Residents all go dotty for Children in Need event

DFS Eastbourne store manager Ryan Heaton is spending his nights for a week sleeping on a sofa bed dressed in a onesie in the store window for Children in Need. Ryans staff are expected to keep his nights sleepless!  October 22nd 2013 E43165P

DFS Eastbourne store manager Ryan Heaton is spending his nights for a week sleeping on a sofa bed dressed in a onesie in the store window for Children in Need. Ryans staff are expected to keep his nights sleepless! October 22nd 2013 E43165P

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The town’s residents are gearing up for Children in Need next week, with many organising their own fundraisers for the charity.

Schoolchildren are set to dress up in mufti, hold cake sales and take part in other activities for the good cause.

Elsewhere Ryan Heaton, store manager of DFS in Broadwater Way, spent a week sleeping on a sofa bed in the store window and dressed in a onesie to raise funds.

He said, “I found it difficult with the weather. It wasn’t the best week to do it because of the rain hitting the doors. I probably got about 25 hours’ sleep the entire week.”

His efforts have raised around £500 and added to a raffle and donations makes a total of £1,149 so far. There is still a raffle in store to raise further funds and an amount from each Pudsey cushion sold at the store will go to the charity.

Next Friday a team of students from the University of Brighton campus based in Denton Road will be running five miles each on the treadmills at the Sovereign Centre for the cause. To sponsor them go to: www.justgiving.com/Natasha-west1Funds collected help make a difference to the lives of children across the UK and on Friday (November 15) the BBC Children in Need Appeal Night will highlight some of the events people are taking part in to boost the charity’s coffers.

Send your Children in Need pictures and stories to: eastbourne.herald@jpress.co.uk