Charities benefit from fund-raising year

Four charities have benefited to the tune of £7,226 thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Carol Walker in her year as civic chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council.

2.	Carol Walker with Glenda Griffiths and Sid Harbey of Mid-Derbyshire Riding for the DisabledMrs Walker, who stood down as a Bakewell councillor at the recent local council elections, served as Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales 2014/15.

Good health and promoting the outstanding beauty of the Derbyshire Dales were the themes adopted by Mrs Walker as she represented the District Council at scores of functions and set about hitting her fund raising target.

Carol Walker with Gavin Cantrill of the First RespondersAnd this week she returned to Matlock Town Hall to present three £2,000 cheques to the Tansley-based Mid Derbyshire Riding for the Disabled, the local Air Ambulance and British Red Cross Ambulance Crew First Responders. A defibrillator project at Stanton in Peak also received a cheque for £1,226.

Carol Walker with Collette Richardson from the Air AmbulanceOne of the founders of the Dales' hugely successful Walking for Health scheme 11 years ago, Mrs Walker, who also twice served as Mayor of Bakewell, thanked councillors, officers, family and friends for helping her raise the charity cash through a number of fund-raising events.

Carol Walker with Charlie Watson of the Stanton defibrillator projectShe said:

"Health and beauty in our communities was the theme of my civic year and I wanted to build on the Derbyshire Dales' official status as one of the healthiest places to live in the whole of England.

"It gave me enormous pleasure to present cheques to four charities that do so much to maintain and enhance that status, saving lives and, in the case of the Riding for the Disabled, providing amazing support for all age groups and a broad range of disabilities."

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