A FAMILY-of-four is taking on a mammoth trek to provide meals for children in severe poverty.

The Bonner family has taken on a 7,138-mile year-long virtual walking challenge, with the hopes of raising the same number in cash for charity Mary’s Meals.

Karen Bonner, 37, Steven, 41, and their two children Liam, eight and Ryan, six will cover the distance from their home in Bellshill to Malawi city Blantyre.

The mum of two said: “As a family, we absolutely love Mary’s Meals, and are amazed by its simple concept.

"We have supported the charity in lots of different ways over the years; from making donations in lieu of wedding favours at our wedding, to taking part in a Lent fundraising challenge.

“In order to complete our challenge, we will arrange walking events throughout the year, and on winter nights, we’ll use the treadmill at home.”

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Malawi is on of the 19 countries that the charity serves meals each school day.

To accomplish their goal the family will need to collectively walk an average of five miles a day this year.

Planned walking events will include a 10-mile Easter walk from their home to the David Livingston Centre in Blantyre.

The kind-hearted family has already raised more than £1,080.

The charity is asking more people to get active by taking part in its Miles For Mary’s Meals campaign to raise funds to help feed hungry children.

Gillian McMahon, director of supporter engagement at Mary’s Meals, said: “We are so grateful to the Bonner family for going the extra mile to help feed hungry children during this uncertain time."Funds raised for the charity until the end of January will be matched by the UK Government.

Ms McMahon added: "Whether it’s doing your regular run, getting on your bike or upping your daily step count, we hope that lots of people will get moving and take part in Miles For Mary’s Meals."