VIDEO: Elf on the Twelfth campaign

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ELVES are popping up all over Shoreham today for a charity fundraising effort.

Schoolchildren are helping raise money for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity’s Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth campaign.

Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth at Swiss Gardens Primary School in Shoreham

Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth at Swiss Gardens Primary School in Shoreham

Pupils at Swiss Gardens Primary School and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School are dressed head to toe in red and green, complete with elf boots and hats.

This is the second year of the campaign and last year, Swiss Gardens was the largest contributor. The charity asked it to take part again, but staff had already decided to do it each year.

Deputy head Ruth Maybury said: “The children love dressing up and it is right at the end of term, just before Christmas, so it’s nice for them.”

The Brighton-based charity raised nearly £4,000 to help make the festive season special for children and babies spending time in the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit.

Charlotte Gough-Cooper, schools and community fundraising manager at Rockinghorse, was at Swiss Gardens this morning to explain more to the children during a special assembly.

She said: “The campaign has already got off to a fantastic start with more schools than ever joining in the ‘elfish’ fun – it’s such a great opportunity for students in Sussex to support their children’s hospital.”

See next week’s Shoreham Herald for the full story and more pictures.