Gloucestershire school pupils have been fundraising in Stroud this week as part of the National Citizen Service initiative.

A group of students from Rednock and Katharine Lady Berkeley's School have been out on the streets of Stroud raising monies for charity.

As part of the initiative, the young women were asked to devise a community project based on an issue they felt passionate about and to endeavour to make a difference to it.

Anna Symanawsky, 16, from Kingswood and her five friends from Wootton-under-Edge decided to support Young Gloucestershire Carers and the Pied Piper Appeal.

After a week of cake sales outside the Subscription Rooms, they held a fun day at Bank Gardens with BBQ, karaoke, face painting and games.

"It has been a challenging process but I have learnt a lot about the need for team work," says Anna who also held a cake sale at her father's work, Aardman Animations in Bristol.

"I have learnt a lot about the two charities that we are supporting. Pied Piper is the leading children's charity in Gloucestershire, helping sick and disabled children in the county.

Likewise, Young Carers support children who look after family members to have a childhood and find a confidence of their own."

Manning the cake stall was Verity Hina, also 16, who said, "NCS is a really good initiative for people my age to consider."

If you would like to donate to these two very worthy causes and support the student's campaign, then you can donate

via their justgiving page.