YOUNGSTERS across mid-Essex have been doing their bit to raise money or simply celebrate this year’s Children in Need charity appeal.

On Friday, the nation came together for the annual fundraising event with a whopping £39million being raised.

It was the 41st annual event and people across the mid-Essex area did their bit for Children in Need.

One example could be seen in Maldon, and charitable youngsters raised than £1,000 for Children in Need, setting a new record for Maldon Carnival.

Maldon Carnival Court princesses and their siblings stood outside Morrisons dressed as Pudsey bears.

As they were not able to put on their cake sale this year due to Covid-19, the girls decided to raffle off a giant Pudsey Bear.

The week before the Carnival Court was also fundraising outside Greggs.

Thanks to the young fundraisers and generous customers £1,024 was raised for the appeal.

Young pupils at the Rivenstars Early Eduction school in Rivenhall also took part with an army of little ones marching together to raise funds.

All the pupils made sure to ear their wellies for the ‘Welliathon’ and were joined by teachers and parents.

Dancers from the Elizabeth School of Dance in Halstead also raised £138.20 by wearing their pyjamas to class. 

Some of the students, who are aged three and up, will be also performing at the Halstead Christmas Fair on Saturday.