PRIMARY school pupils raised more than £1,500 for good causes by dressing up and taking part in a fun run.

Friars Grove Primary School, Colchester, organised the Funky Fun Run to raise cash for both the school itself and St Helena Hospice.

Both children and parents were encouraged to join in, and funk up their outfits for the big day.

Headteacher Susan Shipp said: "It was a fabulous afternoon, superbly organised by our PE and Sports lead teacher, Matthew Johnstone.

"The children really enjoyed the running and sports activities, especially as they were able to accessorise their sports gear in funky, creative ways.

"I was pleased to see so many family members taking time out of their busy day to come along, dress up and join in the fun.

"Staff members love an excuse to dress up and this event was no exception.

"It has built a fantastic team spirit amongst families, staff and children and is a wonderful way to end a busy half term."

Ray Goody, chair of the governors, added: "Events like these are so important in helping the children understand the importance of helping others in our community."

More than £1,500 was collected by pupils via sponsorship.