STAFF and volunteers at the Pennypit Trust in Prestonpans took on a challenge that saw them running, walking, cycling and swimming five kilometres a day for the whole of last month.

They took part in the 5k-a-Day challenge, which raised money for Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids.

The charity helps children and young people living in the Lothians, Edinburgh, Fife and Falkirk.

The Pennypit team got involved due to their close links to the charity, which has previously donated the Pennypit money.

Angela Davie, Pennypit Trust manager, said: “We are quite an active team because of the work we do, some play and coach sports, and have actually been completing closer to 10k a day.

“A challenge like this one means a lot of people can take part and raise money.”

The team at the Pennypit completed the challenge on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, the Pennypit has been busy helping feed and entertain local people.

It has been running a unicorn quest game, which it was able to hold thanks to money it received from the local area partnership.

It was supposed to start earlier this year but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Similar to last year’s Beat the Street, it promotes active travel and heritage in people’s hometowns.

Angela described it as a “free and fun family outing”, adding “it’s trying to get people active in their own community and learning things about heritage and history”.

The game has six different themed mini-games, each one having different tasks to complete; all routes are mapped out and allow people to explore their local area.

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The Pennypit’s pantries also remain open across Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, Tranent and Longniddry, and it also recently started a befriending service to help those in need.

During lockdown earlier this year, the Pennypit started a hot meals service which is still delivering to 65 people every week.

Angela said that the Pennypit was “going to try and keep everything going for as long as possible”.

The Pennypit also recently received a £1,000 grant from Tesco and its Bags of Help scheme. The money will be used to help those in need over the festive period.

The Pennypit also ran its lunch and sports clubs during the October break.

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The lunch club ensures that children who usually receive free school meals continue to get access to food during the school holidays.

Angela thanked senior pupils at Preston Lodge High School who volunteered at the clubs, adding: “Without the school support, we wouldn’t have been able to run these clubs.”