THE DERBYSHIRE Times is gearing up to raise £25,000 for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary.
To get the ball rolling DT staff joined other teams from various businesses to take part in the Ashgate Hospice pub quiz night at Chesterfield FC’s Proact stadium where everyone raised hundreds of pounds. The paper also launched its own fundraising ale at the White Swan, Chesterfield, with Staveley-based brewery Raw.
DT editor James Mitchinson, who launched the Derbyshire Times Hospice Appeal last month, and reporter Jon Cooper have already begun training for the DT’s Ashgate Hospice sponsored cycle challenge in July with plans for a smaller additional route to encourage younger riders and families to saddle up.
James said: “We’re appealing for our readers to get on board with our £25,000 challenge by enjoying the Derbyshire Times ale and by setting their sights on taking part in the DT’s charity cycle ride in the summer.
“There will be other DT schemes and events to boost the coffers this year and if anyone out there wants to raise money with their own DT inspired event let us know and we will help publicise it.”
Details about entry for the DT and Polaris bike ride, which raised about £10,000 for the hospice last year, will be publicised later in the year.
In the meantime, readers are being urged to come up with their own fundraising ideas too and the more unusual the more coverage they will get in the paper with pictures and regular updates to help us beat our target and boost donations.
Anyone wishing to publicise events or make donations to Ashgate Hospice via the Derbyshire Times’ Hospice Appeal can call reporter Jon Cooper on (01246) 504524, email firstname.lastname@example.org or can write to the Derbyshire Times, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield S41 7XD.
Those interested in taking on any of the scheduled Ashgate Hospice organised fundraising events during 2013 can also make a note in their diaries from the charity’s list below.
Sunday 17th March, Woofs & Wellies, 9am, Ashgate Hospice
Mon 18th - Sun 24th March, Community Road Show, All Day, Vicar Lane, Chesterfield
Friday 22nd March, Celebration Lunch, 12pm - 3.30pm, Winding Wheel
Friday 19th April, Under the Hammer, On Line Auction and Fundraising Day, All Day, via Peak FM radio broadcasts
Saturday 11th May, Spring Fair & Rainbow Ribbons, 11am - 2pm, Ashgate Hospice
Sunday 19th May, Fancy Drag Race, 9.30am, Chesterfield Town Centre
Thursday 23rd May, Sports Evening with guest speakers Mark Crossley and John Styles, 7pm, Proact Football Stadium
Saturday 25th May, Caving - Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 9am - 2pm, Castleton, Derbyshire
Sunday 9th June, Abseiling from Millers Dale Viaduct, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Millers Dale, Peak District
Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd June, Midnight Walk, (Men and Ladies), Midnight Saturday, Cliffe Park Dronfield to Ashgate Hospice and back
Saturday 6th July, Summer Fair, 11am - 3pm, Ashgate Hospice
Wednesday 10th July, Golf Day, Tee off times available from 8.00am - 4.30pm, Chesterfield Golf Club
Saturday 13th July, Dronfield Party in the Park, 4pm onwards, Cliffe Park, Dronfield
Sunday 21st July, It’s a Knockout and fun dog show, 11am onwards, Holmebrook Valley Park
Sunday 28th July, Derbyshire Times 50 Mile Flagg Challenge, Shorter route TBC, All Day, Starts from Ashgate
Hospice around Peak District
Sunday 1st September, 5k Race & Fun Run, Morning event, Proact Football Stadium
Friday 6th September, Chatsworth Ball, Evening event, Carriage House Restaurant, Chatsworth
Friday 20th September, 10k twilight run and 4k family fun run, Evening event, In the grounds of Chatsworth
Friday 4th October, Ladies Lunch, guest speaker TBC, 12.00pm, Casa Hotel
Saturday 12th October, Celebration Service, TBC, Crooked Spire
Sunday 13th October, Sponsored Walk & Bike Ride, 9.30am, Carsington Water
October TBC, Spooktacular, All day event, Peak FM
Saturday 16th November, Christmas Market, 11am - 2pm, Ashgate Hospice
Sunday 15th December, Lights of Love Switch on, 6pm, Ashgate Hospice