Youngsters from a Chorley primary school have received a top accolade for their work in improving the diet of families with children at the school.

The team, all aged between six and ten, from Duke Street Primary won the county council’s Chairman’s Challenge gold award which gave them £1,000 and an engraved plaque for the school.

The winners were Ben Doherty, Eleanor Bennett, Cameron Smythies, Evie Wislon-Catterall, Jake Moore and Abby McKeown.

Class teacher, Emma Young, said: “In January 2014 we decided to do something positive for our 283 children and 215 families that would change their attitude and awareness towards food.

“We wanted them to understand how food can change their life and help them make one small change for a happier, healthier future.

“We entered the Chairman's Challenge in the family involvement category.

“The children came up with an idea for families to make a pledge to change one small thing towards a healthier lifestyle.

“We sent out 215 family pledge forms and received 187, which is just fantastic.

“As a school we decided to make a pledge too.

“We wanted to improve the quality of our packed lunches so decided to introduce healthy lunch cards where children could get it stamped if they made a healthy choice.

“Every Tuesday was No Junk Tuesday where children received a sticker if they had no junk in their lunch.”

The children travelled to County Hall where they presented a 15 minute pitch about their healthy eating to a panel of judges.

They saw off competition from five other schools to take the top prize.