Volunteers at a Parson Cross charity are taking on a 10k fundraiser to help run their food bank after “phenomenal increase in food bank use.”

Trustees Nick Waterfield and John Buckley, will run the Bolsover 10k on 15 December to raise money for Parson Cross Initiative (PXI), which promotes social inclusion with their food bank and group activities.

John said: “I’ve done a few runs for different charities, and I’ve been involved in PXI for five years as a trustee, and I’ve been trying to convince Nick to do some sort of race for about a decade!

“I finally convinced him to do the 10k in December, and we thought being involved in the charity it would be a good opportunity to raise some money for the work we do here.”

The pair are already more than halfway to their target, having raised £334.70 of their £500 goal.

On why they felt the fundraiser was so necessary, Nick said: “We’ve seen a phenomenal increase in food bank use in 2019, ever since Universal Credit was introduced in January, we’ve given out an additional 4,000 parcels. Last year in total we gave away around 2,700 food parcels, this year we’ve already given out more than 6,700 and it’s not even the end of the year.

“The money raised will be spent throughout our activities, it could be used in the art group, music group and of course the food bank and social cafe we run, it will all be used for good causes in and around Parson Cross.”

If you wish to donate to Nick and John’s cause, click here: https://www.give.net/bolsover10k