Pudsey Bear made a surprise visit to Bede Academy
The giant mascot joined hymn practice to say hello and get lots of cuddles and high-fives from little supporters.
The academy was nominated for a visit by student Ella Milburn’s mum, who works for BT at Longbenton.
Ella, 10, of Blyth, said:
“I was really excited when Pudsey came into the hall. He’s really big!”
Staff at BT are giving their time after work for free on Friday as the Longbenton base is one of the call centres taking telephone donations on 100 lines from the public.