Cycling 150 miles to raise money for Middleton Foodbank

Date published: 18 May 2020

A Middleton woman is raising much-needed funds for the Middleton Foodbank, by cycling 150 miles throughout the month of May.

Grace Wray and her husband, Dom, started volunteering for the foodbank, based at the Lighthouse Project, at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown period, after she began working from home and he was furloughed.

Grace and Dom began volunteering after asking the Lighthouse Project’s Manager, Pam Semp – who is also Grace’s mum – if they needed any help.

Grace said: “Every Wednesday, Dom and I borrow a van from his employer, Commercial Contract Engineers Ltd in Rochdale. We go to Morrisons in Whitefield to collect food donations and deliver them to the foodbank.

“I noticed each week the foodbank would be short of certain foods and so I decided to raise money for them.”


Dom Wray with the van borrowed from his employer, Commercial Contract Engineers Ltd
Dom Wray with the van borrowed from his employer, Commercial Contract Engineers Ltd


After receiving a bicycle for her birthday at the start of May, Grace decided to set herself a challenge to stay fit and motivated during lockdown.

Within hours of setting up her online fundraising page, Grace had hit her initial £150 target, which is now currently set at £750.

So far, she has cycled around 46 miles around Middleton, along the Rochdale canal, Alkrington Woods, Chadderton Park and Heaton Park.

The Middleton Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust network, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local communities across the UK. During the current pandemic, the foodbank continues to support local people by providing emergency food to those in crisis.

Despite generous food donations, they are running short of some items.

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