THE Utilita Hub-to-Hub Challenge has raised £2,700 for Newport's Independent Arts.

Donations came flooding in for the social based isolation charity during the 516-mile fundraiser which included walking, running, cycling and skipping.

Independent Arts' usual events have been impeded by coronavirus regulations.

The charity fundraiser powered by Utilita — a smart pay-as-you-go energy supplier — kicked off on May 18 for five weeks, and included a team from the Newport Energy Hub.

The 516 miles mark the equivalent distance from the Utilita hub in Newport to the hub in Leith.

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Across the UK, teams from Utilita Energy hubs have been taking part in the challenge, clocking up a mammoth 3,324 miles to collectively raise more than £16,000 for a range of charities and support groups.

The Newport team completed the miles by making the most out of outdoor spaces, included completing laps in the park at Church Litten, until the milestone was complete.

Katherine Allen, Utilita Hub manager in Newport, said: “We admire the incredible work by Independent Arts to support disadvantaged groups who are socially isolated or suffering with poor mental health.

"With many charities and businesses falling on hard times during the pandemic, we appreciate it can be a real struggle to keep up donations to stay afloat.

"With that said, we’re thrilled to have raised £2,700 for Independent Arts to support their cause, and hope to support them further in the future.”