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A local charity and supermarket are teaming up tomorrow, with a marathon-inspired event in Sudbury.

Volunteers from Sainsbury’s and their charity of the year, The Befriending Scheme, will be running, walking and cycling to raise funds and awareness for their work with vulnerable people in the county.

Three special outdoor runs have been designed at two, three and five-mile distances; starting and finishing at the store.

Meanwhile, volunteers will be able to cycle using an exercise bike and walk on a treadmill, with a goal of reaching at least 26 miles in total as a team.

Rob Taylor, marketing and promotions officer at The Befriending Scheme said: “We wanted to do something different in terms of fundraising and hold a special event that everyone can take part in.

“With the London Marathon just having taken place, it’s a great chance for us to challenge ourselves and help our community and members and for Sainsbury’s to help us to raise more awareness.”

The event starts at midday with the five mile run, the three mile runs starts at 1pm and the two mile begins at 1.30pm.

Cycling and walking will be ongoing in the store, with volunteers invited to take a 15 minute slot of either until the event closes at 4pm.

Mr Taylor added: “We encourage everyone to take part, whatever their abilities, this isn’t a runners-only event but a fun way that everyone can help our work with vulnerable people.

“You can help by either by running, walking or cycling or by making a donation”.

To donate or to get involved, please contact Rob Taylor on 01787 371333 or via info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk.

The Befriending Scheme provides friendship and learning opportunities for adults from vulnerable groups, including those with mental health needs and older people.

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