Pupils and staff at St Benedict’s School have raised almost £3,000 for The Trussell Trust, a charity which runs a network of food banks in the UK.
Children in all year groups at the school, from nursery to the sixth form, completed sponsored runs in their local neighbourhoods to raise funds to support food banks which have been under huge demand during the coronavirus crisis.
We’ve been very impressed by the outstanding efforts of the children each week to keep themselves fit and healthy, raising such an incredible sum for a very worthwhile cause in the process
All junior and senior school pupils were given a target of 1,195 miles to cover collectively – the distance from Ealing to Montecassino in Italy, where St Benedict established an abbey. They exceeded this target, covering a distance between them of around 2,500 miles.
Head of athletics at St Benedict’s, Myles Stringer, said: “This was a combined effort, taking place over one week, with everyone tracking their exercise and finding sponsors. Many joined our Strava group which has been a great way to keep friendly competition. We’ve been very impressed by the outstanding efforts of the children each week to keep themselves fit and healthy, raising such an incredible sum for a very worthwhile cause in the process.”
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.