On Saturday 25th April Luton Town FC Community Trust staff used their daily personal exercise allowance to run, jog or walk as far as they could in the 45 minute exercise window allowed by the government. The target was to reach a cumulative total of 100kms on the day and to raise £1,000.
In the end the staff smashed both targets on the day covering more than 140 kms and raising over £1,500. The fundraiser was in response to the pandemic and subsequent job losses in the community that meant those who were self-employed or on zero hours contracts could easily find themselves unable to support their families, through no fault of their own.
Head of Trust, Kevin Thornburn, said: “We’ve furloughed almost everyone temporarily but given our staff were all keen to contribute in some way, using their permitted exercise allowance was the simplest and quickest way they could think of to raise money to feed Luton families at such short notice – smashing both targets on the day was a bonus!”
Daniel Douglas, Community OP’s, said: “As a Trust we are passionate about using football to promote inclusion and equality for all of our communities. This initiative by the staff was a great example of effective social action. From start to finish, it took us seven days to deliver the food”
Luton Foodbank’s Salam Khan, said: “ We are so grateful for the Club’s continued support.”