SCHOOL councillors have encouraged their fellow pupils to raise hundreds of pounds for charitable causes.

Springfield Academy’s school council organised a series of fundraising events in a bid to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

With the help of their families, friends and teachers, they managed to raise £585.85 through cake sales, games and other activities.

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The fundraising forms just part of their role as councillors, with two children from each year group working to help their peers and make their school a happier place.

Members of the council said their work was vital in giving pupils a voice and having an influence over what happens in the school.

Seven-year-old Connor McLeod said: “It’s good being a councillor because we are kind to people and help them be happy at school.”

Caitlyn Cottam, nine, said: “If we don’t have a voice, then we might feel like we’re not being heard and could all become very unhappy.”

Headteacher Angela Henderson said: “The school council has excelled itself this year in terms of fundraising.

“It was all driven by them, they came up with the ideas and it is fantastic that they raised so much.”