HUNDREDS of fundraisers from across South Lakeland donned fancy dress, made cakes and put on a show for this year’s BBC Children In Need.

Young and old took part in a mammoth day of activities and fun to raise money for the appeal.

Hair and beauty students at Kendal College each paid £1 for a ‘dress down’ day - something otherwise strictly against college policy.

As well as cake and hot chocolate stalls for clients, all profits from wash and blow-dry treatments were donated to the Pudsey pot.

Level two beauty students were also offering a ‘file and polish’ for a small £1 donation.

Meanwhile, children and staff at Storth Primary School, near Milnthorpe, went dotty for the day.

Each class joined in with the show-your-spots theme art competition - along with a host of other fun activities.

Pupil James Roberts – also sporting a mustache for this year’s ‘Movember’ challenge – was pleased with himself after winning the ‘welly wanging’ competition.

“I was definitely the winner,” he said.

“It’s been a good day raising money and having lots of fun at the same time.”

Supermarket staff at Booths also shunned their work uniforms for 70s fancy dress for the day, offering a Booths hamper raffle and sweet bags for £1.

“We do it every year,” said shop assistant Samantha Duncan.

“It’s important to help those who are less fortunate than us it and reminds the customers about Children In Need too. They have been really generous.”

Staff from the Kendal branch of NatWest bank were also raising money - with a 'dress down Friday' being a big hit. Homemade Pudsey biscuits were on sale for £1 as well as the chance of winning a huge Christmas hamper donated and made up by staff members.

"It's nice to do our bit for charity, said store manager David Reddy.

"The girls have organised everything, so they have done really well."

The Rotary Club of Lunesdale and the staff at Booths in Kirkby Lonsdale joined forces to raise funds for the day with Store Manager Matt Welsh sporting a Ghost Buster costume.

Rotarians were in the entrance with collecting boxes and together with Pudsey they greeted the customers.

And it was Pudsey to the rescue after he spotted a customer having trouble with her car - he soon sorted the problem and sent the lady safely on her way.

The total collection, beating the amount raised last year, was a whopping £1,469.