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EIGHTEEN teams have signed-up to take part in an It’s a Knockout-style tournament at the Belper Games, an event in support of rare illness sufferer Penny Wheeler.

After months of planning and preparation the Games will take place on July 21 and promises to be a day filled with family fun and entertainment.

The event comes after £1,600 worth of local fundraising for the cause fund in June. Penny’s family must find £25,000 every year to pay for treatment to fight scleroderma, an incurable condition where her bodys immune system attacks itself.

Now, scores of people have pulled together to organise the Games with a huge craft fair, food festival, bar and raffle. More than 30 stalls have signed up for the event with everything from fashion and accessories, arts and crafts and freshly made local goods.

Organisers are also attempting to break the world record for piggy back racing – with more than 163 pairs needed.

There will also be a children’s area with including fairground attractions, a bouncy castle, soft archery, a test your strength game and for adults a spill the milk attraction.

Even the town’s firefighters are getting involved in the Knockout competition.

Team captain Andrew Stevenson said: “Everyone on the team is really excited about the Games. Training hasn’t been an issue as we’re always on the go anyway. It’s brilliant to be able to take part in a huge event that brings the community together and helps raise money for a very good cause.”

The event will open at 11am and will cost £2.50 for adults and £1 for children under 14 to attend.

Penny’s husband Nick said: “The idea behind the games was to offer people living in and around Belper a day to remember.”