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Blooming great effort for charity!

A fund-raising market stall idea that originated from his year as civic chairman of the Derbyshire Dales has seen local councillor Peter Slack receive a community award after raising more than £14,000 for charity.

Councillor Slack, a former Chairman of Middleton by Wirksworth Parish Council, has been a member of the District Council for the past 14 years, and served as Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales in 2013/14.

As part of his charity fund-raising efforts that year he started selling plants at Wirksworth's weekly stall market - and after relinquishing his chain of office decided to keep going, standing at the town's Tuesday market and on Saturdays at the local Wellspring Church.

Now Councillor Slack's efforts have been recognised by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, which has presented him with its 2017 Community Award.

His work over the past four years has resulted in donations of more than £3,000 to Wellspring's community centre project, £750 to the Wirksworth Swimming Pool Trust and £750 for plants on Middleton village green, Middleton's Christmas lights and improvements to a bus shelter and information point. Other causes to benefit have included Wirksworth Carnival Committee and Bonsall Village Community Church.

Councillor Slack has a life-long love of gardening and for many years supplied plants to the Middleton Millennium Garden, a project of which he was a founder member and one of the volunteers who helped build the local landmark. He was also Chairman and one of the founders of Middleton in Bloom.

He said:

"This has been a labour of love for me and I'm delighted to have hit on a fund-raising idea that keeps helping local causes. It's an absolute honour to be recognised by the Rotary Club in this way."

A fund-raising market stall idea that originated from his year as civic chairman of the Derbyshire Dales has seen local councillor Peter Slack receive a community award after raising more than £14,000 for charity.

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