Downham RBL branch president Peter Mouncer, branch secretary Lesley Davies, left, and principal Sarah Wilson. Picture: Ian Burt

A Downham Market primary school has been recognised for raising more than £3,000 for the Poppy Appeal.

Youngsters at Nelson Academy raised most of the money by taking part in a poppy run and selling poppies.

A certificate of recognition was presented to the school by members of the Downham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

School principal Sarah Wilson said: “The amount raised exceeded our wildest dreams. The school came up with the idea of a poppy run which was several laps around the field.

“The whole school community got behind and embraced it.”

As well as raising £3,196 for the charity, pupils also wrote war poems to commemorate 100 years of the First World War. 

“The poetry was very moving and thought-provoking,” Mrs Wilson added.

“The children also brought medals, learning things about their families during the war.”

Mrs Wilson said the presentation by RBL branch president Peter Mouncer and branch secretary Lesley Davies “meant a lot” to staff and the children.

She added: “We are extremely proud of the effort which the whole school community has put into this event and supporting this incredible charity.”