Primary school pupils backed a campaign to collect Christmas gifts for children in different countries.

The initiative was launched at Parklands Community Primary in Little Sutton following a visit to the school by representatives of the Teams 4U charity.

Pupils were challenged to fill shoeboxes with items as Christmas gifts for children in other parts of the world and set about collecting toys along with items such as soap and toothbrushes for less fortunate youngsters.

Headteacher Ros Flanders said: “We are so proud of the efforts of our kind and compassionate pupils who are always keen to help others in need.”

The shoeboxes were collected by the charity in preparation to be flown around the world.

Teams4U, started 25 years ago, supports and strengthens poverty stricken communities around the world and empowers children in need to follow their dreams. It enables volunteers to have the opportunity of working with vulnerable children and their families.

The school is now planning a charity event for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.