GENEROUS youngsters at a Bury primary school have helped to raise more than £1,000 for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

In January, all pupils at Lowercroft Primary School were given a small cardboard box to fill with as many 5p pieces as possible over a four week period.

They could earn the money by undertaking chores or asking relatives, but many chose to use their own money from Christmas, birthdays or savings accounts.

In total, pupils raised £1,038.90, smashing the previous record from a primary school by more than £400.

Prizes were also awarded to the three children who returned the heaviest boxes.

The school's deputy headteacher Damian Lansdale said: "It is a fantastic effort and I am very proud of the children.

"It is always nice to support a charity, but the fact we have quite a few children that use the hospital's services gives it even more resonance."