Weymouth youngsters were spreading the love to help those less fortunate.

Holy Trinity Primary School hosted a 'Share the Love' day to coincide with Valentine's celebrations.

Pupils donated money to take part in a non-uniform day, arriving at school dressed in red to raise funds for the Lantern Trust - the school's chosen charity for this year.

Each year Holy Trinity selects one local and one national charity to support through fundraising events throughout the year.

School council leader, Hayley Richardson said the school chose the Lantern Trust so they could give back to the community they live in.

"We wanted to raise awareness and funds as it is such a worthwhile cause. Our school is in Weymouth so the Lantern Trust is supporting people in our community. There are many people in Weymouth who are less fortunate and we want to instil in the children the importance of sharing and make them aware there are people out there who need more support.

"At Holy Trinity we are happy to share what we have got," she said.

To help them understand why 'sharing the love' is so important, the pupils learnt all about the Lantern Trust and their work in special assemblies.

During the Share the Love day, children, from nursery up to year 6, also collected copper coins which they placed in giant hearts on the playground.

They also hosted a bake sale at the end of the day, selling baked goods to parents and staff, to raise additional funds.

Staff also held their own bring and buy sale during the school day.

In total the youngsters raised an impressive £555 which will go directly to the Weymouth charity which helps vulnerable and marginalized people in Weymouth and Portland.

Headteacher's PA, Erica Cousins said: "We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our pupils and parents. They've all been so enthusiastic to give and give as much as they can."