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Challenge Academy has raised £1,000 for Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, after holding a Halloween Adventures event for families during October half term.

A specialist in delivering outdoor activities, Challenge Academy offers adventure programmes, learning opportunities, training and resources aimed at schools, businesses and the general public.

The Community Interest Company, which operates from its outdoor adventure centre based at Baggeridge Country Park, teamed up with the Dudley Group NHS Charity to create a spooky pumpkin trail where visitors had to use their orienteering and map reading skills to find pumpkins and solve clues hidden around the park.

Members of the Wordsley Amateur Dramatics Society dressed up in Halloween costumes and volunteered their time at the event and gave visitors a fright as they wandered around the 3km trail.

The money raised will go towards the Children’s Emergency Department at Russells Hall Hospital, where it will help to improve the environment in which younger patients are treated; in particular more vulnerable patients and those with special needs 

Challenge Academy Director, Mel Ellis commented: “It’s undoubtedly been a very difficult year for the NHS with many resources going towards fighting Coronavirus cases. As a Community Interest Company, we wanted to do something to help give back to our local hospital as a way of thanking them for all their hard work, so 50 per cent of all the entry fee sales has been donated to the hospital.

 “It was also the first time we’ve incorporated a trail around the park into our activities and it proved to be very popular with guests, so we look forward to doing more events like this next year.”

Karen Phillips, Fundraising Manager for the Charity added : “In a year of virtual charity events it was fabulous to have the opportunity of taking part in a live event – albeit socially distanced.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone involved.”


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