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Elanco intern fights UK hunger with 52-mile fundraising challenge

27 June 2016

27  June 2016

Stephen Lea running

Stephen Lea, an IT student at Liverpool John Moores University and intern at global animal health company, Elanco, is running 52 miles across Merseyside to raise funds for surplus food redistribution charity, FareShare.

Starting on Sunday 3 July, Stephen will take on six races over seven days, including the Southport Half Marathon, the Thurstaston Multi Terrain 10k, and Sustrans Cycle Trail 10 Miler. The last leg of the Tour of Merseyside challenge is a 12-mile coastal run from New Brighton to Hoylake, and back again.

Stephen is hoping that his fundraising challenge will raise at least £300 for FareShare, to help the charity redistribute more good quality food that might otherwise go to waste, to charities and community groups that support vulnerable people across the UK.

Claudine Piggott, Corporate Development Manager at FareShare, said: “We are delighted and grateful that Stephen is taking on this challenge to help FareShare tackle food waste and fight hunger across the UK. For every £1 that Stephen raises, FareShare is able to redistribute enough food for charities to serve up four nutritious meals, so we’d urge people to sponsor Stephen generously, and wish him luck with all six events.”

Mark Hall, Development Manager at FareShare Merseyside, added: “Taking on the Southport Half Marathon is quite something, let alone following that up with another five running events in the days that follow, so I’m full of admiration that Stephen is taking on this challenge to raise awareness and funds for FareShare’s work, both here in Merseyside and across the UK.”

Elanco, where Stephen is an intern, has been supporting FareShare since 2012. To date, the company’s donations have enabled FareShare to redistribute enough food for more than 800,000 meals for people in need. The company’s staff also volunteer regularly at FareShare’s Regional Centres, where surplus from the food and drink industry is sorted and redistributed to local charities and community groups.

Stephen can be sponsored at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stephen-Lea2

Find out more about volunteering opportunities at FareShare Merseyside and other regional centres across the UK at: http://fareshare.org.uk/volunteering/