THERE seems to be no end to Ilkestonians’ generosity as more fundraising plans have come to the Advertiser’s attention this week.
A pair of employees at Ilkeston’s Manor Pharmacy will be getting on their running shoes for the Robin Hood Marathon next month to raise money for charities close to their hearts.
IT manager Julie Wright is running the 13-mile race around Nottingham on September 11 in memory of her close friends Isabel and Rick’s five-day-old baby Imogen Shouler, who died in May from Patau’s Syndrome, a type of chromosomal abnormality which causes severe physical and mental disabilities.
She has so far raised £1,637 for SOFTuk, the charity which supports babies and their families affected by the condition.
A massive £1,000 of that was donated by Ilkeston-based telecoms firm 21C, after they read about little Imogen’s fight on Julie’s online fundraising page.
Julie, 47, explained: “I was only expecting them to give a fiver, but they said it was such an incredible story that they had to give a big donation. So a massive heartfelt thanks to them.
“People have been so kind. We know it’s hard at the minute but everybody knows somebody in their life who has been affected by children with illnesses so please give us that bump we need to inspire us on our run.”
Colleague Claire Rollinson, 32, has lost a huge five stone gearing up for the run and is raising money for Derby Royal Hospital’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.
To add to the pair’s donations visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JulieWright and www.justgiving.com/Claire-Rollinson.
n The Pedal Pushers from Awsworth, made up of two pairs of fathers and sons, completed their epic bike ride to Skegness this weekend.
Roger and Kevin Plackett and Gerald and Aden Carden set off from the Placketts’ home in The Glebe at 3.45am on Saturday – reaching their seaside destination, 94 miles away, just under ten hours later.
The foursome is now hoping to collect at least £1,000 for Cancer Research.
Dad Roger, 43, said: “It went brilliantly – no problems and no punctures.”
He said he is thinking about a new challenge – a ride from London to Paris in aid of Help for Heroes.
Kevin, 22, said: “I have grandparents that have suffered from cancer and won the battle but without the help of Cancer Research we feel this wouldn’t have been possible.
“Now it’s our turn to give something back to Cancer Research for the amazing work which they are doing everyday.”
To add to the Pedal Pushers’ donations go to www.justgiving.com/kevin-plackett.
n Another Ilkeston father and son team is raising funds by driving from Nottingham to Italy in car purchased for just £50 to raise funds for autism charity NORSACA.
Richard and Greg Stanley will be joining good friend Derek Howarth from Hucknall on the five-day drive starting on September 15.
Derek’s son Dan attends the charity’s Sutherland House School in Nottingham for children with autism.
Richard, 57, of Heanor Road, said: “We’ve wanted to do something for Derek for a long time so it’s a good chance for us to give something back. It’s going to be a once in a lifetime trip.”
The team is hoping to raise £2,000 and their car, a Vauxhall Vectra, has been painted to look as if it were the Sheriff of Nottingham’s car.
To sponsor the team visit their blog at www.nottm-italy.blogspot.com.