Families struggling for food in West Leeds will be boosted this Christmas by a generous donation from staff at a city digital marketing agency.
Leeds company Spike has raised £1,500 for Leeds North & West Foodbank by walking 3,299,129 million steps in just 30 days.
The step challenge event was initially an idea to keep Spike’s 13 employees’ minds strong and motivated throughout the lockdown period – but staff recognised it has been a tough year for lots of families, so wanted to give something back.
Leeds North and West foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups. They work towards stopping hunger in the local area. The project has nine foodbank centres across North and West Leeds running 11 sessions a week.
Tricia Ryder, Distribution centre manager for Leeds North and West foodbank added:
“Thank you very much to Leeds Digital agency Spike for donating £1,500 and for the brilliant steps tally! Your support is greatly valued and we know this donation will help those who need it the most.”
Jitka Lopez, marketing strategy manager at Spike, said:
“When lockdown 2.0 was announced, we knew it would have a harder impact on everyone. We are so pleased the team has hit the target, and we feel much better for partaking in this challenge which is for a really important local charity.
The days are now much shorter, the temperatures are lower and people are likely to spend more time inside compared to the spring lockdown so this initiative has kept us moving, when it has got harder to do so.”