Plenty of pounds for Pudsey

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STAFF at North Lanarkshire Council welcomed a ‘cuddly’ celebrity this week, who was in town to collect a charity cheque from the local authority.

Pudsey bear, star of BBC’s Children in Need, made the special trip to collect a cheque for £8,229.03 towards this year’s appeal.

The money was raised at North Lanarkshire Council’s 17th annual Burns Supper, which was held earlier this year.

Provost Jim Robertson presented the cheque to Pudsey Bear and Fraser Falconer the Scottish co-ordinator for Children in Need.

He said: “The monies raised will help to support and improve the lives of children who are ill, disabled or in need of specialist care and attention.”