PUPILS at a village junior school have raised more than £1,600 for victims of the Asian tsunami disaster.

The children at Tanfield Lea Junior School, near Stanley, raised the cash during a sponsored silence.

Headteacher Kay Hemmings said: "Considering it is such a small school - we have only 204 pupils - they did exceptionally well.

"They had already decided to raise cash for the RSPCA, but when they returned from their Christmas holiday decided to raise cash for the tsunami victims instead.

"They held a sponsored silence for 20 minutes, during which they were given the choice of either writing what the disaster meant to them or to do a drawing to illustrate it."

The pupils will be raising cash for the RSPCA during this term.