Belper Games raises £30,000

Belper Games 2016, the Pottie Pops team and children from Pottery Primary School
Belper Games 2016, the Pottie Pops team and children from Pottery Primary School

A staggering £30,000 has been raised from the Belper Games held last month in memory of Penny Wheeler.

For the first time the event was split over a two day weekend event, and kicked off with a free film night on the Friday night.

Organisers of the group said: “It’s wasn’t easy to take an already successful event and add a whole extra day but we knew you good people of Belper wouldn’t let us down and we’re thrilled to have made even more money for the small charities we support.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Belper Games Weekender raised a phenomenal £30,000.

“We want to thank all the volunteers, stall holders, traders, food vendors, amusement providers, the Rugby Club and most of all the good people of Belper for helping make this event such a success.

“You almost drank the bars dry and we hope you had as much fun as we did.”

Set up five years ago to raise funds for Penny’s Fund, a local charity which provides funding for three charities, Ataxia UK, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust, and Scleroderma and Raynauds UK.

It was established in 2010 by friends and family of Penny Wheeler of Belper to raise the funds needed to provide Penny with vital medical equipment.

She had been diagnosed three years previously with two rare and complicated illnesses.

She he died in 2012 and her memory now lives on with the Games which is now a fond and eagerly anticipated event in the Belper calendar.