After her whirlwind rise to becoming a British Olympic cycling medallist, Neah Evans has taken time out to encourage people across Greater Manchester to get moving in support of Mary’s Meals.

Neah, who won a silver medal at the Olympics in Tokyo as part of the women’s team pursuit squad, is encouraging locals to take part in the charity’s Move For Meals challenge.

She says: “Move For Meals encourages physical activity while helping Mary’s Meals to feed hungry children in some of the world’s poorest countries.  

“It doesn’t matter how you move – you can choose any activity, from cycling to dancing. So, everyone can take part!”

Mary’s Meals recently announced that it is reaching more than two million hungry children in 19 countries with a nutritious daily meal. The promise of food attracts impoverished children to the classroom, where they can gain an education that will one day be their ladder out of poverty.

Gillian McMahon, director of supporter engagement at Mary’s Meals, says: “Many of us were inspired to get moving by athletes like Neah during the Tokyo Olympics.

“Now, people can turn their moves into meals by setting themselves an active challenge to raise funds to help reach the next million children waiting for Mary’s Meals.”

It costs just £15.90 for Mary’s Meals to feed a child at school for a whole year, with 93p from every £1 going directly to the charity’s feeding programmes. 

By taking part in Move For Meals, fundraisers are helping to transform the lives of children like eight-year-old Joseph, who attends Tanambao Primary School in Madagascar.

Joseph, whose favourite subject is science, says: “The first time I heard that we will start to eat at school, I was not able to imagine how it can be possible to feed all the children every lunch time, every day, but now it is happening, it’s amazing! I hope that this school feeding programme will continue forever!”

To find out more about organising your own Move For Meals fundraiser, visit marysmeals.org.uk/move