Fife pensioner donates funds to foodbanks after finishing ‘couch to 5k’ challenge

A St Andrews pensioner who completed his ‘couch to 5k’ fundraising challenge has given £1387 to important local causes.

James Yule walked and jogged his way around his garden for eight weeks, sponsored by a growing number of donors as he closed in on his 5k target.

At the end of May, James celebrated as he crossed the finish line.

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One month on, the 81-year-old has split the money he raised from the challenge to various local groups.

“A huge thank you to all my donors, who in total donated £1387,” said James.

“Your generosity is much appreciated by those in the community who are in desperate need. There are still a number of donations to come in, so there will be donations to other charitable organisations.”

As James is still shielding and unable to leave his home, representatives Joe Preece (Cupar Foodbank), Scott White (St Andrews Foodbank), Richard Wemyss (East Neuk Foodbank) and Stewart English (Levenmouth Foodbank) travelled to meet him in his front garden at Braeside House.

Each foodbank was presented with a cheque for £250.

Taybridgehead Foodbank will also be receiving a donation.

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On behalf of all the recipients, Richard said: “It was really nice to meet James and his family. The demand on our foodbank, like all the others, has risen significantly but the community support has also risen. We are delighted James has completed his ‘couch to 5k’ challenge and in the process raised funds for the foodbanks. It is through this type of help from James and other generous donors that we continue to meet the needs of our community.”

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