CHEDDAR First School is encouraging people to lace up their trainers and join Race Against Hunger in support of anti-poverty charity the Trussell Trust.

Pupils aged two to nine are taking up the challenge and, alongside their teachers and parents, walking around the school field to help raise vital funds to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Acting headteacher teacher Suzi Smith hopes to inspire more people across Cheddar to sign up for Race Against Hunger on Saturday, April 2.

Fundraisers can plan their own route and complete the event at a time that suits them.

Alone or with families, friends, colleagues or their school, this is an opportunity for everyone to put their foot down on UK poverty.

Participants will get training guides and support, T-shirt, a back sign and ribbon armband to wear on the day.

Mrs Smith said: “We know how difficult it can be for our parents when they cannot afford to feed their children and what a difference it makes to our children when they are well fed and happy.

“We are really aware of the issues of poverty and hunger, and we work alongside our local food bank to signpost people and families facing hardship to the food bank, and we also organise food collections.

"We deeply care about our community and we cherish the opportunity to do more.

“Cheddar First has over 200 pupils of different ages and we are trying to get all of them involved in Race Against Hunger.

"It’s something different and fun for kids to do whilst supporting a cause that can make the difference for our community.”

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of more than 1,300 food bank centres, including one in Cheddar, which provide emergency food and support to help people in crisis.

The charity believes that everyone should be able to afford the essentials in life and have the dignity of buying their own food and is campaigning for change to create a future where no one needs to use a food bank to get by.

Join Team Trussell and get your fundraising guide, training tips and much more via and show Cheddar First some support by donating to their fundraising page at