Olympic hopeful gives star trainers

Holly Bleasdale has donated her favourite footwear to the 'Great Trainer Donation', a campaign raising funds for Mary's Meals.

Holly Bleasdale has donated her favourite footwear to the 'Great Trainer Donation', a campaign raising funds for Mary's Meals.

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Olympic gold medal hopeful Holly Bleasdale has donated the trainers she wore when she set a new British record to a charity auction.

Teaming up with other celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment, the 20-year-old pole vaulter from Chorley is backing the ‘Great Trainer Donation’ campaign.

The campaign is raising funds for Mary’s Meals, which sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, and the charity for this year’s Tesco Great School Run.

Holly has given the trainers she wore when she set a new British pole vaulting record with a 4.53m vault at the British Under-23 Championships in 2011.

Proceeds from the former Parklands High School pupil’s famous pair of trainers will go towards feeding more than 600,000 hungry children in places of education every single school day.

Ruth Girardet, Tesco’s corporate responsibility and community director, said: “Now in its eighth year, the Tesco Great School Run programme aims to encourage healthy lifestyle choices for school children.

“This year we’re delighted to have Mary’s Meals as our official charity and are grateful for the support of the children and celebrities who have been fund-raising to help the charity carry on with their work.”