Give a penny for world record bid

Excited pupils are in for a penny as they aim to break a world record.

Children at Highfield Primary School, on Wright Street, Chorley, are trying to create the world’s longest penny trail.

Pupils at Highfield Primary School start their penny trail

Pupils at Highfield Primary School start their penny trail

Pupils are giving their own pennies and hope members of the community will join them by donating coins too.

According to Guinness World Records’ website, the longest line of coins measured 40.32 miles and was made in Kansas, USA, in July 2008.

Nicola Pickering, chairman of the school’s PTA, said: “I thought that if we tried to get in the Guinness World Book of Records, it would get the children excited and get them involved.

“The children are very excited. They can’t wait to put the pennies down.”

The coins will be used to create a trail spelling the school’s name when the record attempt is made on Friday, May 23, the last day of the school term.

Afterwards, the money collected will be put towards buying a defibrillator, which could be used to restart the heart if someone suffered a cardiac arrest.

It would be based at the school and could also be used by people living nearby in an emergency.

Around £1,000 is needed for a defibrillator and one mile of penny coins would total £844.80.

Nicola said: “A defibrillator would benefit the school and the community.

“It’s a fantastic idea and we should really have one. You never know what can happen.”

Pennies are now being collected at the school and people wishing to contribute to the world record attempt can take their own coins to the school office.