PRIMARY school pupils stepped out to help a children's hospice make it around the world.

A total of 214 children from Cams Lane Primary School, in Radcliffe, took part in a sponsored walking challenge in aid of Forget Me Not Children's Hospice.

Cams Lane was one of several schools across the North West undertaking a mile-long sponsored walk with the aim of travelling 24,900 miles — the equivalent distance of walking around the world.

Skye Grayshon, one of the Cams Lane pupils who took part, said: “I really enjoyed the sponsored mile because there were fun obstacles to work through. The teachers even got to squirt us with water guns! I loved it!”

In the process, the Radcliffe youngsters helped raise a huge £2018,76 for Forget Me Not, based in Dumers Lane.

Head teacher Marie Graves said: “We are so pleased to be able to support a local community charity.

"Our children had so much fun on the day and raised lots of money at the same time, it was just brilliant. Particular thanks to our PE lead, Emmy Whealing, who put a lot of effort into organising the activity and encouraging the children to take part."

Forget Me Not has already begun providing hospice at home care, and is due to open its Radcliffe building later this year to support children with life-shortening conditions and their families.

Helen Latham, senior fundraiser at Forget Me Not, said: "A huge well done to the children at Cams Lane – and to their families and friends for raising such an incredible amount. It’s so brilliant to see local children do something magical for other local children.

"Thanks too to all the local schools that went around the world with us this year. We’ve raised at least £5,000 and more is coming in all the time, all of which helps us care for families in Bury, Oldham and Rochdale who desperately need our support."