YOUNGSTERS at Stockton Heath Primary School have been hailed for raising more than £4,200 for Cancer Research UK after staying calm under pressure in a spelling bee.

Pupils at the school, on West Avenue, tested out their spelling ability during the fundraiser and were praised by staff for their performances.

A total of £4,218 was raised before the charity's Warrington team went down to collect a cheque.

Katie Hesketh, Cancer Research UK's fundraising manager for Warrington, highlighted the importance of the team effort.

She said: "We'd like to thank all the children and staff at the school for raising such an amazing amount.

"Every day 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the north west alone.

"We receive no Government funding for our groundbreaking research, so money raised by supporters, like Stockton Heath Primary School, is crucial to help us beat cancer sooner.

"Research has led to an improved understanding of the biology and causes of cancer.

"This in turn has led to discovering better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.

"With continued support from people in the region we can find more cures faster to help even more people survive."