A SCHOOL in Chard has announced its pupils raised more than £3,600 in an incredible charity Christmas appeal.

Staff at Holyrood Academy, in Zembard Lane, Chard, were delighted to announce the students final total for their festive fundraising drive.

The children and teenagers topped £3,600 in donations for the Crisis at Christmas Appeal at the end of last term.

This appeal aims to eliminate homelessness in the UK and provides shelter, medical care, food and company to those who need it during the Christmas week.

The students of Holyrood Academy raised enough money to look after 120 people for the entire Christmas week.

Dave MacCormick, headteacher at Holyrood Academy, said: “We are extremely proud of our students’ efforts to raise money for this worthy cause.

“They organised raffles, sold their crafts, held bake sales, arranged football competitions and even set up a pop-up nail bar to raise money.

“Our staff undertook a 110 mile sponsored bike ride, too. I was so proud of our community for pulling together to support those who need our help.

“I would like to thank everyone who kindly donated to our collections.”

A spokesman for the charoty said: “Through the immense generosity of Crisis supporters, we welcomed thousands of guests to our Christmas centres across Britain.

“It was a huge team effort with people coming together from all walks of life to make Christmas a warm, peaceful and hopeful time for people who really needed it.

“Your support is continuing to give hope to people who are homeless – and a route out of homelessness, for good.”

For more information about the charity, visit crisis.org.uk.