A HEAD teacher has completed a 25- hour walking challenge through day and night to raise money towards a vital facility for her pupils.

Students from Penrose School in Bridgwater will enter their new school building for the first time in November.

But the school has been frantically raising money to kit out a £25,000 Sensory Room, which is vital for the children’s learning and development.

Executive head teacher Liz Hayward took on a Sensory Stride challenge: leaving from Penrose School’s current primary stage location at Elmwood School for a gruelling 50-mile walk to Weston and back.

Students joined Liz for the first mile of the Sensory Stride, collecting donations along the way. But when everyone returned home, Liz walked back to Bridgwater and did a circuit of the town before returning to Elmwood School.

The total raised is still being calculated.