A SOUTH Lakeland school went orange for a good cause as pupils and staff dressed up brightly to raise money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Around 32,000 people around the country got involved in Muscular Dystrophy UK's 'Go Orange For A Day' to raise awareness and money for the charity.

One of the people to raise money for the cause was nine-year old Ella Dixon and her friends at Heron Hill Primary School in Kendal, which hosted a cake sale.

Ella is a manifesting carrier of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, one of only five girls to have the condition in the UK.

"The school has been brilliant, they have always supported us in our fundraising," said Clare Dixon, Ella's mother. "I would like to thank the school, head teacher Peter Hicks and the teachers , the children and parents for coming to the cake sale and everyone who baked cakes."

Pupils we asked to wear something orange for the day, with prizes given for the best costumes.

Other activities such as face painting, naming the bear and guessing how many sweets were in a jar also took place.

"It was a day of fun for a good cause. The biggest setback was that we sold all the cake!" said head teacher Mr Hicks. "It was quite special, as everybody could join in without having to buy or make cakes. It just showed that we were part of the same team and looking after each other."

A speaker from Muscular Dystrophy UK also attended the school to speak to pupils about the illness.

Mr Hicks said: "It's important that the children understand that we are all different and that we should embrace and celebrate that."

The school raised £206 for the charity.