Clare Shuffill faced her life long fear of spiders to raise money for Autism Bedfordshire.
The fundraising event was at Southcott Lower School, it was part of Loads Of Autistic Fun.
Jungle Jo, who does educational animal displays, brought her creepy crawlies to the event.
Ms Shuffill plucked up the courage and held the tarantula to raise money for the charity.
Gill Christmas, senior funding officer, said: “Fundraising events are a very important source of income for Autism Bedfordshire and we are extremely grateful for every penny raised.
“We find that not only do these activities raise valuable funds for the charity, but they also raise awareness in the community about autism and the work that we do to support people affected by it.”
She has raised £100 on her online fundraising page, to donate, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ClareShuffill
For more information about Autism Bedfordshire, visit: http://www.autismbedfordshire.net/