On your marks and get set for The Belper Games

Action from a previous Belper Games.
Action from a previous Belper Games.

A community sports event in Belper is pulling out all the stops to ensure this year’s event is a sure-fire winner.

Following the unprecedented success of the event in 2014, organisers are promising a few surprise extras when the fourth annual games gets underway at Belper Rugby Club on Saturday July 18.

All proceeds from the event, held in memory of Penny Wheeler, are donated to The Scleroderma Society, Ataxia UK and The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust.

The Belper Games originally started out as a small, fun way to raise the funds desperately needed for medication that was unavailable to Penny, a Scleroderma and Pulmonary Fibrosis patient. Penny lost her battle with the illness in December 2012, but it was with her blessing that the event went ahead for a second year.

The team added help in the form of local couple Kerry and Jim Bull. Kerry was diagnosed with Fredreichs Ataxia at the age of 17 and they had previously held their own successful fundraising events. Since then the community has rallied round and the event continues to get bigger and better each year.

“We knew we had to up the ante for 2015, so we did,” commented Kerry.

This year’s event will kick-off earlier than usual on the Friday night with a real ale festival, live music from Jasper Malone and a disco provided by Node56.

Jasper said: “The Belper Games is the biggest local community event and I’m thrilled to be involved in it, both as a performer and as part of Node56.”

In addition to the pre-games party, organisers have laid on a campsite for those not wanting to miss any of the fun. Pitches start from £7.50, and to book email thebelpergames@gmail.com.

Campsite manager Jim added: “People love the idea of packing up the kids and spending the weekend here. Even if they live locally, it adds to the fun.” For more details about the games, visit www.facebook.com/thebelpergames or @thebelpergames on Twitter or Instagram.