SIX teachers and the principal of Baxter College will attempt a gruelling 126-mile bike ride this weekend to raise money to send students on a residential trip.

Staff are hoping to boost awareness about positive mental health while also raising £3,250 to send 12 students to Jamie's Farm in Monmouth to enhance their life skills through team building activities.

Principal Matthew Carpenter, who will join six PE teachers in the fundraising challenge, said: "It has been proven from other groups who have accessed this provision that there has been an increase in attainment, higher attendance, improved student wellbeing and fewer exclusions.

“During their time on this working farm they will be encouraged to take part in activities that they may think are not possible and participate in team building exercises, which will help them become well-rounded individuals as well as giving them valuable life skills for life after Baxter College."

The group will set off on the round trip from Kidderminster to Jamie's Farm on Saturday, returning on Sunday.

Mr Carpenter added: "A series of events is being planned to raise the funds needed and we would be so grateful for any sponsorship to help us in our quest to change these young children’s lives and make a difference to their future.”

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