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Homeless are given a barrow-load of food
RUNNER Alistair Mabbutt pushed a 70kg wheelbarrow of soup tins to homeless charity Threshold Housing Link on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old, who works for logistics company Norbert Dentressangle, ran the five-and-a-half mile trip from his office in South Marston to the Culvery Court Emergency Hostel in the town centre while pushing a wheelbarrow piled high with 124 tins of soup donated by friends, colleagues, and company clients.
He said: “It didn’t seem like such a big thing until we brought the wheelbarrow out and filled it with all the tins and I lifted it and realised how heavy it was.
“We put a strap on it so I could take some of the weight around my back.
“When I was doing the journey I was thinking a combination of things, including ‘this is hard’ and ‘this is for a really good cause’ and amusement.
“I got quite a few beeps from people who spotted me along the way and quite a few looks as I went through the Tesco car park at Ocotal Way.
“It took me one hour and 18 minutes door-to-door, and I was greeted by the very grateful Simon Bennet and some more of his staff from Threshold.”
Alistair decided to take part in the soup run after spotting an article about it in the Adver earlier this month encouraging readers to join the soup run 2013and donate food to Threshold Housing Link.
The food donated will help to provide many of Swindon’s homeless with a hot meal over the winter months.
Alistair said: “It was a spur of the moment thing and I planned just to fill a rucksack of tins and run to the shelter.
“But so many people got behind it with loads of people bringing tins in and virtual donations from friends, who sent me money to spend on tins of food that it filled a wheelbarrow.”
Alistair, who also took part in the Swindon half marathon earlier this month, wanted to take part to help raise awareness of the plight of the homeless.
He said: “I think what those guys do is incredible. That we still have homelessness in this day and age is beyond belief.
“The work that this charity does is amazing, holding soup runs, offering a drop in centre and even access to emergency hostel for homeless people of Swindon.”
To find out more about Threshold visit www.thl.org.uk or call 01793 524661. To donate to the charity text THRS01 with the amount of your donation e.g. THRS01 £5/£10 to 70070.
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