KIND-hearted teenagers have been handing out sweets and packages to the emergency services to say thank you for all they do.

The pupils from Belmont Community School, Durham, have also been handing out lollipops to complete strangers to try and spread some smiles.

The young people decided they wanted to try and spread some happiness with random acts of kindness in the wake of tragic events across the UK.

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Pupil Paige Burt, 14, said: "It started with wanting to do something for the emergency services after the Manchester attacks so we made survival bags and handed them out.

"We don't want anything in return; just to make people smile and try and make their day."

The group of 29 students made up 100 bags, which they handed out to doctors and nurses at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle, officers at Northumbria Police headquarters and firefighters from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue service.

They also gave around 400 lollipops to strangers in Newcastle and Durham

Paige added: "It's been really good. People have been smiling and saying thank you. I'd thought about doing something like this before but I didn't have the guts until now."

Elly Metcalf, 13, said: "I just wanted to realise how much the emergency services do for us. It put smiles on people faces so it put a smile on my face."

Head of humanities Jill Logawood said: "Some of the children have said they've never done anything where they've felt happy for people they've never met before. They've learned a lot."