VIDEO: Town pulls together in Penny’s memory

People in Belper have been pulling together in preparation for an annual sporting event held in memory of a woman who suffered from a rare disease.

Penny Wheeler, who suffered from two rare diseases — scleroderma and pulmonary fibrosis — lost her brave battle in December 2012.

The Belper Game, a it’s a knockout style event, takes place on Saturday (July 20) at Belper Rugby Club and around 18 teams will compete, including one from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue. Team captain, Andrew Stevenson said: “We have had a lot longer to prepare for this year’s event giving us an opportunity to pick the cream of the crop and we’re confident that this year we will be able to claim the title.”

Belper based recording studio, SoundHub have also put a team together, Tom Carter who runs the studio said; “Our team had great fun at last year’s Games and it was a brilliant day out, there was so many people there and plenty to do for those who weren’t involved in the main games.”

Her husband, and organiser of the Games, Nick Wheeler said: “Everything is coming along nicely now, this year’s event will be bigger and better than last years and there’s definitely something for everyone. We have had some great support so far and want to raise as much money as we can for the Penny’s Fund charities and the additional charity that we’re supporting this year; Ataxia UK. We’re also keeping everything crossed that the great British weather will be kind to us on the day.”

The events will also see be a huge array of stalls selling crafts and local produce. There will also be a children’s area with lots of fun activities including fairground attractions and a bouncy castle. There will be live music, a licensed bar and beer festival, numerous side shows and demonstrations from local clubs and organisations.

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

The Belper Games will run from 11am until 5pm. Entry costs £2.50 for adults and £1 for children under 14 to attend.