A SCHOOL came together to honour the life of a youngster and support the work of paramedics.

St Anne’s Primary School in Bishop Auckland remembered former pupil James Cook and welcomed paramedics from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Pupils participated in the day to honour James who collapsed and died two years ago during a kickabout with his friends.

The GNAAS were responders to the incident and fought tirelessly to save James.

The youngster's former teacher Ellen Taylor said: "As a school we have wonderful memories of James and his time here at St Anne’s.

“We are honoured to be able to keep James’ light shining by raising vital funds and awareness for the GNAAS and by educating our children and young people to support charities, our school families and the wider community."

The day saw service mascot Miles the Bear visit youngsters at the school and was gifted with 30 donation bags.

The children collected items from their household in support of the GNAAS.

They also held a special assembly for the youngster's parents, Ian and Louise Cook, who said they were overwhelmed by the support.

The pair have gone on to spread awareness of the service and raise vital funds following the devastating incident.

Mrs Cook said: “Ian and I were overwhelmed to be invited into St Anne’s school to see the children present Miles the mascot with their kind donations of clothing collection bags. The children listened tentatively to hear how important it is for the GNAAS to receive donations which bring vital funds to this life-saving service.

“Our son James would have been proud to see his former primary school raising awareness for the GNAAS and his family and friends continue to keep James’ light shining through planned events -the next one being the dog walk at Crimdon.

“Ian and I look forward to working with St Anne’s in the future to organise events and raise awareness for the GNAAS”