A NEWSOME woman is collecting toys to send to children who survived the Beslan school siege in Russia.
Chelle Davison is asking pupils at Kirklees schools to donate a toy to send to Beslan, where more than 300 children and adults were killed when terrorists attacked a school.
Many more hostages were injured and children were left traumatised.
Mrs Davison said: "Russia is one of those places that hits the headlines, then everyone forgets about it.
"The children over there need just as much help as others.
"I wanted to give them something positive to help cheer them up and say we are thinking about them.
"I thought it would be nice for children over here to get directly involved."
One of the first schools to respond to Mrs Davison's appeal was Stile Common Junior School. Pupils brought in toys and wrote letters to go with them.
Some children even donated their favourite toys.
Deputy head teacher David Bosley said: "It's been quite a tear-jerking experience.
"We have had assemblies about the Beslan tragedy and the decision to support Mrs Davison's appeal was made by the pupils themselves, through the school council."
Mrs Davison added: "It was an absolutely fantastic response. They came up with lovely gifts.
"Now I am just waiting for more schools to respond and for someone to help us transport the gifts to Beslan."
Anyone who wants to help Mrs Davison's appeal should contact her on chelleathome2003 @yahoo.co.uk.