YOUNGSTERS at Abercromby Primary School in Tullibody were ecstatic on Friday, November 16, after hearing they raised an incredible £1,176.01 for Children in Need 2018.

The money was brought in thanks to fundraising events thought up, and organised by, pupils in primary 4.

The class's teacher, Deborah Hamill, told the Advertiser: "We approached the headteacher and asked if we could organise a Children in Need fundraiser.

"Then we, as a class, done different activities and events for the fundraiser."

The class were ambitious with their target, following on from a successful fundraiser previously held by the school.

Deborah said: "We found out last year we raised £1,000, so we tried to beat last year's total."

Pupils brainstormed various events, and settled on five final ideas to raise money, which included selling Pudsey and Blush ears, and a Guess Pudsey's Birthday competition.

The fundraiser ran all last week, and culminated in a series of events at a big school assembly on Friday, which was also a dress down day for the pupils.

After the assembly, parents were invited to stop by for coffee and cakes which were baked by the children.

When asked how she felt about how successful her pupils' fundraiser had been, Deborah said: "I'm very proud of them.

"They all worked together as a team and were so enthusiastic about the fundraiser - and they were all delighted with how much money was raised."