SLIDESHOW: Students take to the stage to raise Children in Need cash

Students and residents across the Five Towns clubbed together to raise more than £2,000 for this year’s Children In Need appeal.

Youngsters at Pontefract’s NEW College took to the stage and battled it out in a talent competition to raise almost £600 for the appeal.

Children In Need 2013: New College, Pontefract, hold a student talent show.'Pictured: Shannon.'p303b348

Children In Need 2013: New College, Pontefract, hold a student talent show.'Pictured: Shannon.'p303b348

Aaron Wiltshire, 18, a member of the student executive, who organised the event, said: “It went really well.

“The common room was as full as I’ve ever seen it and people were really generous with their donations.

“We had three previous heats and there were some really talented acts in the grand final on Friday.”

Singing and signing act Shannon was judged the winner by the judging panel which included Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper.

Fundraising also proved a roaring success for little tigers at Redhill Junior School.

Youngsters donned their orange and black stripes for Children in Need, raising £180 from their non-uniform day.

The animal themed pupils were joined by staff who also took part in the fun by dressing in their pyjamas for the occasion.

Andrea Lund, business manager at the school, said: “It was a brilliant day, they all really enjoyed it and were laughing at the teachers and staff.”

Students at Castleford Academy also dug deep for the national charity event, raising £750 from sales of baked Pudsey Bear biscuits, a sponsored silence and a non-uniform day.

Assistant headteacher, Elaine Wells, said: “We feel it is important that we teach our pupils to help those who are not as fortunate as we are and how when we work together with others we can help to make a real difference.”

Shopkeeper Ken Singh had a close shave on his way to raising more than £450 for the appeal.

Mr Singh, of Mill Hill Stores, Pontefract pleaded to shave his hair off if his customers could raise a minimum of £150.

Staff at Pontefract Hospital’s cafe held a raffle on Friday which also raised £30.

Darren Hudson also raised more than £200 by dressing as the Tenth Doctor Who outside Castleford’s Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre on Friday.