Locals pull together to raise £7,000 for Ilkeston Hospital

Breast Care Unit, Ilkeston Hospital.'12th November 2014''Radiographer nurses Rachel Riley (Left) and Jean Bonsall (Right) receive a cheque from Alan King (middle back)Clive Smedley (3rd right) and Dave Hoyles (2nd right) who pulled a steam engine owned by Susan Cope (3rd left) from Heanor to Ilkeston for the breast screening unit at Ilkeston Hospital. Also pictured are Alan's grand-daughters Maisy Clarke (2nd left aged 15) and Hollie Shelton (middle front aged 15).''Picture by Dan Westwell
Breast Care Unit, Ilkeston Hospital.'12th November 2014''Radiographer nurses Rachel Riley (Left) and Jean Bonsall (Right) receive a cheque from Alan King (middle back)Clive Smedley (3rd right) and Dave Hoyles (2nd right) who pulled a steam engine owned by Susan Cope (3rd left) from Heanor to Ilkeston for the breast screening unit at Ilkeston Hospital. Also pictured are Alan's grand-daughters Maisy Clarke (2nd left aged 15) and Hollie Shelton (middle front aged 15).''Picture by Dan Westwell

An impressive show of strength by a group of 50 men and women has raised £7,500 for the Breast Care Unit at Ilkeston Hospital.

The group, comprising of people from Ilkeston and West Hallam, got together at the start of the year to pull a seven-and-a-half tonne steam engine from Heanor to Ilkeston.

This marks the fourth time Alan King, 69, and co-organiser Clive Smedley, 52 have got a group together to pull a steam engine through various towns in the East Midlands in an attempt to raise money for charity.

Alan told the Advertiser: “We all really enjoy doing these steam engine pulls for 
charity. Every year we’ve done it for someone different and we always manage to raise a phenomenal amount of 
money.

“All in all I think we’ve managed to raise over £40,000 overall, which we’re incredibly proud of.

“This year as we all pulled the steam engine from Heanor to Ilkeston so many local people took part and those who weren’t pulling walked alongside. It was a brilliant occasion and always is.

“From bucket collections alone we raised £2,000, which was absolutely marvellous.

“Everybody has done their bit in assuring that everything went to plan. Erewash Borough Council have been fantastic and local businesses have been so good to us.”