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Ashleigh & Pudsey wow at 'Mad Hatters' tea party

This year's 'Mad Hatters' tea party has been hailed the best yet. The annual event is a fun day out for children with long-term illness.

About three hundred people were entertained by popular children's cartoon characters ... along with last year's winners of Britain's Got Talent - Ashleigh and her dog Pudsey, ...and Meridian's very own Fred Dinenage.

The interviewees in the report by Richard Slee are Margaret Lilley, the mother of Rhian; and Gemma Scotney, the mother of Willow.

Fun at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Children suffering from serious illness and disabilities have been taking part in a Mad Hatter's tea party in Portsmouth. For more than a decade the charity has been running events - and just like its namesake, provides a wonderland for youngsters.

And for an extra treat, Britain's Got Talent's Ashleigh and Pudsey made an appearance as well as our own Fred Dinenage. Here is some video of the event, but we'll have much more in tomorrow night's programme at 6pm.


Pudsey inspiring talented dogs

Ashleigh & Pudsey rehearsing their routine Credit: Press Association Images

Britain's dogs are becoming more talented thanks to the "Pudsey effect", according to a survey by the Kennel Club. Almost one-third of dog owners (32%) said the success of the Britain's GotTalent canine winner had encouraged them to develop their own pet's abilities.

Pudsey and owner Ashleigh will be appearing at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Portsmouth later to entertain sick children.

Colourful characters at Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Last year's Mad Hatter's Tea Party raised more than £2,000 Credit: Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Ashleigh & Pudsey from Britain's Got Talent and Meridian's very own Fred Dinenage will be the special guests at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Portsmouth later. It's a fun day out to lift spirits of children from local hospitals, and last year's event raised more than £2,000.

There will also be clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians, dancers, Daleks, a zoo, circus acts, limo rides and players from Portsmouth FC.