Kirkby Malzeard Primary School has turned to an unusual, if smelly, source for its most recent fundraising campaign.
The school council is running a cowpat competition which they hope will raise £3,000 for the school and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Ripon MP Julian Smith launched the competition on the school fields with the help of Daisy the Cow and the school council.
The money they hope to raise with the unusual competition will go toward two causes.
The first is on the premises. The school wants to help pupils walk safely to school by building a footpath around the school field to avoid a busy road, and extend the playground.
They also want to raise money for cancer care nurses.
School council member Debra Hinde said: “We’d heard of someone else organising a cowpat competition and thought it sounded like a good idea.
“I borrowed Daisy from a friend so we could run our own contest.”
The competition works by selling tickets which will be randomly allocated a square of the field. When Daisy is released onto the grass the square that contains the majority of her first cowpat will win £500.
Another £500 will then be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The remaining money will go towards the school’s playground and footpath fund.
The school aims to sell 3,000 tickets for £1 each over the summer at a stall on Ripon market and local fairs.
The competition will then take place on the school field on Monday, September 12.
Debra said there would be some special additions to Daisy’s diet in the run up to the big day.
“We’ll be feeding her some special high-fibre cakes before hand to make sure everything goes to plan,” she added.