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Fundraiser rises to the challenge at wassail

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An intrepid fundraiser ticked two challenges off a marathon list when she took part in a traditional ceremony.

Sheila Whitehead aims to raise £700 for Ashgate Hospice by completing 70 tasks ahead of her 70th birthday in September She has already raised £633 through 27 tasks.

On Sunday, January 12, she danced with Chesterfield’s Cock and Magpie Morris dancers wearing a willow decoration which she had woven as part of her challenges.

Performing at the third annual wassail in Inkerman Park, Ashgate, Chesterfield, Sheila, of Old Whittington, said: “I joined the group for the wassail but enjoyed rehearsing so I will be continuing.”

Members of the public joined in Morris dancing and singing around 13 fruit trees donated by the borough council and Transition Chesterfield. Hot cider and cold apple juice, made by Transition Chesterfield from fruit grown in the town, refreshed the crowd.

The wassail was run by Shirley Niblock, secretary of Friends Of The Inkerman, who said that the wassail raised the profile of the park in winter. She added: “Wassail is a traditional event that happens in the cider orchards in Hereford so we copied it!”

 

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