FIVE-year-old Elliot Smethurst is proof that there is more good than bad in the world.

The youngster was one of many pupils left upset after his school, High Lawn Primary, had been broken into ­­— and was determined to do something to help the school.

The Bolton News reported how the school in Sharples was burgled twice in three days in July, with thieves taking laptops used by pupils and stealing children’s gardening equipment.

Elliot thought what he could do to help the school after learning about the burglary.

He asked his mum, who has organised fundraising events previously, and she suggested an online raffle

With the help of mum Shameem and the power of social media, he started a fundraiser over the summer holidays ­to buy the school an iPad, so pupils would not suffer as a result of the theft, which caused outrage in the community.

Elliot told The Bolton News: “I was upset when I was told what had happened and I wanted to do something to help.

“I am very happy that I raised the money and want to thank everybody for their support.”

The youngster, who loves using the iPads as part of his learning, organised a raffle via Facebook, which his mum ran ­— and really good prizes came rolling in thanks to the generosity of local people an companies.

He even did a special video appealing for people to help the school.

Elliot’s theatre school, Theatre Works donated a month’s free tuition and deputy Mayor Hilary Fairclough donated a prize along with many other companies.

Shameem said: “We are so proud of him, he said he wanted to do something to help the school and give something back.

“Afterwards he wanted to thank everyone who helped him do this.”

The youngster presented his school with the iPad this week.

Headteacher Dave Lane said: "'Everyone at High Lawn is so proud of what Elliot has done for the school with this fund raising event.

" Elliot and his family have gone above and beyond in response to the recent burglaries at school; the donation of a new iPad will help ensure that children are able to continue accessing learning."

Following the burglary, police put out an appeal for information and just a few days later police, thanks to information from the community, executed a warrant where some of the items stolen from the school were found.