Pudsey Bear joins city ukulele players for six-hour uke-athon

Pudsey joined Worcester Ukulele Club for a charity concert at Crowngate <i>(Image: Worcester Ukulele Club)</i>
Pudsey joined Worcester Ukulele Club for a charity concert at Crowngate (Image: Worcester Ukulele Club)

PUDSEY Bear joined Worcester Ukulele Club as they raised more than £2,000 by completing a six-hour Uke-athon.

Gathered in the city’s Crowngate Shopping Centre on Friday (November 18), a team of 54 strummers provided fun and laughter to passers-by, many of whom joined in with the singing and dancing.

Club secretary, Trevor Taylor, said: “It has always been a pleasure and a privilege to play for Pudsey over the past few years.

“Friday was no exception.

“It was also humbling to witness the kindness of the great people of Worcester who gave so generously to such a good cause.”

Find out everything that happened across Worcestershire for BBC Children In Need 2022

Worcester News: Ukulele players at Crowngate Shopping Centre
Worcester News: Ukulele players at Crowngate Shopping Centre

Ukulele players at Crowngate Shopping Centre (Image: Worcester Ukulele Club)

It is not the first time the club has raised money for Children in Need.

In fact, Friday’s fundraiser was the seventh year Worcester’s ukulele players have plucked their strings for the cause.

Joining them for the occasion was the mayor of Worcester, councillor Adrian Gregson.

Mr Taylor added: “We were proud to be joined by the Mayor for a few of our numbers… especially when he counted us in for one of our songs.

“A great effort from everyone involved.

"Many thanks to you all.”

READ MORE: Mayor of Worcester plays along with Worcester Ukulele band

Worcester News: Mayor of Worcester Adrian Gregson and Pudsey Bear joined the ukulele club
Worcester News: Mayor of Worcester Adrian Gregson and Pudsey Bear joined the ukulele club

Mayor of Worcester Adrian Gregson and Pudsey Bear joined the ukulele club (Image: Worcester Ukulele Club)

After six hours of playing the musicians raised just over £2,200.

A spokesperson for Worcester Ukulele Club added: “We would like to thank the shoppers for their incredible generosity, the Mayor of Worcester for his support, the strummers who played in the marathon session and also Phase Eight for allowing Pudsey Bear to use their changing room."

Children in Need appeal show took place on Friday night where it was announced a total of £35,273,167 has been raised for good causes.

The Appeal Show 2022's highlights included Lewis Capaldi performing his number 1 single Forget Me and special versions of The Weakest Link, Repair Shop and Blankety Blank.

Money raised through the event helps to fund grassroots organisations and project workers in every corner of the UK, who provide vital relationships and support to help the children who need it the most.

Last year the money helped nearly 460,000 children and young people.