Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club run the distance for Hebburn Helps with Boxing Day fundraiser

Sporting stalwarts raised hundreds to help people in need in their community.

Saturday, 25th January 2020, 8:00 am
Hebburn Helps Co-founder's Angie Comeford (left) and Jo Durkin (right) with Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club athlete Alexis Dodds

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club were quick to run off their Christmas dinners as their athletes took part in the clubs annual handicap race on Boxing Day in order to raise money for Hebburn Helps.

The club managed to raise £250 with a handicap race over three miles, and today handed over a cheque to the cause.

More than 30 of the club’s athletes took part in the annual event, including Alexis Dood, who was on hand at Monkton Stadium to present Hebburn Helps with their donation.

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Hebburn Helps Co-founder Angie, said: “The generosity is amazing. Without the input from the community we would not be able to operate and help people.”

Hebburn Helps is a South Tyneside charity which provides a community foodbank and crisis response team to help families who are struggling.

Jarrow and Hebburn AC take part in a number of community events and fundraisers throughout the year and are keen to attract even more athletes to get involved in the community-focused club.

Newcomer Alexis has hit the ground running since joining the club, winning a gold medal as part of the Senior Female Team and the North East Cross Country Championships in Alnwick last weekend.

She said: “Everyone is welcome at this club. Don’t be nervous or scared. In no time at all me and my husband have made friends for life.”