STAFF and students at a Prudhoe school have given generously to those in need this Christmas.

For the fourth year, Prudhoe Community High School has collected for the West Northumberland Food Bank.

The school held a Christmas jumper/Colours Day where teachers and pupils each contributed at least two items of food. Voluntary contributions of money were donated to the Alzheimer's Society.

"Collecting this way proved as much of a success this year as it did last year and once again, it was joyous to witness festively dressed students and staff dropping off their contributions", said teacher Yvonne Rushmere.

"The amount of food collected has grown each year, it’s actually quite difficult to show the scale of it in one photograph.

"Students at PCHS are always prepared to support a cause and understand the hardships many families face, particularly over the festive period."

A Year 11 class raised additional funds to buy selection boxes for children to be delivered with the food parcels.

Class 11YR ran a guess the name of the knitted duck competition and were delighted to raise £150, purchasing 164 packs.

Yvonne added: "Making this deposit to a very special kind of bank is now an annual event bringing together every single member of the school community in a united effort and we all feel that to be able to do it in these trying times is particularly important."