GUEST COLUMN: Macmillan fundraiser praises support from Derbyshire folk

Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Chesterfield Royal Hospital

From a team of jolly bed pushers in Dronfield to finding people to run up the steepest of Hills in Bolsover – never let it be said that people in North Derbyshire haven’t got their creative caps on to raise money to support the Chesterfield Macmillan Appeal, says fundraising manager Rob Turner.

Ashley Tipper, from the Jolly Farmer Pub in Dronfield has persuaded 18 friends to join him on a sponsored Hospital bed push on Saturday, April 9. This will see them walk 12 miles from the pub in Dronfield via Chesterfield town centre, finishing at the site of the new cancer unit.

Ashley lost his grandmother to cancer last year, and has been a long term supporter of Macmillan.

His grandmother was immensely proud of him for all the fundraising he did for Macmillan, and the idea was something they spoke about, so when she passed away it became a challenge to see if could make this happen.

After a great deal of planning and support from the local police, council and a traffic management company, it will be happening. For more visit

Most of us know the steep hills in Bolsover but last year following the launch of our appeal, a group of local people got in touch with the idea or organising a one-mile race up that hill. Organising events takes a lot of planning, so it’s always incredible that people can still find time to come together to make something like this happen. After plenty of route planning, the event is now open for registrations and takes place on Sunday, May 22 – register at Both events are supporting the appeal to raise £2.5 million for the cancer centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.