Abseiling MP joins appeal effort

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CHILDREN In Need’s mascot Pudsey Bear returned to the Yorkshire town after which he was named and watched the local MP join the fund-raising effort.

Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew abseiled down the side of the Marks & Spencer store at the Owlcotes Centre yesterday as he joined thousands of people around the country raising cash for the annual BBC appeal. Pudsey Bear was created in 1983 by BBC graphics designer Joanna Ball and named after her home town.

Millions of pounds are expected to be raised. TV presenter Matt Baker raised £1.2m by riding a rickshaw 484 miles from Edinburgh through Yorkshire to London in just eight days. picture: Mark Bickerdike.