Youngsters and staff at a special needs school in Bury will be doing a 60-mile challenge next month to raise funds for a vital cause.

Mill School on Wellington Street will be participating in the Autism Dogs Charity's "Pawsome 60 Mile March".

The challenge gives the school the chance to contribute to the wellbeing of autistic children and throughout March.

Read more: Concerns as 140 Bury children admitted to hospital for tooth decay

The Autism Dogs Charity was set up in 2016 and their assistance dogs help to enable autistic people to access public places, attend school or work, enjoy fun and relaxation with their families or even to live alone for the first time.

On Thursday, March 7, Mill School will host its main event, a two to three-mile walk concluding at the school premises.

Students, staff, and participants are encouraged to join the walk, while those unable to attend will engage in various fundraising activities at the school.

Read more: Growing Together receives Green Spaces grant

Parents and their furry companions are also welcome to accompany the school community during the event.

Donations can be made through a JustGiving link.

The school proudly supports the charity's efforts, with one of its own pupils benefiting from an assistance dog trained through the charity's residential programme.

The child’s mother Adele Ross: “We couldn’t be more grateful to Autism Dogs.

“I have no idea where we would without Nimbus.”

Read more: Ramsbottom woman unable to live at Onward Homes flat amid burst pipe

Helen Birkinhead, head teacher at Mill School, said: “Mill School students and staff are delighted to be supporting such a wonderful charity.

“We have seen first-hand the positive impact that assistance dogs can have for some of our young people with autism, and it is a joy to see.”

Each dog at the charity is trained to perform a number of tasks to help their handler to cope with challenges, manage their anxiety, grow in confidence, interact with others and maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.