Haverhill Running Club raises more than £1,100 for REACH Community Projects
Haverhill Running Club has donated £1,162 to REACH Community Projects after deciding to make the cause its charity of the year in 2018.
It was the first time that the club, which has more than 200 members and last year celebrated its 20th anniversary, had ever had a charity of the year.
The decision to choose REACH as the beneficiary was partly influenced by the fact that the charity's projects manager, Henry Wilson MBE, is a member of the running club.
Karen Martin, who proposed having a charity of the year when she took over as club chairman in January 2018, said: "We were keen that it was a local charity and having Henry and his ties to REACH it seemed an obvious choice."
The money was raised at the club's three main events in 2018; the cross country, the Kevin Henry 5km race and the Thurlow 5mile and 10mile runs.
On top of this the club used its summer party, held to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the annual Santa Run at Christmas and its awards night in November as opportunities to raise funds.
Largely, the money was made from members baking cakes and selling them, but raffles were also held to boost the fund-raising.
Clare Everitt, a running club committee member said: "I hoped to raise £500, so its kind of exceeded that."
Mr Wilson said the money will be put towards the costs of improving the new warehouse for Haverhill Foodbank, adding: "If we got £250 I would be really happy with that but £1,100 is just amazing."