PUPILS of a local primary school gathered together to raise funds and support development of a new community garden.

Penistone St John’s Primary School pupil Daisy Williams, eight, came up with the idea of doing a sponsored ten-kilometre walk as she wanted to do her part to restore a garden on school grounds.

Her interest was supported by others, with her dad Sammy setting up a Go Fund Me page and offering to help build the site.

Last Sunday, along with her peers and their parents, Daisy set off on the walk, and despite the rain raised £350 for the school.

Daisy said: “I am very grateful to my friends and my teachers for joining me and really happy that my friend Mandy Lowe-Flello who is the mayor joined me.

“I really enjoyed the walk but my feet were aching.

“Thank you to everyone for your generous donations – hopefully we can raise enough to build the allotment and the outdoor reading area”.

Nevertheless, the charitable event faced issues, as Bullhouse Bridge’s closure along the Trans Pennine Trail forced kids to have to cross the busy Manchester Road.

A temporary speed restriction – cutting the limit from 60mph to 40mph – has been put in place on the road to allow safer crossing.

“People were going faster than that,” headteacher Susie Arnold added.

“It was really difficult to manage.

“We had a large group of people and had to have some go up and down the road to hold up the traffic so the kids could cross safely.”