A WIRRAL school has helped give something back to the community by holding a family fun day.

Thingwall Primary School hosted the event for family and friends to take part in a host of activities from petting animals to experiencing Aintree Racecourse like never before.

The event on Friday, November 3 offered lucky visitors a chance to bid on a Barcelona FC shirt signed by Gerard Pique, a match-worn Everton shirt signed by midfielder James McCarthy and Liverpool shirt signed by the squad.

Animals were also present from Chester Exotic Animals and Woodchurch High School’s petting farm.

Head teacher Danielle Cronin told the Globe: “There has been a lot of support from the parents and our community who have gone beyond and above for supporting us.

“Everything raised will go towards much needed resources for the school including PE, mathematics, outdoor benches and early years.

“Everyone is very excited about the football shirts and the closed bids are proving really popular.

“This afternoon we have also done a sponsored walk a mile event, organised by friends Premier Sports, they’re doing taster sessions throughout the event today to give children a 20-minute experience of taking part in sports.

“We’ve had dodgeball, lacrosse, hockey and archery playing out throughout this evening and the children love it.

“The virtual reality headsets from the Jockey Club and Aintree Racecourse have gone down a treat – all the children have to do is pop on a headset and a video stimulates what is like to take part in the Grand National.

“It’s been great that our friends at Woodchurch High have been able to come along with some of their petting animals from the farm and it’s lovely to build relationships with other schools.

“There’s also some brilliant animals from Chester Exotic Animals and Helen O’Grady has given us some drama and meditation workshops for the children to try out and see what it is all about.

“We have support from the ethnic minority service, so we have one classroom split into Bangladesh and China so that visitors can learn and discover more about other cultures.

“A healthy lifestyle is important to us here at Thingwall so we also have Warrens medical centre who are offering free blood pressure testing and we’re always thankful for the support from the ambulance, fire and police service.”