Can you help fill this giant Pudsey Bear with 2p pieces?

A lot of 2 pences are needed to fill this bear at Pudsey Leisure Centre! Photo: Dawn Seary/Twitter

It’s Children in Need today – and the ‘birthplace’ of Pudsey Bear is once again doing its bit to support the charity.

The 2p Challenge is returning to Pudsey Leisure Centre today, with organisers hoping to put together a magnificent Pudsey Bear mosaic of 2 pence pieces.

People can drop off their 2p pieces at the centre until it closes this later this evening.

The popular annual event was originally the idea of Pudsey councillors Simon and Dawn Seary.

The first 2p challenge was held in 2018 and made headlines thanks to its cheeky – but sadly unsuccessful – bid to lure singer Rick Ashley to Pudsey and in 2019 raised more than £4,400.

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Flashback to the first Pudsey 2p Challenge in 2018.

Children in Need mascot Pudsey Bear was created in 1985 by BBC graphic designer Joanna Lane. The bear was named after her hometown of Pudsey, where her grandfather Irvine Ball was borough councillor between 1936 and 1955 and town mayor in 1950.

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