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Stanton man Kevin Bird takes on 300,000 step challenge to raise money for Gatehouse and Thetford foodbanks




A Stanton man is putting his best foot forward this month to raise vital funds for two local foodbanks.

Kevin Bird has set himself the challenge of walking at least 300,000 steps in the month of May – the equivalent to around 150 miles – and is asking friends and family to donate money, which will be split between Gatehouse in Bury St Edmunds and the Thetford Foodbank.

“I think I was a bit naive when it came to foodbanks and I didn’t realise until all this happened with coronavirus how much foodbanks actually do and how much they’re needed by people,” said Kevin, who runs a family plastering business.

STANTON: Kevin Bird is aiming to walk 300,000 steps in May for foodbanks..Kevin Bird is aiming to walk 300,000 miles this month to raise money for Gatehouse and Thetford foodbank. He had an initial target of £300 and is already almost at £500.Picture by Mark Westley. (34643152)
STANTON: Kevin Bird is aiming to walk 300,000 steps in May for foodbanks..Kevin Bird is aiming to walk 300,000 miles this month to raise money for Gatehouse and Thetford foodbank. He had an initial target of £300 and is already almost at £500.Picture by Mark Westley. (34643152)

“It’s great to be able to do this and make a bit of a difference to people. It’s something that I’ll definitely be continuing even after this challenge is over.”

And Kevin has also been reaping the benefits of the challenge, which sees him walk around five miles every day, and had lost a stone in the first 11 days.

“I set myself a goal of losing eight stone about a year and a half ago and now I only have three and a half to go,” he said.

“I feel absolutely brilliant for getting out every day and walking and I’m feeling really fit and healthy.

“When life goes back to normal, I will be a completely different person. Everyone is already commenting on my weight-loss and that’s just making me want to push ahead and smash this challenge.”

But it hasn’t been easy, with Kevin having only been able to go for one walk a day during lockdown.

“It’s been really difficult and it’s definitely a challenge. But it’s for such a great cause and I’ve always been someone who wants to do what I can for the community so I feel like it’s a win-win situation during what is such a horrible time for so many people,” he said.

He is now hoping that others will be inspired to start similar fitness challenges for charities.

“I’d love it to have a domino effect,” he said. “Two of my friends are doing the NHS Couch to 5K podcast which has been really good because we’ve been encouraging each other to keep going,” he said.

“Another friend has decided to take on the 300,000 step challenge which is really good news.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kevin-bird


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