Join the DT’s bid to support Ashgate Hospice

NDET 14-12-12 MC 10'Derbyshire Times Ale launch with Raw Brewery and Ashgate Hospice. Julia Rodgerson, David Hemstock, Emily Evans, James Mitchinson and Phil Bramley,
NDET 14-12-12 MC 10'Derbyshire Times Ale launch with Raw Brewery and Ashgate Hospice. Julia Rodgerson, David Hemstock, Emily Evans, James Mitchinson and Phil Bramley,

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 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