Pudsey Bear and other well-known mascots surprised shoppers by racing through Canterbury city centre to raise hundreds of pounds for Children In Need.
Nine mascots took part in the charity race through Whitefriars organised by Canterbury College Students’ Union this lunch time (15th November). A large crowd watched Nando’s chicken sprint to victory in the Mascot Race final (following two qualifying heats).
The chicken beat Pudsey, Alex the Canterbury College Meerkat, Subway Man, Christ Church University’s Rover the Dog, the University of Kent bunny, the Fit4less Gorilla, Titch the TeamTheme Turtle, mascots for the club nights Alphabeats and Soap, and Daisy the pantomime cow from the Marlowe’s Jack and the Beanstalk.
The races were started by CBeebies star Phil Gallagher (aka Mister Maker) who is appearing in the Marlowe pantomime and has worked with Canterbury College in the past. While the races were taking place, students with charity buckets raised money from onlookers.
The race was one of several Children In Need events organised by Canterbury College Students’ Union.
Back at College, there was a host of Comic-Con themed events. Comic-Con is an annual celebration of everything TV, film, video game and anime-related, taking place in cities across the globe. Students got in the Comic-Con spirit by dressing up as their favourite movie, TV, video game or anime character. There was more than one Superman, Batman and even a Wonder Woman.
There was also hero-style nail art and face painting by Beauty Therapy students, a computer games tournament, a Segway challenge, cake sales, live music and some students wore onesies.
At the College’s Swale campus, students held a charity tea party at the local heritage centre. Students will be taking part in a sponsored walk, charity raffles and cakes sales next week.