Charities get their just desserts
What a plum idea! Organisers of Sheffield's annual Percy Pud 10km race have donated hundreds of Christmas puddings to city charities after being lumbered with the festive desserts.
The Steel City Striders Running Club traditionally gives away a Christmas pudding to everyone who competes in the 10km road race around Loxley. But after snow forced this year's challenge to be rescheduled from December 5 to the Sunday after, roughly a third of contestants dropped out. That meant the club had about 600 puddings in storage – or, more specifically, in race director Richard Dunk's garage.
"So we thought the best thing to do, what with it being Christmas and all, would be to give them away," he says.
"It was a bit disheartening for the club because obviously we like a big turn out for the race. But it's nice to turn things around and make this a positive.
"The charities we're giving to all have a real impact in Sheffield and it's great to be able to do our bit help them. Hopefully, it means the puddings will be enjoyed by hundreds of people who otherwise might not have a proper Christmas dessert."
The puddings will be divided between the Salvation Army, St Luke's Hospice and HARC (Homeless and Roofless at Christmas). Plums-up to that.
(Reproduced courtesy of The Sheffield Star)