EGERTON Primary School was awash with colour on Friday when youngsters dressed to impress for a vital cause.

Children dressed up for Be Seen in Green Day to support Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Head teacher Alison Hooper told the Guardian she wanted the Bexton Road school to raise money for the hospital as a significant number of pupils have been treated there.

All 221 students dressed in green for a special assembly while some even came in fancy dress.

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the UK, specialising in a range of treatments including cancer treatment, bone marrow transplant and burns.

The hospital has 185,000 patient visits a year.

A Knutsford mum, whose child is undergoing treatment at the hospital, said: “There are many families who have had first-hand experience with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“It’s so good of the school to put all of their efforts into something so close to home for many.”

Egerton Primary School is helping with an appeal to raise cash for flat screen TVs and DVD players for the hospital’s 370 rooms to help keep ill youngsters in a positive frame of mind.

The Knutsford mum, who did not wish to be named, added: “The hospital really knows how to make a child comfortable and how to distract a child when they need to be distracted.

“The important thing for any type of recovery is in the mind – in positive thinking – and I think the hospital has achieved that.”

Angela Harris, community and events fundraiser for the hospital, said: “I feel like I’ve now got 220 ambassadors in Knutsford who know about the hospital and will spread the word.”

Alison added: “The thing I feel passionately about if we do something like a non-uniform day that it has to have a purpose so the pupils learn from it. It gives them a lasting memory.”