Hospital bed, lots of strength and big hearts bring in cash for Chesterfield cancer centre

Ashley Tipper, kneeling front left, with his supporters who all took part in a bed push from Dronfield Woodhouse to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in aid of the new cancer centre. Pictures by Anne Shelley.
Ashley Tipper, kneeling front left, with his supporters who all took part in a bed push from Dronfield Woodhouse to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in aid of the new cancer centre. Pictures by Anne Shelley.

An epic charity challenge has raised much-needed cash for the up-and-coming Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre.

Big-hearted Ashley Tipper and an army of generous friends pushed a hospital bed 12 miles from the Jolly Farmer pub in Dronfield Woodhouse to Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Ashley is whisked off from the starting point, the Jolly Farmer pub in Dronfield Woodhouse.

Ashley is whisked off from the starting point, the Jolly Farmer pub in Dronfield Woodhouse.

So far they have raised more than £7,350 for the £8.9million centre which is set to open this autumn and promises to bring vital cancer treatment, care and support together in one state-of-the-art facility for thousands of patients.

The fundraiser took place this month on the anniversary of when Jolly Farmer landlord Ashley 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: “The day was amazing.

Lots of fun was had on the day.

Lots of fun was had on the day.

“As a team we have made a huge difference and helped to make sure nobody has to face cancer alone.”

He also thanked members of the public and businesses for their ‘overwhelming’ support.

Speaking of his grandmother, Ashley said: “My world was ripped apart when I lost her.

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

The Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre is due to open in the autumn.

The Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre is due to open in the autumn.

“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.”

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 residents suffering from the illness.