Heage pub stages charity tribute

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A landlady and her punters have organised a charity weekend as a tribute to a friend and mentor who lost his battle with cancer.

The Windmill Inn pub, on Park Road, Heage, will host the two-day event to raise money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

Lorraine Frogatt, 37, lost her friend John Redfern to oesophageal cancer last year, aged 70.

She said: “We are raising money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre as it was a cause very close to John’s heart and we would like to honour that.”

The weekend, starting on Saturday, September 27, will kick off with 25 pub-goers and community members setting off from the pub at 2pm and cycling 100 miles to the holiday centre based in Skegness.

The mother-of-two said: “We have dubbed the cycle ‘Riding for Redders’ – incorporating John’s nickname. He was a pillar of the community and we know he would have loved this.”

After bidding farewell to the cyclists, the pub will host a balloon race, a car boot, a bouncy castle and live music.

The fun day on Sunday, September 28, will take place from 2pm and will include darts and dominos competitions, a buffet, a raffle, and an auction with prizes donated from local companies.

Funds will be donated to the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre which provides disadvantaged Derbyshire children with holidays in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

At the present time it provides 450 holiday places per season.

The residential experience contributes to the personal and social development of the children.