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WALES: Cooped up to help children; WACKY EVENTS FOR PUDSEY APPEAL.

Byline: By DAVID POWELL

A LARGER than life chicken locked in a coop was one of the more bizarre sights in yesterday's madness and mayhem in aid of Children in Need.

The chicken - alias school secretary Linda Jones - had been "imprisoned" until someone fluttered a total of pounds ioo at her for Pudsey Bear's charity and she could be released.

Good sport Ms Jones, secretary at Ysgol San Sior, Llandudno, forlornly rang the Daily Post on her mobile phone to describe her plight: "It's so cold." But it wasn't long before she was able to fly the coop. The school hatched pounds 400 in all.

Elsewhere, pupils across the region did their bit.

On Anglesey, Holyhead High School raised more than pounds 400. Staff paid to wear uniforms - including head of lower sixth Nia Roberts who had attended Holyhead High as a pupil.

Pupils themselves paid to wear casual clothes. Sixth form head Maldwyn Jones said most kept to the theme of clothes with spots - on pyjamas, scarves, blouses and shirts.

Also in Holyhead, Tesco inflated a gigantic Pudsey Bear to get customers in the mood for donating.

And in Denbighshire, volunteers at Rhyl High School drummed up more than pounds 900 in a lunchtime karaoke, raffles and Pudsey badge, book and fruit sales.

Science teacher Dan Street organised the karaoke in which head of PE Richard Ellis-Williams dressed as a cleaner and belted out Delilah, while others crooned Eye of the Tiger, a Grease medley and Crazy Chick by Charlotte Church.

In Flintshire, 680 pupils raised nearly pounds 500 by wearing casual clothes including pyjamas or donning fancy dress.

Emergency workers from North Wales also swelled Pudsey's pockets.

Firefighters in Wrexham appealed for shoppers' spare change in the town centre. They collected more than pounds 2,100 by late afternoon, and planned to return to raise more during Friday night and today.

Meanwhile in Llandudno, sponsored firefighters scaled a ladder on Moses Street from 9.30am until 3.30pm and asked passers-by to give generously.

Terry Wogan has waived his Children In Need fee following criticism over his pounds 10,000 payment for anchoring the charity BBC show.

Last year, the Radio 2 DJ received pounds 10,340 for anchoring the annual charitable appeal. Sir Terry, who is thought to earn pounds 8oo, ooopa for his breakfast radio show, said that he had "never asked for a fee and would happily do it for nothing".

A BBC spokesman said: "None of the presenters will be receiving a fee for presenting this year's Children In Need appeal show.

By 9.30pm last night the appeal had raised over pounds 8m.

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Linda Jones of Ysgol San Sior, Llandudno, spent the day in the chicken coop for Children in Need Picture: JEFF PITT; Children in Need day at Ysgol Trefnant, near Denbigh, saw pupils dress up as famous TV characters. Pictured from bottom left anti-clockwise are: James as Jack Sparrow, Sophie and Eden as Stephanie's lazy town girls, Kala as Tinkerbell, Joshua as John Wayne, Ethan as Crocodile Dundee, Stevie as a pirate and Jamie as Gordon Ramsay Picture: ROBERT PARRY JONES
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