Staff and pupils at Rugby’s Avon Valley School support Zoe’s Place baby hospice

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A school in Rugby has helped raise much-needed funds for a baby hospice by taking part in an obstacle challenge.

Six members of staff from Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College took on the Grin and Bear it Obstacle Race to help Zoe’s Place.

The wet and muddy event, held at Coventry’s War Memorial Park, was approximately 5km and featured challenging obstacles such as a tyre lane, log run, commando net, slippery slopes and the ditch of doom.

The six members of staff who took part in the event belong to the school’s Apollo House, and decided to compete in the event because Zoe’s Place was chosen by students.

The idea to compete in the event came from Year 7 student Liam Radburn who took part in the challenge with his family.

Carole Labreize, Achievement Leader for Apollo House said: “I am very proud that the students have got behind us in supporting Zoe’s Place, who do great work for very poorly infants.

“By taking part in this challenge we’ve raised over £250, which is a great achievement”.

Leanne Hicks, Apollo House’s Student Welfare Leader said: “I am so pleased Liam suggested this event to us.

“It was good fun and it was great to support our House charity.”

Zoe’s Place baby hospices are the baby specific hospices in UK.

The Coventry centre specialises in palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants from birth up to the age of five years who are suffering from life-limiting or life-threating conditions.