Belper Games are set to return

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A fundraiser set up in memory of a Belper woman who suffered from two rare diseases will return this summer.

Organisers have confirmed the Belper Games, which was established to raise funds for Belper woman Penny Wheeler, will be held on July 19.

Mrs Wheeler, who suffered from the diseases scleroderma and pulmonary fibrosis lost her brave battle in December 2012.

But her family has vowed to carry on raising funds for the two charities that support sufferers of Penny’s conditions and also help raise funds for another charity.

Last year the organisers raised over £12,000 which was split equally between Ataxia UK, The Scleroderma Society and The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust and they hope to smash that target this year with their most ambitious event to date.

Organiser Nick Wheeler, Penny’s husband, said he thought this year was going to be the best yet.

“We’ve thrown everything at it this year. Penny loved seeing people having a good time so everything we do is with her in mind,” he said.

As well as the Its A Knockout-style contest there will be hot food, a licensed bar, a mini-beer festival, live music throughout the day, dance performances, artisan craft stalls and an after-show party to round off the day with music from party band Groove 66.

“We’re always looking for new people to take part so if you’ve got ten friends who are willing to make fools out of themselves for charity then get in touch.” said organiser Kerry Bull, who was diagnosed with Ataxia aged 17.

“The more the merrier,” she added.

Anyone interested in entering a team should contact Kate Hall via email at