KIND hearted primary school pupils have set themselves an ambitious target to help people who are unable to feed themselves.

Year five youngsters from The Grove Primary School, in Consett, are trying to collect 1,000 tins and packets for their local food bank by the half term holidays in February.

They have been gathering items from their family and friends and are already well on the way.

Year five teacher Jilian Brown said: “The children in my class heard that many people in the area now have to use food banks because they don’t have enough to eat.

“They decided that they would like to do something to help so have started a collection of tin and packets.

“The children set themselves the ambitious target of 1,000 tins and packets by February half term, which is not far away.”

Children from the class have spent their time after school delivering leaflets to people in their community and chatting to residents nearby to raise awareness of what they are doing.

People can leave items at the school to help the children reach their target.

Ms Brown added: “We are trying to let other people in the area know what we are doing and encourage others to help us out.”