KIND-hearted students at Settlebeck School, Sedbergh, are selling candy canes to spread a message of "kindness, love and positivity".

Year 10 girls Ellie McDowell, Shania Pereira, Zoe Alderson and Rose Sen (pictured) are raising money for Young Minds, a charity that champions the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

Each time a pupil buys a 50p candy cane, they write a heart-shaped message on it to a fellow student. Their heartfelt words are to be shared among classmates tomorrow (Friday) when a non-uniform day is also being held to boost funds.

Helen Waring, head of year, said: “These girls are an inspiration and we are all very proud of their efforts. This fundraising idea could not suit the charity more: being positive, caring for each other and being open about mental health.”

Meanwhile, two Year 9 pupils are working alongside Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron to promote the need for mental health beds in hospitals for children and teens.

Settlebeck head teacher Sarah Campbell said the school felt "incredibly proud" of its young people for their efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues.

"It is crucial we ensure the most vulnerable children in our society are supported to get the help they need," she said. "By intervening early, young people can go on to lead happy and successful lives and we can reduce the number of adults with long-term mental health issues."

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