to put pom poms on Pudsey's spots.

Pupils also made Pudsey ears and stick puppets.

The iconic fundraising character visited the school giving out stickers and prizes for the best costumes in every classroom.

Year six teacher Rikki-Leigh Johnston said: "The children's faces lit up when they saw Pudsey, it was lovely to see them all hugging him with huge smiles on their faces."

Belvadere Dental Practice in Workington got into the spirit on Thursday wearing pyjamas and Pudsey themed clothes as well as canteen staff at Energus in Lillyhall.

St Gregory's and St Patrick's Catholic Infant School in Whitehaven held their own fundraising day on Friday.

Reception lead Charlotte Gillies said: "Every class did the Joe Wicks exercise activity, it was on the Children in Need website."

She said: "In classes we have had different Children in Need themed activities."

As part of their Children in Need fundraising, West Lakes Academy in Egremont held a game of "egg roulette" where teachers cracked eggs over each other's heads, some raw and some hard-boiled, sponsored by their students.

The school also held a cake sale, tombola and Pudsey Bear face painting.

In total, West Lakes Academy raised £781 for Children in Need 2019.

Arlecdon Primary School made their own charity efforts with two sponsored walks. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage completed half a mile around the school's playgrounds. The rest of the school walked two miles around Arlecdon, Winder and Rowrah.