ZANY antics will be the order of the day as Worcestershire turns spotty for Children in Need.

Workers, schools and nurseries and students will be among those raising money for the annual BBC telethon.

Among them will be Worcester Ukulele Club, who will be making some noise in the city's Crowngate shopping centre.

They will be in the centre's Bell Square from 11am to 4.30pm - complete with special guest Pudsey - to play for shoppers and encourage them to make donations.

Rosemary Henman said: "We'll be singing, having fun and shaking buckets, so bring the kids along to meet Pudsey and help make it a successful day.

"It's all in a good cause."

Among other events planned are:

• Big Learner Relay: driving instructors and pupils across the UK will relay ‘The Big Learner Relay Pudsey top box’ from one driving school car to the next over 15 days covering 3,000 miles. Worcester's leg of the route is being completed by the No Gears, No Fears driving school in Worcester and will set off from Sixways Stadium.

• The Npower site in Worcester will be acting as an a official call centre for Children in Need, helping to raise lots of money.

• Children from Raindrops Nursery in Worcester will be wearing pyjamas and collecting pennies for Pudsey, along with creating spotty painting and drawings all week.

• Children and staff will wear pyjamas at Whittington Pre-school, Whittington, while also making Pudsey biscuits.

• At Chatterbox pre-school in Fernhill Heath the children have been raising money through holding a teddy bear's picnic, wearing non-uniform and making cakes.

• Children at the Stepping Stones Nursery in Pershore will enjoy at Pyjamas and Crazy Hair Day

• BBC Hereford and Worcester will be auctioning off a limited edition Pudsey Teddy Bear

• Got2Sing choirs Worcester will be singing to raise donations

• Students and staff at Worcester University have a series of fundraising events planned.

Students will aim to row the distance from Worcester to the Bristol Channel and back on a number of static rowing machines at the Hanger, Students Union.

There will be a bake sale and a fancy dress Karaoke Night will be held in the evening.

Plus all students living in halls will be able to ask officers at the university to do their household chores in return for a donation to Children in Need.

• The Ambassador Snooker Club in Avon Street, Evesham has live music and activities planned from noon to midnight on Saturday, November 18.