A class of philanthropist kids are currently doing a virtual lap of Iceland in order to raise money for one of their classmates who has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia.

The year four students from Nansloe Academy in Helston have been running, walking, biking and scooting around town in order to complete the equivalent of a loop around the famously volcanic island.

When eight year old Olivia's diagnosis came through at the start of the year, her classmates sprung into action and decided that the national lockdown would not stop them from supporting their classmate.

They decided they would raise money for the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

The class had been studying the Arctic circle and regions at school and it wasn't long before they found the perfect way to both support their friend in need and complement their school work.

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The kids have been finding different ways to complete the miles

A Just Giving page was set up by Laura Williams, whose daughter is also in the class, and parents were informed about the situation and how they could help.

"The kids have basically just blown us away from that point onwards," said Laura.

"It's just so lovely to see because normally you might think of kids as just wanting to sit on their X-box or Ipads but actually they're all thinking about his from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep which is just incredible."

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The kids have also taken to challenging themselves to find different ways of putting the miles in such as using cross-trainers or roller-skates.

Laura also told The Packet: "We understand that there's loads of financially pressure on people at the moment and we don't want to pile that on, so the response has been incredible."

So far, they have raised over £2,000 and show no signs of slowing down just yet.

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The loop around Iceland the kids are completing 

Wendy Tarplee-Morris, founder of The Little Princess Trust, said: "We are incredibly grateful to everyone taking part in Olivia’s Icelandic Loop at Nansloe Academy.

“We are fully aware just how challenging it currently is to organise events and raise money for charity, so we were blown away to hear of the imagination and dedication of everyone involved with this brilliant idea – not to mention the huge amount of money raised.

"As a charity with no official fundraisers, this support is absolutely vital and means we can continue to provide real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people at a very difficult time in their lives.

"It also means we can fund research projects at leading scientific institutions focused on looking for kinder and more effective treatments for childhood cancers.”

If you would like to donate to Olivia's JustGiving page you can visit Olivia's Iceland Loop