Fundraisers trace Pudsey Bear’s ears

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Cyclists have completed a massive 85-mile journey in the shape of Pudsey Bear’s famous ears to raise money for Children in Need.

The ambitious Post Office workers raised more than £2,000 for the much-loved good cause by riding across Yorkshire.

They were led by Rod Ismay, head of the finance service centre at Chesterfield Post Office.

Speaking after the mammoth fundraising challenge, he said: “It was amazing day.

“We’re extremely tired but absolutely chuffed that we were able to do this for Children in Need – we love supporting this charity.

“It’s something that was always there on TV when I was a child and now it’s brilliant that we can actively raise funds for it in our workplace.

“I was keen to find a way to celebrate with branches and keen to promote cycling for personal health and wellbeing – and suddenly saw the chance to combine these for this great cause,” he added.

The cyclists set off from Pudsey Post Office early on Wednesday morning before visiting branches in Bradford, Market Weighton and Hull, finishing the ride at Hull’s Boulevard Academy.

Post Office spokesman Alan Taylor added: “It was an ambitious fundraiser.

“It was brilliant that people came out and supported the riders, even greeting the team as they crossed the finish line.

“That was a really special moment.”

The fundraisers can still be sponsored by logging on to mydonate.bt.com/teams/postofficepudseybikeride

Each year, Children in Need raises millions of pounds to help disadvantaged youngsters.

The BBC will hold a major fundraising show on Friday night.

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