A TEAM of ‘warriors’ from a Burnley school are set to take on a 10km military-style obstacle course in memory of a former colleague.

Staff from Blessed Trinity RC College have entered the Total Warrior event in Leeds on June 21 to raise money for the Cliff Duerd-en Memorial Fund.

Mr Duerden, an inclusion and intervention co-ordinator at the Ormerod Road school, died in June 2012 at the age of 58.

The fund, set up in his honour, is used to support vulnerable students in accessing extra-curricular activities.

The Total Warrior course involves more than 30 obstacles and the team has been training hard for the past two months in preparation for Saturday’s gruelling contest.

Eamon Robinson, a curriculum leader at the school, said: “Cliff worked and volunteered in various Burnley schools before arriving at Blessed Trinity, and thousands of children benefited from working with this hugely gifted and giving man.

“Inspired by Cliff’s passion, the memorial fund has been set up to support the most vulnerable students at Blessed Trinity.

“Students will be granted awards or funding to access extra-curricular activities and take part in projects or trips they would otherwise not be able to take access.

“Cliff was determined that all students should have the same life opportunities whatever their situation and background. The college hopes the memorial fund will reflect Cliff’s dedication to supporting and raising the aspirations and self-esteem of the young people in Burnley.”To support the Blessed Warriors in their challenge, text Btrc01 followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (in amounts of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10).