The eyes of the country were on Falmouth on Friday night as the Maritime Museum hosted the BBC South West’s coverage of this year’s Children in Need bonanza.
The live broadcasts throughout the evening fed into the main show and featured a choir of local schoolchildren who joined in with a national rendition of Gary Barlow’s Sing.
Fundraisers from across the area also joined in the fun, handing over the proceeds of their efforts.
There were also other musical performances, including those by the Falmouth Community Gospel Choir, Cornwall Rock Choir and Rum and Shrub Shantymen.
During the day, staff, volunteers and members of the public took part in a sponsored abseil from the museum’s 100ft tower. It was run by BF Adventure, the outdoor activity centre and charity based near Penryn.
One couple who took the plunge were Jonny Borders and Amy Romer, of Falmouth. “It was more scary than I thought it was going to be, but it was amazing,” said Amy.
Elsewhere throughout the day, schools, local businesses and organisations held their own fundraisers, most of which involved dressing up.
At St Francis School, the pupils’ council chose the theme for the day and opted for a pyjama party during the day and a cake sale after school. They raised £549.07.
Pyjamas as the uniform of the day and a cake sale was also the choice at Falmouth Primary School where over £180 was raised.
A panel of judges chose Honey’s cakes as the best of the day. The Kids’ Council at Constantine School also chose the same theme with a cake sale at the end of school. They managed to raise £420.
Pupils at King Charles School were invited to dress in spots and bright colours for the day.
Some children organised their own fundraising activities while others took part in a one minute hop on the lawn of the Falmouth Hotel. By the end of the day, £560.23 had been raised.
Staff from Hawkins Motors at Penryn set up a car wash in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Falmouth. Shoppers were offered a car shampoo while they stocked up inside. They raised £789 to add to the £1,211 raised by colleagues from Hayle and St Stephen.
Staff and volunteers from Falmouth Art Gallery and Falmouth Town Council wore onesies, wigs and willies for the day and also sold homemade cakes. They raised at least £600.
In Penryn, Jumblies Day Nursery made and sold cakes, dressed in yellow and spots and completed lots of crafty Children in Need activities, raising £120.
Students from Falmouth University and the University of Exeter took part in a 100 mile bike ride, leaving Exeter at 8am and arriving at the Maritime Museum ahead of the TV broadcast.