SCHOOLCHILDREN are learning the multiple benefits of charitable giving thanks to the launch of a new club.

The Rotary Club of Darlington have inaugurated a new Rotakids Club at Reid Street School.

The club is made up of pupils from years two to six and is being run with help from the school's vice principal Joanne Davison.

To officially launch the club, the granting of the charter took place in front of the whole school assembly of 400 children.

The current Darlington Rotary president Sue Campbell, gave a brief description on the work Rotary does locally and internationally, before Rotakids president Elizabeth Liju and other members of the 20-strong club outlined some of the projects and fundraising events they have planned for their coming year.

The new club members each received a badge, wristband, membership card and a certificate.

And the youngsters are already hard at work collecting crisp packets, which are made into blankets for hypothermia victims, old spectacles for recycling and supporting Food for Thought and The Air Ambulance.

They recently raised £313 for Children in Need with a non- uniform day and next month the Rotakids are planning do a litter pick in and around The Denes area of Darlington.