The first ‘Liskeard Foodbank Fun Run’ took place on Friday 18th October, on the school field at Liskeard School and Community College. Despite a previously wet and miserable day (which may have deterred some potential runners), the rain held off for the entirety of the event making it a slightly muddy, but comfortable run for those who took part. All ages were encouraged to get involved, participants were given the option to choose the distance that they individually wished to run, jog or walk (anything from 300m right up to 5k). The run was started by Councilor Rachel Brooks the Mayor for Liskeard.

The event was organised by Mr Oli Jones, a teacher at Dobwalls Primary School. Both Dobwalls Primary and Liskeard School and Community College are part of the SMART Schools Trust; SMART aims to instill a collaborative approach between its 6 schools and encourages these schools to work together when and where possible. Both schools mentioned also have a strong community ethos, the Foodbank Fun Run is a good example of this with people coming along from all over the local area to support the event.

Mr Jones, who is a keen runner himself having achieved 3rd place at the recent Eden Marathon, has in the past been involved in promoting many charities, having helped with or set up events such as: Santa Run, Autumn Leaf and Easter runs to name a few. Mr Jones came up with the idea, along with fellow marathon runner Craig Vaughnley, the current coach for East Cornwall Harrier’s, of the ‘Foodbank Fun Run’ a Mr Jones’ dad is a volunteer at the Liskeard and Looe Foodbank. The idea was to encourage support from competitors by asking them to bring along food items suitable for the foodbank, i.e. tinned food, UHT milk, pasta, washing-up liquid, rice etc, rather than paying an entry fee. Over 50 people came along to support the event with well over 100 items being collected in all.

Liskeard and Looe Foodbank was set up as a direct response to the poverty seen in the towns and villages in South East Cornwall back in 2010, founded by local churches and community groups. Food which is generally donated by all sorts of organisations, businesses and individuals is sorted, stored and packed into emergency food boxes by volunteers to be distributed. Due to the rural nature of the area, many of the emergency food parcels are delivered by hand to people’s doors by a network of local volunteers. For further information on the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank, please visit their website https://liskeardlooe.foodbank.org.uk/ or contact them via email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com  or telephone: 07512 011452.

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