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Staff and friends of Horton Lodge Community Special School will be taking part in this year's JCB Mud Run.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

From the left, Abigail Plant with Daisy Johnson, Joshua Frith with Dan Beech behind him, Lewis Ward with Jenny Perks behind him, Cian Barlow with Jane Sargeant behind her, James Cox, and Ashley Rushton with Jemma Kent.

From the left, Abigail Plant with Daisy Johnson, Joshua Frith with Dan Beech behind him, Lewis Ward with Jenny Perks behind him, Cian Barlow with Jane Sargeant behind her, James Cox, and Ashley Rushton with Jemma Kent.

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Staff and friends of a special school in the Staffordshire Moorlands are gearing up to take part in this year's JCB Mud Run.

The team of 12, who will be raising funds for Horton Lodge Community Special School, will be joining hundreds in taking on the five-mile run through countryside "interspersed with interesting challenges and obligatory mud".

The team, which is being organised by Teaching Assistant Jemma Kent, consists of headteacher Charlie Rivers, class teacher Jane Sargeant, Daniel Beech, Nikki Howard, Amy Ferns, Jenny Perks, Paula Beckett, Hazel Jeffcott, Marc Willett, Shane Griffin, Abi Plant, and parent Loretta Watts.

As well as each team member making a donation of £40 to the NSPCC to take part in the run on Saturday, July 5, the team are also aiming to collectively raise £5,000 through sponsorship to help purchase a specialised piece of equipment for the school called an 'Acheeva Work Station'.

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She said: "This is an adjustable, multi-positional learning station that enables pupils to lie straight and work in a supported, balanced posture while accessing sensory activities.

"As a local authority school we don't have the funds to purchase such equipment so we have to rely on fund-raisers and the generosity of local charities and people.

"The children at Horton Lodge are amazing and, just like any other children, they deserve to have the best. Unfortunately, for our children having the best costs lots of money."

Jane, aged 58, who has worked at Horton Lodge for 28 years, said: "I haven't done anything like this for a long time. It is going to take a lot of training but I will refuse to be left behind. As well as the serious side of raising the money we are hoping that it will be a laugh in taking part too."

Anyone wishing to donate to Team Horton, can either text 'MRUN61' and donation amount to 70070; or go online to http://www.justgiving.com/teamhorton-mudrun2014.

Any business interested in sponsoring Team Horton can get in touch with Jane by calling the school on 01538 306214.

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