PUPILS from Barnard Castle Preparatory School have donated £170 to an appeal inspired by Alex Herbert, five.

Alex was treated at Newcastle General Hospital after being born with the rare genetic disorder XLP, which had claimed the life of his older brother, Edward.

Alex, from Westwick, is recovering thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his other brother, Michael, ten.

The money raised by the pupils will be used to buy equipment for the unit in which Alex was treated.