Games to begin in memory of Belper woman

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An It’s a Knockout-style event set up to raise funds for a Belper woman who suffered from a rare disease 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 20.

Mrs Wheeler, who suffered from two rare 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.

They have joined forces with Kerry Bull, who lives in Belper and suffers from a condition called Ataxia, which affects balance and co-ordination. They have run a number of fundraising events in the town in the past to raise funds for the charity. Kerry and her husband Jim are helping Penny’s family to help organise the event.

Speaking about the partnership, Penny Wheeler’s husband, Nick, said: “We were really pleased to be working with Kerry for this year’s event. She works hard to plan events to raise funds for Ataxia sufferers and we both have the same vision for our events - to ensure everyone who attends has as much fun as possible in addition to raising funds for worthy charities.”

All funds raised from this year’s event will be split between the Scleroderma Society, Plumonary Fibrosis Trust and Ataxia UK.

Nick continued: “We received so many positive comments from those who attended last year and we couldn’t believe how many people turned out in the day. We’re very busy at the moment planning the 2013 Games and there’s lots of exciting stuff planned so far, we’re aiming to make them even bigger than last year!”

In addition to the Games there will be entertainment throughout the evening including live music from local bands, food, a bar courtesy of the Rugby Club and a whole host of other entertainment.