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Taking on an Obstacle Challenge to Tackle Food Poverty amongst Children in Bristol

A GROUP of 8 friends from a variety of Bristol based business are taking on a grueling obstacle challenge, hoping to raise £5,000 to tackle holiday hunger in the City.

Among the businesses are; Ben Savage from Glentworth Insurance, Charlie Dyson Travel Counsellors, Dave Gainard from KN Office, David Nichols Doveton Press, David Wells from Clifton Chiropractic, Elaine Smith from Mortgages Unlocked, Patrick Britten Barrs Court Construction and Dwight Britten from Rakata Technology.

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Taking place on the 13th October, the grueling course combines distance running with a variety of obstacles along the way, each inspired by game shows such as Total Wipeout, Takshi’s Castle, Gladiators and fun house… The runners are expecting sweeper arms, giant pigeon battles, big balls and the travellator.

The runners will endure 15km and 20 obstacles. They’ll be taking on the toughest challenge of three courses all in aid of helping to combat holiday hunger in the City.
In the last 30 years the proportion of children living in poverty in the UK has nearly doubled (to 3.5 million). Bristol has 18,900 children under 16 in low income families (23.2% of the total number of children in that age bracket).

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There is also a lack of affordable childcare and insufficient provision of good quality activities for this age range, especially in Bristol. We know that young people who are eligible for free school meals go hungry during school holidays and Community of Purpose is committed to working with local businesses to address this real-life problem.

Amy Kington, Community of Purpose CEO said:

“We’re going to use all funding raise to help the type of kids who can’t afford a holiday club let alone a holiday, the kids who will bring younger siblings because their adults sleep in all day, the kids who hide under the covers at 2am at night to escape the screaming and cursing, the kids who really look forward to breakfast and lunch because food isn’t in the cupboards at home, the kids who will need clothing because they’ll kept turning up in the same outfits!”

“It costs just £1.40 to feed a child each day so anyone wishing to donate to this very worthy cause can do so by visiting our website – find out more information

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