Pudsey Bear has been helping our fabulous team of community champions put smiles on lots of faces this week – joining them on visits to schools, hospitals and community groups across the country in support of BBC Children in Need.

Our community champions regularly give their time at local schools and playgroups, and as part of this year's Children in Need appeal they've been bringing Pudsey with them to meet the children and take part in lots of fun activities.

Jo Scott at our Pwllheli store made little Ianto's day when Pudsey joined her on a surprise visit to Cylch Meithrin nursery to say hello and play games with the children.

Jo said: "Ianto loves Pudsey and was over the moon. It was so much fun, and a lovely visit.

"I've helped out with them over the years – we've helped them receive Green Token Giving funding and also donated raffle prizes."

Christine Baldwin, the community champion at our Bolton store, showed nursery pupils at St Matthew's Primary School how to make hedgehog bread when she visited with Pudsey this week.

Christine said: "The school are all dressing up and getting behind raising money for Children in Need."

Our Sutton in Ashfield store's community champion Hayley Carrington joined Pudsey at a local mum and toddler group – and look how excited the children were to meet him!

Hayley said: "The group have benefitted from Green Token Giving funding and I also volunteer with them every week. It was a special moment to see their reaction to Pudsey!"

Our Wigan store held a meet and greet with Pudsey which was very popular:

Our Antrim store's community champion Barbara Logan took Pudsey to meet children at Antrim Home-Start:

Our Hayle Harbour store's community champion Jenna Fentham, arranged for Pudsey to make a surprise visit to meet residents at Hayle Day Care Centre:

There were smiles all round when our Shaw store's community champion Emma Ditchfield arranged for these youngsters to meet Pudsey:

Our Greenhithe store's community champion Bridget Sparks brought smiles to the faces of children, parents and the team at Darent Valley Hospital when she brought Pudsey in to see them:

Our wonderful Carlisle colleague Neiliann Robinson loves dressing up in the store to support the appeal – here she is wearing her special Children in Need outfit:

Here's the team at our Newport store on the Isle of Wight with some of their favourite BBC Children in Need products which have been flying off the shelves:

Lee, who works in the fish counter at our Blyth store, created this great display to show his support:

The team in the cafe at our Warrington store are getting behind the appeal:

Here's the team at our Charlton store fundraising with Pudsey:

Charlotte Banks, community champion at our Middleton store, held a tombola and also arranged face painting, decorating gingerbread men and colouring:

Amy Openshaw, community champion at Clacton, snapped a selfie with Pudsey:

And our Tunstall store's community champion Damon Robinson was all smiles raising money at his tombola:

A big thank you to all our customers and colleagues for their support!