MORE than 110 pupils at Seend Primary School have raised a staggering £640 to help deprived children in Ghana and Nepal.

The funds were raised from the school's annual sponsored walk along the nearby Kennet & Avon Canal in May.

Key Stage 1 children walk about two miles and older KS2 children walk about five miles along the canal towpath.

Head teacher Jackie Chalk said she was "really proud" that one of the Y4 pupils, nine-year-old Poppy, had suggested sharing half of the funds with schools in Ghana and Nepal.

"So far £640 has been raised and after much deliberation, we have chosen to split the money three ways so one third will go to the Charitable Foundation for the Education of Nepalese children and one third will go to the Triumph School in Ghana.The other third will be used to purchases extra resources for the school."

The school has already supported the Foundation in Nepal and has links with the school in Ghana.

She added: "The children in Years 5 and 6 have recently set off initial letters to tell them about the school so we can begin to learn about some cultural differences.

"Our vision statement reflects our commitment to generosity and appreciating diversity and these are two examples of this work in action, made all the better that the initial idea came from a child."