BIG-HEARTED pupils and their families have rallied round to help flood victims in the north.

Youngsters at Whitehall Academy decided to support Flood Relief Clacton which was set up in the aftermath of the Christmas carnage.

The school appealed for toys, toiletries, food and cleaning products to help families in the flood-ravaged villages of Croston and Elland.

Children who brought in donations could have a non-uniform day.

Headteacher Gavin Bradley was overwhelmed by the response.

"I was astounded when I walked through the hall to see how many bags there were," he said.

"The small hall is packed full of donations of toys and food - it looks amazing. We have done very well and are very grateful to the parents."

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

  • Pupils with goods which will help flood victims in the north

Communities in the north are still mopping up after the horrific Boxing Day floods.

Mr Bradley added: "We were more than happy to give a bit of relief to those families which have had such an awful winter because of the weather."

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

  • Abi Doyle and Lucy Bishop with their bags for Flood Relief Clacton