KIND-hearted teachers at Kidderminster’s Baxter College smashed their £1,500 fundraising target, raising more than £2,000 with a 170-mile sponsored cycle ride.

The nine-strong team completed the round trip from the Habberley Road school to Jamie’s Farm, a specialist residential centre in Bath, last weekend (May 7 and 8).

They raised £2,210 which will enable 12 students to visit the centre for a therapeutic week-long stay, taking part in team-building challenges designed to enhance their life skills.

Principal Matthew Carpenter said: “Everyone had trained hard and worked really well as a team, supporting each other along the way. We all owe Andy Macpherson a big thank you for acting as support driver, meeting us twice on each journey to stock up on supplies

“We’re really pleased to have completed the challenge, beating the target was the cherry on the cake too. We very much appreciate the generosity of everyone who sponsored us, particularly given the financial pressures many people are facing.”

Mr Carpenter added thanks to school caterer’s AiP for providing supplies, Surfworks and Kidderminster Harriers for their support with kit and Jamie’s farm for hosting the team on Saturday night.