A LONDON school is celebrating after the spirit of Pudsey Bear helped it to one of its greatest fund-raising achievements.

Youngsters at Hopewell School were among hundreds of thousands across the UK who pulled out all the stops to help disadvantaged children this year, raising £500 for BBC Children in Need in the process.

The school, which has around 100 pupils, held a special assembly to mark the occasion, with pupils putting in the effort to not only prepare it but also deliver it.

Hopewell was one of 56 schools to get special resources from Lloyds Bank.

It was part of the bank’s Best.Assembly.Ever programme, which gives pupils the chance to design their own perfect assembly to celebrate fund-raising achievements.

“The pupils really bought into what we were trying to do, which was great,” said teacher Chan Wilson.

Lloyds Bank provided the schools with resource materials, linked to the curriculum, as part of the banking group’s strategy to Help Britain Prosper.

More than 11,000 packs were downloaded in schools in the lead-up to BBC Children in Need appeal night helping them put on their own ‘Best.Assembly.Ever.’

Supporting the Group's ambition to help Britain prosper, Lloyds Bank, as proud schools partner of BBC Children in Need, is committed to helping the charity double donations raised through schools per annum by 2017. To find out how Lloyds Bank is supporting BBC Children in Need, visit: http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/bbc-children-in-need