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Courier Country backs Children in Need

Benny and Struan.
Benny and Struan.

Courier Country showed its support for Children in Need.

Various charitable efforts were launched throughout Tayside and Fife to raise funds and awareness.

In Dundee, Broughty Ferry school boy Benny Jefferson was broadcast on screens across the nation.

Benny, 11, who is fighting a rare form of leukaemia, and friend Struan Rennie, also 11, were followed by camera crews as they took the helm of the boat Missel Thrush on the River Tay back in October.

The pair were shown around the vessel by a team from the maritime charity Taymara, given a tutorial in navigation aids and sounded the boat’s horn.

Benny’s experience was broadcast live on the BBC’s flagship Children in Need show on Friday night.

Benny and Struan were taken along the River Tay.

A longer version of Benny’s story will also be shown on Sunday afternoon at 4.50pm.

Perth and Kinross Council’s city centre HQ was bathed in yellow lights to celebrate Children in Need.

The city’s ABC Nursery also took part, decorating its front door with Pudsey Bear-style spots.

The pre-schoolers got involved with a special lunch, baking, arts and crafts.

Elsewhere in Perth, staff at the Dunkeld Road Asda superstore were in fancy dress to treat shoppers to a game of tombola.

In Kinross, police officer Atholl Spalding laid down the gauntlet for a social media challenge.

He pledged to donated £20 to Children in Need every time someone posted a selfie with himself online.

Journeycall in Arbroath were fielding calls for Children in Need on Friday night and were putting on activities such as games and a raffle on the evening.

The award-winning multi-contact centre at Arbroath Enterprise Park was an official call centre for donation calls.

Nurseries, playgroups and businesses across Fife were also involved in various fundraising activities.

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