Junior pupils at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate, raised £400 for the Help For Heroes cause recently, turning up for school in army dress.

The youngsters and staff paid £1 each to dress up in combat gear after a special assembly was held in which Nigel Jones from Help For Heroes explained how the charity provides help to wounded servicemen and women by building rehabilitation centres, and giving money to other projects that make life better for them.

The children were asked to write letters to soldiers who are admitted to hospital.

The letters will be included in bags given to injured service people when they arrive at hospital.

Headmaster Paul Spencer Ellis said: "We have 400 boarders at this school and around a third have parents in the forces, so we are particularly keen to support this charity. “The children have embraced the cause and have already started writing letters to the wounded."