Workers at Robertson Facilities Management have been raising money for foodbanks across Bolton.
Staff took part in the C2.6 charity challenge as a fundraising replacement for the London Marathon, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Participants were encouraged to tackle a challenge with ‘2.6’ at its heart – whether it was a 2.6mile walk, a 26km cycle, 26 consecutive cartwheels or even, in the case of one person, baking 26 Yorkshire puddings.
In total, the activity raised £738 with the funds being donated to Storehouse Bolton, which is the town’s main centrally located foodbank.
Storehouse, which is operated by Urban Outreach Bolton, primarily supports families and single people in distress as a result of redundancy, illness, debt, adverse changes or a delay in benefits.
Keith Edwards, Director for the FM Partnership, said: “Many people were understandably disappointed at the cancellation of the marathon but that didn’t stop the team from wanting to support their chosen charity. Everyone found a creative way to meet the C2.6 challenge and I’m thrilled that the money raised is going to help such an important cause.
“While the current crisis is difficult for everyone, there’s no doubt that certain sections of society are being hit the hardest. Urban Outreach does fantastic work in Bolton and their Storehouse programme is providing real support to people at a time of need – we hope that our donation goes a small way to supporting the brilliant team there and their service users.”
Dave Bagley, Chief Executive at Urban Outreach Bolton, said: “When Covid-19 struck, Urban Outreach went from handling around a ton of food a week to nearer eight tons, from usually providing food to 200-300 people each week to over 2,000. The support and encouragement we have received has been incredible and it’s what keeps us going. When Robertson contacted me to tell me what was being planned and then the amount raised, I was blown away. Thank you to all the fundraisers – you make Bolton proud.”