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Creepy crawlies go to college

Spiders, snakes and exotic insects were on hand to help people conquer their fears during a special event.

The evening of exotic creatures took place at the Macclesfield Academy to give people a chance to hold and touch creepy crawlies and raise money for a student trip at the same time.

The event was organised by students who are raising money for a trip to Malawi in the summer.

Simon Airey, who is also known as the Animal Man, took his collection of spiders, snakes and insects to the academy to talk about why people are afraid of them and to give visitors a chance to get close to them.

Hundreds of people turned up at the evening, which also included a raffle and cake stall.

Rebecca Lucas, one of the teachers who will accompany the students on the Malawi expedition, said: “The Animal Mania event was such a fantastic evening, and a great way for the students to raise money for their expedition.

“Going on expedition like this gives young people the opportunity to experience a totally different culture and the chance for them to believe in what they can achieve.”

A total of 13 students from Macclesfield Academy and Macclesfield College will take part in the 21-day trip, when they will work alongside local tradesmen to improve Dzalanyama Primary School, help with conservation work at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, complete a three-day trek on Mount Mulanje and enjoy an African safari experience. At the wildlife centre they will work with orphaned monkeys, baboons, duikers, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles and pythons.


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