CHILDREN at St Michael's Infant School in Aldershot lent a helping hand to Frimley Park Hospital's Children's Accident and Emergency Unit Appeal recently.

They held a Black and White Day in honour of the appeal's mascot, a panda, and all the children and staff dressed in black and white.

The school raised £178 for the appeal, which will help purchase equipment for the unit.

The children were also involved in art and craft activities following the black and white theme, as part of their creative arts week.

Headteacher Karen Nye said: "The Black and White Day was a lovely end to a very exciting week for all the children.

"They have been involved in a wide range of activities to promote the creative arts and have been entertained by numerous musicians, actors and artists during the week.

"It was nice to be able to support a local fundraising event in this way."

Frimley Park treats 76,000 people per year in its Accident and Emergency department — 20,000 of them are children with minor to major injuries or illnesses.

The government has awarded the hospital £250,000 to build a separate unit for children up to 16 to meet their different needs.

The hospital hopes to raise at least an additional £150,000 to equip the new unit.

If you would like to help raise funds contact Mr Premachandran or Tina Burgess on 01276 604556.