IT WAS all neon and technicolour at Mountford Manor Primary School yesterday as youngsters dressed up to raise money for children’s respite care charity Hop Skip And Jump.

Staff and pupils at the school in Walcot dressed up loud as part of Heart radio’s Make Some Noise campaign.

The campaign aims to get schools and organisations to raise awareness and donations for local charities which rarely get the attention they deserve.

Hop Skip And Jump, based in Upper Shaw Ridge Farm, provides respite care for children and teenagers and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire children with disabilities and special educational needs.

“It’s a global initiative so it’s not just Heart, and its all about raising money for charity,” said Heart Angel Emma Matthews, who visited the school yesterday.

“The Swindon charity is Hop Skip And Jump and we’re going around the schools taking part, like Mountford Manor.

“The idea is for everyone to dress loud and to help raise some money to help disadvantaged children.

“It’s just more fun that way. The children really enjoy getting involved and they’re more interested in taking part in all the activities too.”

During the day the school helped to raise £130 for the charity by donning items which made them stand out.

“It’s fun and it’s raising money for charity and disadvantaged children,”said 11-year-old Kirstyn Harris, who had dressed colourfully.

“We are all dressing loud and bright and crazy and we had to bring in a donation.”

Mountford Manor’s assistant principal Louise Dance said: “All the children dressed loud and they all brought in £1 to donate to the charity, which this time is Hop, Skip And Jump.

“We really want the children to understand that there are other children who might not have the opportunities they do and all of them are very keen to help where they can.

“Because the charity is all about children as well it is something they can relate to.

“It’s been a really good day and all the children enjoyed themselves while raising money for a good cause.”

To donate to the Make Some Noise campaign visit the website which can be found at