CHILDREN at a primary school have answered the call to help one of their own.

The pupils at Sampford Arundel Primary School held a sponsored Clip 'n' Climb in Exeter to raise funds for the HopeforHarper appeal.

Harper Pumfrey, of Year 5, was diagnosed in August with Childhood Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a highly aggressive brain tumour that is difficult to treat.

It occurs in the pons area of the brain stem which controls most vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure and hear rate.

After initially receiving treatment in Spain, nine-year-old Harper is back home, where her family are working hard to make sure it meets her needs.

She is currently awaiting results from Great Ormond Street Hospital, but as Harper’s condition has become more complex, the family need to modify her home.

One of the things they desperately need is a downstairs toilet and shower room and a suitable bedroom space for Harper.

Harper's school colleagues climbed a variety of walls to raise funds towards the appeal last Friday (November 17) - and learning support assistant Tracey Skinner even joined in.

Sampford Arundel Primary School head teacher Jacqui Collier said: “This has been a very difficult time for our whole school community as we are devastated by what is happening to one of our own children and one of our families.

"Our hearts go out to them through this incredibly difficult time.

"We wanted to do something positive to help and have been absolutely astounded at the kindness and generosity of our tiny community.

"Our school only has 46 children, but has managed to raise £4,238.91, which is beyond our wildest dreams for this fundraiser.

SUPPORT HARPER: Click here to donate to the appeal.

"We would like to thank every family, work colleagues and neighbours who have contributed to this fantastic cause.

"The hope is by raising this in the wider community of Wellington more people and businesses will help Harper and her family.”

If you would like to contribute towards Harper’s ongoing treatment and care use the link on this story.