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Junior runners do their bit for town

Young runners have been donating food for those in need in the local community in the lead up to Christmas.


Members of Junior Parkrun have been donating tins, packets and boxes of food as part of their reverse calendar scheme, which saw participants bring a small food donation every time they ran the 2km course.


Dan Hughes, the Junior Parkrun’s event director, said: “It’s a great cause and our youngsters, and their families, have been so generous in donating to our collection.


“We try to support our local community where we can, and it’s nice to give something back at this time of year.”


Earlier this week, the team took their full hamper to the foodbank in time for it to be distributed to families across Bognor Regis during the Christmas period.


Manager of Bognor Regis Foodbank, Sue White, said: “We rely on donations from our community to make sure that families in need have food to survive. This is particularly important over the festive period.


“This year we’re in urgent need of breakfast cereal, tinned fish, vegetables and fruit and spreads, as well as long life milk and fruit juice.


“We welcome donations into the foodbank directly, as well as at our donation points in all the major supermarkets as well as Co-ops around town.”


The Bognor Regis food bank, supported by The Trussell Trust, was set up in 2012 and aims to help families in crisis by providing three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food.


Bognor Regis’ Junior Parkrun is a weekly timed 2km run, for children aged between four and 14. It takes place at 9am every Sunday at the Arena Sports Centre in Bognor Regis.

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