Several Chesterfield bars and clubs back Yvonne Henchliffe's campaign

Yvonne and Chris.
Yvonne and Chris.

A number of bars and clubs in Chesterfield have so far pledged to support a campaign launched by the mother of Chris Henchliffe.

As reported over the weekend, Yvonne Henchliffe is urging bars and clubs in the town to offer free or cut-price soft drinks between the hours of 2am and 6am in a bid to cut alcohol-fuelled violence in Chesterfield over the festive period.

Yvonne said: "We've had an amazing response.

"So far supporting our campaign we have Aruba, Moo Bar, So Bar, Havana Whites, the Apartment and the Burlington.

"It's great to see such a positive attitude from bars and clubs.

"I think we are doing very well so far."

Yvonne added that staff from Central Cars on Corporation Street have been in touch with her to say her campaign is a 'great idea'.

"Obviously they can't offer drinks but they've said if anyone feels threatened or frightened they are welcome to come into their waiting room where their staff will do their best to assist or get the relevant help needed," she added.

Former soldier and father Mr Henchliffe, 26, of Maynard Road, Chesterfield, died in hospital in July after an incident in the town centre during the early hours of the morning.

After Mr Henchliffe died, Yvonne described him as a 'wonderful son' who was a 'marvellous daddy' to his five-year-old boy.

She added: "He always kept any atmosphere alive with his cheeky grin and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes."

She said she felt 'unbelievable pain' since losing her son and 'doesn’t want Chris’s death to be a waste'.

• Benjamin Edwards, 21, of Fieldview Place, Chesterfield, has been charged with the manslaughter of Mr Henchliffe. Mr Edwards denies the charge and is due to stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court next May. Two other 24-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and later released on police bail pending further enquiries.