A charity has made an urgent appeal for basic equipment like pens and paper to give to disadvantaged children stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Children North East has put together a list of things, which we have added below, that are needed to help support youngsters in the region.

A spokesperson said: "Official Government statistics came out on March 26 showing child poverty levels rising to 4.2 million across the country.

"These levels of poverty disproportionately hit the North East with over a third of all children suffering the effects of poverty.

"The challenges that poverty present are far reaching and with the new coronavirus outbreak, families are finding themselves trapped in their homes with limited resources to be able to get through each day, and this before the pressure of supporting their children in their literacy and numeracy with school and nursery closures.

"Children North East have a mission to ensure that all children grow up healthy and happy. One of our responses to the current pandemic is that Children North East are seeking resources and activities that can be distributed to those most at need.

"We are calling on all businesses to identify what they may have that can be distributed - sometimes some of the most basic office equipment can help."

The list includes:

The charity added: "All material that we gather must be unused and ideally new.

"Please see the list and get in touch if you have anything you may be able to offer so we can arrange the logistics. All resources will be donated and gathered in a central location in Newcastle and distributed to those most in need."

If you can help, contact the charity's schools lead Luke Bramhall at luke.bramhall@children-ne.org.uk