Schoolchildren are playing their part in their community by raising money and donating essential goods to local charities.

Bellingham Primary School has seen an empty events diary as an opportunity to improve Fridays at the school with a new ‘Fun Fridays’ theme commencing after reopening in September.

Each week has been a huge success, the school said, and popular themes included a jazzy sock day, Halloween fancy dress and crazy hats.

“We’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reflection in our ‘bubbles’ focusing on wellbeing and agreed that helping others made us feel good about ourselves,” headteacher Wendy Goddard said.

And now the weekly event has received a rebrand, with the launch of the new ‘Feelgood Friday’ moniker.

The school was at the centre of national stardom last week as pupils collected £103 for Children in Need and featured on the BBC.

Choosing a charity closer to home last week, the school collected donations of tinned goods, tea, coffee and dried foods for rural homelessness charity Stop Gap Supported Housing in Hexham.

The charity has received the school’s backing before – it's a key beneficiary of the school’s donations during the harvest festival – but current coronavirus restrictions put paid to that.

Headteacher Ms Goodard added: “During these difficult times it was truly fantastic to have such a great response from our whole school.

“Our school calendar may look a little bit different, but we’re still learning, smiling together and thinking of others.”