CHILDREN paced around a three-kilometre course as they were cheered on by a charity mascot.

Pupils at Cokethorpe Junior School near Witney took part in the school's annual sponsored walk last week, to raise money for the NSPCC.

The event took place in the school's grounds on Thursday, and saw pupils from all year groups walk a combined total of 729 kilometres.

Total sponsorship funds have not yet been confirmed but the cash will support the charity's Speak Out Stay Safe campaign, which teaches primary age children how to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

Each child collected a sticker at the half-kilometre checkpoints, one of which was manned by Elizabeth Verner-Pollard from the NSPCC and the campaign mascot Buddy, a giant green speech bubble.

Pupils at the independent school are now working to collect in their sponsorship money and will present a cheque to the NSPCC next month.