Fundraisers to push bed for 12 miles for Chesterfield cancer centre

The kind-hearted fundraisers will push the bed from the Jolly Farmer pub to Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The kind-hearted fundraisers will push the bed from the Jolly Farmer pub to Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
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Fundraisers are set to push a hospital bed 12 miles to help make the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre a reality.

The epic journey from the Jolly Farmer pub in Dronfield Woodhouse to Chesterfield Royal Hospital will take place from 9am on Saturday, April 9.

It will be on the anniversary of when Jolly Farmer landlord Ashley Tipper sadly lost his grandmother to lung cancer.

Mary Tipper, a retired nurse, had been treated for cancer in hospital in March last year for the fifth time in three months and was helping Ashley to plan the route before she died on April 11, 2015.

Ashley, 30, said: “My world was ripped apart when I lost her.

“We were really close. I kept thinking ‘what do I do, how do I help, how do we cope?’

“Me and my nan often spoke about my fundraising and it is something she was very proud of and always supported me in.

“We talked of the bed push and I asked if I could wheel her out for a test drive, always getting that look that only nans give you.

“Ten months on I miss her, but I am ready to do something amazing with some incredible friends and we will push that hospital bed in her memory and for those who have also lost loved ones to cancer.”

The fundraiser will start at the pub, head into Chesterfield town centre and on to Calow Lane for the uphill trek to the hospital.

The money will help build the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre, which will offer more than 20 chemotherapy chairs, two treatment beds and three treatment rooms to north Derbyshire residents.

To support the bed push team, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/jollyfarmer

To support the Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre in other ways, contact Rob Turner on 07545 419 725 or email rturner@macmillan.org.uk