SCHOOLCHILDREN throughout Tynedale played their part in various activities to raise money for Children In Need after a record-breaking total of £50.6m was raised in the UK.

A total of 170 pupils from Wylam First School raised more than £600 after they donned their walking boots and put their best foot forward in a sponsored walk around Slaley Forest.

Inspired by BBC Countryfile’s Big Ramble, children from all year groups, including the schools nursery children, walked nearly 6km in total to complete their challenge.

Headteacher, Mrs Gibbon said: “It is so important to give children opportunities to spend time and learn outside of the classroom. It was great to see the children so engaged and enthusiastic about our adventure today and taking away some long-lasting memories.”

At Chollerton First School, pupils took part in a pyjama day and were entertained with a steel pan workshop with sounds from the Caribbean and beyond.

Funded by the Chollerton Parents Teachers and Friends Association, the IRIE steel pan workshops group travelled from London.

Headteacher, Hazel Davey, said: “It was a lovely way to be educated and experience steel pan music, with the children able to play music from all over the world.”