Run for the homeless

the group on their run

School of Sport and Service Management and Health Science students joined Eastbourne Boxing Club in a run for the homeless organised by the university’s boxing team.

The event took place at the beginning of December to distribute items to help Eastbourne’s homeless through the cold winter. Donations were received from staff and students, the University of Brighton boxing team and members of Eastbourne Boxing Club.

As the name suggests they group ran through the streets of Eastbourne to hand out the items which included clothing, torches, washing products and food.

Physical Education BA(Hons) student Scout Wheeler, who was joined by other PE students and those from sport and exercise science, physiotherapy and nursing courses said: “I got involved in the run because it was a good cause. It’s so cold in the winter months and if I could give back to the local community who were in need, I was more than happy to do so.”

Scout’s thoughts were echoed by others who took part:

Vismante Vaskunaite said: “It was an eye opener. It made me realise and appreciate the little things we take for granted that other people wish for small and basic things like blankets, a scarf and gloves, toothpaste and sausage rolls.”

Matt Robson said: “I liked that it’s giving back to the local community and that bit of Christmas spirit.”

Lee Ong said: “The homeless run was a cheerful event that brought together a great and hardworking team for a noble cause. Everyone put in work and donations, some even travelled from Brighton for the event. We ran in the cold and rain at night, even along the pitch black seafront where some choose to sleep. After the run had ended, the majority of the group chose to stay and walk in the rain to try and find more souls. The homeless run was a wonderful experience and I believe everyone involved felt the Christmas spirit that night.”

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