Archdeacon raises £3K for the homeless

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An Archdeacon has run hundreds of miles across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex to support the voluntary work of hundreds of volunteers who open their churches as night shelters for the homeless.

The Venerable Dr David Jenkins, Archdeacon of Sudbury, was joined by fellow runners from across Suffolk throughout the year for five 10k races five half marathons.

The committed charity racers also ran hundreds of miles during training, with the challenge starting on New Year’s Day for the Wymondham 10k.

Races through the year included competing at Stowmarket, Bungay, Norwich, Colchester, Great Bentley Southend and Ipswich.

Archdeacon David and colleagues’ latest challenge comes after he and others completed 10 races in a year during 2014 to raise thousands of pounds to help families whose loved ones experience the ups and downs of autism.

Archdeacon David, 53, lives at Great Whelnetham with his wife Sarah and his three children. The Bury Pacers running club member said: “This is a very worthwhile cause and we are delighted to have raised about £3,500 to help those who sleep rough at wintertime.

“The half marathon particularly was a very tough distance for us, we trained across hundreds of miles, and raced 95 miles during the events.

“We all greatly enjoyed the experience of last year and were keen not to lose that sense of camaraderie and purpose in 2015.

“It was important to us all to raise some money to help others in need but more importantly to raise the profile of homelessness in Suffolk.”

Runners taking part through 2015 were Charlotte Hodgson, the assistant secretary for the diocesan advisory committee; the Revd Dave Gardner, Director of Mission for the diocese; Liz Baalham and David Wilson.

The money will support a scheme in Ipswich where volunteers open churches to homeless people from December 2, for the 15 coldest weeks of winter.