A headteacher from Bognor is hoping to keep a weekly breakfast service for homeless people running by taking part in a 10k race this weekend.
Peter Edgington, who has been headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Glamis Street for three years, said 20 people turn up for a free hot meal every Sunday morning at Our Lady of the Sorrows church in Clarence Road.
The popular service has been going for a year and a half, and Mr Edgington said: “More and more people have come along since it started.”
The breakfasts began after the church discovered that, while homeless people were able to get a meal every other morning of the week, there was no provision on Sundays.
Mr Edgington said: “As anyone who lives in Bognor knows, homelessness is increasing.
“There are lots of people sleeping rough in the town, as well as in the hostels.”
Mr Edgington has already raised £500 towards keeping the service going and said people been ‘really generous’.
The event in Bognor this weekend will be the first 10k he has ever run, as he said: “I wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone.”
While waking up at 5am twice a week to go for a run may not have been easy, he said: “It’s just beautiful running along the seafront, it’s so calm and clear.”
To support the cause, visit Mr Edgington’s fundraising page here.
Read more about the Bognor 10k on Sunday here.