Chatteris friends go insane for school

Troy Akred, Linda Calite, Katie Rooke, Nick Howard, and Tim Davidson take part in Insane Terrain in aid of All Saints Academy in March.
Troy Akred, Linda Calite, Katie Rooke, Nick Howard, and Tim Davidson take part in Insane Terrain in aid of All Saints Academy in March.
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A mum has raised more than £1,000 after taking on a muddy obstacle course challenge to thank a pre-school for helping her austistic son.

Katie Rooke and fellow Chatteris Produce World colleagues Nick Howard, Linda Calite, Troy Akred and Tim Davidson completed the 5km Insane Terrain mud run event at Grange Farm near Peterborough.

They were running in aid of the Little Saints early years foundation room at the All Saints Academy school in March to thank staff for going the extra mile to help Katie’s son, Ethan.

The four-year-old – who was diagnosed with autism, global development delay and overgrowth disorder two years ago – was allowed to join the school despite special needs funding not being made available for him.

His learning difficulties have meant he has not been able to progress through to the pre-school, but All Saints agreed to let him stay on for another year while a place was sorted out for him at Meadowgate School in Wisbech, where he will start in September.

Mrs Rooke, of Norwood Road, March, said: “We wanted to thank the school for everything they have done for Ethan and to give something back. They have been amazing, and funded many things for Ethan out of their own pocket.

“We also wanted to raise awareness about autism which is very challenging, with more children now being diagnosed.”

The group’s effort raised £1,100 to go towards new equipment for the school.