SCHOOL children are being urged to 'grow' money in support of Airedale Hospital and Community Charity.

Pupils will receive £1 and then be challenged to use their entrepreneurial skills to boost the pot.

Activities could range from car washes to sweet shops.

Participants in the Grow It! initiative will receive a certificate on completion and be added to a leaders' board.

All proceeds will go to the charity to fund items and equipment for the hospital, above and beyond what the NHS provides.

Laura Hepworth, community fundraiser at Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, says: "We are so excited to launch the Grow It! challenge to our local schools.

"Young ones are our future leaders, colleagues and patients, and a very special part of the Airedale community. We thought this was the perfect opportunity for the charity to work more closely with our younger generation, and we cannot wait to see the energy and creative ideas that the students come up with.

"Involvement in the project can be used as part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and it could be a fantastic addition to a CV."

For more details, contact school administrators, or the charity via or 01535 294870.