A team of students at Coloma Convent Girls school are celebrating securing £3,000 for South London YMCA.

Year 12 pupils at the school researched and visited grassroots charities as part of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), before presenting their argument as to why their charity should receive £3,000 from YPI organisation in a Dragon's Den style setting.

Seven groups presented the case for their charities, which included The Lily Foundation, Potential4you and Lives not Knives, in front of the judging panel, which featured Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, Councillor Janet Marshall and the chair of the School Governors.

Although all seven groups presented well, Mr Barwell announced the team representing South London YMCA as the winners, securing the £3,000 donation.

The wining group consisted of Francesca Emmanuel, Nitemi Arowobusoye, Niamh Collins and Catriona Collins and the girls collected the cheque alongside Emma Farrow-Thomas from South London YMCA, at the school final held in the Coloma Performing Arts Centre on Monday.

The group will now go on to represent the school at the National finals on June 27.