General view of corner Durham Women flag Durham Women v Lewes Women, Womens Championship football match, New Ferens Park, Durham, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Richard Lee for The FA

Durham help to ‘feed bellies, not bins’ through #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY campaign

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has inspired FA Women’s Championship club Durham to raise more than £2,400 to help play their part in ending food poverty.

Durham launched their #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY campaign in November and succeeded in securing over double their original goal after asking their generous fans to make donations.

While an initial £1,000 sum will be distributed to schools, community groups and families in County Durham to ensure that nobody goes hungry, the club have opted to distribute the remaining amount to REfUSE, a community group based in Chester-le-Street. REfUSE take food supplies that would otherwise go to waste and ensure they are distributed through their ‘Pay What You Decide’ shops to help households all over the County. The funds raised by Durham will now allow REfUSE to embark on a new project – a market stall in Grange Villa to ensure their excellent work can be accessible for more people.

Working with the group will also open up a series of opportunities such as volunteering and community engagement.

Speaking in Durham’s official club press release, assistant general manager Dawn Hepple, who spearheaded the campaign, says that she is proud of the outcome.

“We are delighted to be associated with REfUSE and to be able to fund this fantastic project – as well as donating the original pledge of £1,000 to Durham County Council” said Hepple.

“I have watched their progress on social media and they were one of the first charities that I wanted us to work alongside when we realised we had raised much more than expected.”

Mim Skinner of REfUSE also commented by saying “We’re really excited to open up our new hub in Grange Villa. It’s already been so popular and is another resource to make sure good food feeds bellies, not bins.”

The money was raised through donations during The Wildcats’ live streams at the end of 2020 for their fixtures against Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool.

Article author: Will Tyrer

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