Rotarians step up to help

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Good causes have benefited by hundreds of pounds after a town’s Rotarians organised an annual walk.

Parkinsons Support Group Ripley, Parkinsons UK and the Rainbows Hospice for children and young people received a share of £1,800 raised through last year’s walk, which was arranged by Ripley Rotary Club.

Sheila North, representing Parkinsons UK, accepted a cheque for £400 from club president Owen Briggs. A sufferer of the disease, Sheila told members about how she copes with the effects of Parkinsons.

The Walk the Walk fundraiser was inspired by a suggestion from Mick Mills, who has Parkinsons Disease. Participants follow a 12-mile course from Ripley to the old Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in Derby.