Volunteers Frances Rayner, Alex Coates, Anna Foster and Harriet Tunnicliff pictured last year helping families in time for Christmas.

A 12-hour virtual cycling challenge is taking place in Downham Market today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Volunteers on three exercise bikes in the town square will be taking turns to cycle from 8am to 2pm on both days.

The event is to raise money for The Downham and District No Child Goes Hungry Scheme which donates food and toiletries to families in need.

Organiser Frances Rayner said: “We are aiming to cycle the equivalent of 600 miles, the distance from Downham Market to Civray in France, the town Downham is twinned with.

“The point of this challenge is to raise money for the No Child Goes Hungry Scheme which has supported families during the pandemic.

“The number of food packages have gone down which is good news, I think it shows people must be getting back on their feet again which is a really positive thing.

“But we know come the summer holidays and beyond things could change again. The money goes to the food, we need to raise £4,500.”

So far, volunteers have raised around £800 and hope the virtual cycle challenge will boost that.

There will be bucket collections at the socially-distanced event for visitors or donations can be made to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/nochildgoeshungry