DIY fundraiser: ‘Pirate’ Steve’s plea for cash

DIY fundraiser Steve Lube was raising cash for charity again. The long-serving shop assistant was back in costume raising booty for Children In Need. This time Steve turned up for work dressed as Pirates of the Caribbean character Captain Jack Sparrow.

Due to the cold blast outside, many of our customers in Llangollen wrapped up warm. But Shiver-me-timbers Steve donned a thin white shirt. He paired this with a pair of black trousers, a black leather sash and a fringed red belt tie.

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The brave ‘pirate’ also wore a brown hat and a printed bandana. Finally, Steve completed his look with a colourful collection of beads. You could say they were very similar to those worn by Johnny Depp in the popular movie. The only thing missing was the thick black eyeliner, but Steve drew the line at make-up.

As a result of his charity effort, Steve raised an impressive £170 on Friday (Nov 15, 2013) and Watkin & Williams matched that to raise an overall total of £340 for Children In Need. Thousands of people across the country took part in the appeal, organising their own DIY fundraiser. Consequently, this year the campaign raised an amazing £31,124,896 – its highest total ever.

DIY ways

Children in Need is the BBC’s UK charity, with many organisations and individuals employing creative DIY ways to raise money for the appeal. The charity has raised over £600 million for disabled children and young people in the UK. One of the charity’s highlights is an annual telethon in November. The event is televised on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC Two, and BBC Two HD from 7.30pm to 2am. And Pudsey Bear is Children in Need’s mascot.

Children in Need is one of three high-profile British telethons and the only charity belonging to the BBC. The other telethons – Red Nose Day and Sport Relief – both support the Comic Relief charity.

The telethon broadcasts moved to BBC Elstree Centre after the temporary closure of Television Centre. Children in Need will move back to BBC Television Centre in 2017.