Successful singer Frank Turner has thanked a west Cumbrian school for embodying the positive message in his music.

Thornhill Primary School in Egremont has been working on the “Be More Kind Project”, named after one of Turner’s songs, which promotes positivity.

The project was created by key stage one pupils after listening to Turner’s music in class.

Frank Turner, who first found success as a punk musician before turning his attention to folk, released his eighth studio album this year.

Titled No Man’s Land, it reached number three on the UK’s official album chart.

In a video sent to Thornhill Primary School, Frank Turner said: “I heard all about the Be More Kind Project and I thought it was absolutely wonderful.”

Key stage one teacher Natalie Huddart uses music in the classroom to teach mindfulness, fitness and positivity.

She said: “We listened to his music during meditation and they really enjoyed it.”

This inspired them to start their campaign promoting a positive attitude towards life.

Last Friday, the pupils performed their rendition of the the Frank Turner song during their harvest festival assembly, after receiving well wishes from the star himself.

Miss Huddart added that parents were downloading the song and discussing the music after the assembly.

Collection pots were placed around the school to raise funds for Copeland Occupational and Social Centre (COSC), which support adults with learning difficulties.

The school also collected produce for Egremont’s foodbank, donating the supplies on Friday.

Miss Huddart said: “I planned this project after watching Frank at the Morecambe Bay foodbank benefit in Lancaster which inspired some very important learning.”

A group of pupils also organised a game of bingo for disabled people who use the COSC service.

Miss Huddart said that she hopes the kind gestures and positive attitudes will continue after the half term.

She added it was an opportunity to teach the children patience and respect at home.