PRIMARY school children have raised money for a teenager who was disabled in a bike crash.

Year Six pupils at Hanborough Manor Primary School made £500 by creating and running businesses.

They chose to donate the money to Finlay MacBurnie, who used to attend the Long Hanborough school.

The 17-year-old was hurt in an accident near the village in October, when he clipped what he thinks was a badger, jarred his front wheel and went over the handlebars.

The crash broke almost every bone in his body and he spent more than seven months at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.

He came home last month and will go to Bartholomew School, Eynsham, in September to study for A-levels.

The £500 will be used to buy a functional electrical stimulation machine, which he will use to stimulate the nerves in his hand and build up feeling.

Pupils raised the money in a project about finance, during which they were asked to set up businesses.

The children, aged 10 and 11, were put into teams to apply for loans of £5 from the school.

They bought materials, then created and sold soft toys, hand-painted coasters and other hand-made goods.

After paying back their loans, two groups had managed to generate almost £100.

Daisy Leach, Felicia Pimm, Sam Bartlett and Tom Nicholls, all 11, raised £92.78 by selling hand-painted coasters for £1, or two for £1.75.

Sam said: “I enjoyed it a lot and it was really good to help Finlay get back to school.”

Felicia said: “I probably enjoyed the independence the most and the feeling you get when you sell something you have made.”

On Wednesday, pupils were thanked at school by Finlay’s mother, Leoniza, 51, although her son had an ear infection and could not come along.

She said: “He is pleased to be home. He has been out and about with his mates.”