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PUBLISHED: 14:56 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 25 August 2010

A FUNDRAISING teacher was hospitalised in an effort to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

A FUNDRAISING teacher was hospitalised in an effort to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Matt Harris, a teacher at Bexley Grammar School, Welling, took himself to hospital with injuries to his legs last Friday after teaching in stilts all day.

The 25-year-old languages teacher raised £510 - more than £80 an hour - for his suffering.

He said: "I challenged my form's year to raise £50 to get me on stilts, then for every £100 they raised I would add an extra 4 in. It was a manageable, but still tricky, when it went up to 26in.

"Unfortunately, the supports and straps of the stilts constantly rubbed against my legs and dug in for hours, which has left me with some considerable blisters, bruises and swollen joints but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!"

His colleage, Matt Baker, who teaches English, raised £255 by taking lessons dressed as a fox all day and performed a drum solo at the pupil's karaoke fundraiser.

The school raised more than £2,000.

At Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, 20 X-ray staff dressed as pirates and held a cake sale and raffle to secure £1,034. Radiographer Jenny Bezer said: "I think it can be a welcome distraction for anyone who needs to visit x-ray!"

Thomas Tallis pupil Stefan Rabicano organised a talent show at his school for the appeal, last Friday.

Meanwhile, pupils and teachers at Crown Woods School, Eltham, staged a sponsored world record attempt for the 'largest game of musical statues, last Thursday. The 213 Year 8 students were beaten in their record attempt by another group, but still raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Teacher Ian Hockey said: "It is fantastic to work with such a generous group of pupils, parents and carers."

Plumstead Manor School's Year 7 students raised money by taking their teddies to school for a Pudsey competition, whilst older students sold smoothies and bracelets.

This year, Children In Need raised more than £20 million nationally.

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