Spencer gives foodbank a fireman’s lift

26th May 2020

FIREFIGHTER Spencer Smith completed the hefty challenge of running a half marathon around the borough and carrying out a 100-metre casualty drag – all in his full emergency kit.

His efforts were all the more impressive as Spencer, a retained firefighter based at Newcastle station, had just come off a very busy shift.

With his help Newcastle-Staffs Foodbank has raised more than £4,500 to help it carry out its work.

Spencer, aged 45 of Hartshill, said: “I completed the half marathon in three hours and five minutes which I didn’t think was too bad considering I’d been on an incident since 5.45am!

“Any help for the foodbank will be greatly appreciated. It’s an amazing cause.”

Spencer’s route took him through Knutton, Alsagers Bank, Scott Hay, Silverdale and towards Clayton, starting and finishing at the station in Knutton Lane.

The foodbank, based in Chesterton, has seen a 32 per cent increase in clients this year, with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak causing many more families and individuals to seek support. It fed more than 1,000 people in March and April.

Fundraiser Ann King said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to our appeal for funds and support since the coronavirus outbreak and we want to say thank you to each and every person, like Spencer, who has gone out of their way to show they care for people in their community.”

You can still help to support our foodbank with a donation by clicking here.

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