STUDENTS at a Swindon secondary school have gone green for Halloween in aid of a leading children’s’ charity.

Lydiard Park Academy hosted the special themed event on Friday to raise money which will go towards supporting the work of the NSPCC.

Pupils at the school wore fancy dress, the costume ideas were inspired by the green theme which the NSPCC have adopted for the year.

Pascal House head girl, Kate Rayment, organised a parade for lunch time where those in fancy dress got to show off their outfits and green-themed costume ideas.

Gareth Williams, teacher and head of Pascal House, said: “Lydiard Park Academy are happy to do everything we can to help raise money for the NSPCC.

“The pupils have gladly donated their money and have had a lot of fun dressing up – I have taught a witch, a ninja and even a Harley Quinn so far today. Even one or two teachers have got their Halloween costumes on.”

The NSPCC are running the Go Green for Halloween campaign throughout October, encouraging schools and business to wear green clothing, dress up or fundraise in other ways for the charity. Some groups have chosen to bake freaky cakes, throw a spooktacular party, dress up in ghoulish green or take on daring and frightful fundraising challenges.

Caroline Morgan, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Swindon, added: “It’s great that Lydiard Park Academy have chosen to Go Green for Halloween in aid of the NSPCC.

“Events like these are a way to have fun while raising money, and help us continue to fight for every childhood.”

The charity have provided examples of how the money they raise is used in their important work.

Just £25 can pay for toys used by children to allow them to show their feelings during therapy sessions.

Raising £50 would allow the NSPCC team who man their helpline to answer ten calls addressing fears for the safety of a child.

Like many charities, the NSPCC relies on the commitment of volunteers and £150 could pay for them to receive five hours of motivational support and training from a Childline supervisor.

Anyone who has been inspired to help, either as an individual or as an organisation or school, can find posters, quizzes and guidance on setting up lotteries and raffles at