Penny’s planned a year of fund-raising

Penny and Nick Wheeler
Penny and Nick Wheeler
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A TERMINALLY-ill Belper woman is looking forward to a busy year of fund-raising to pay for life prolonging treatment.

Penny Wheeler, 52, who has scleroderma and pulmonary fibrosis, which affects her lungs, and her team of supporters have a programme of entertainment planned for 2012.

First on the agenda will be a day of live music at Hacketts Bar, in King Street, Belper. The event, called SoundHub Live, will showcase some of the best local bands, including Ejectorseat and Cheap Jazz, and will take place on Sunday, April 8, between 1pm and midnight, with anyone under 18 being permitted entry up until 7pm.

Entry will cost £2 for adults or £1 for under 18s.

The bar will then host a Las Vegas-themed night on May 5 between 7pm and 2am.

Those who attend will be able to choose from different games on the night, including blackjack, poker and craps. There will also be a live DJ and performances from Vanessa Millar’s Dance School.

Penny, of Beaurepaire Crescent, said: “The events that we put on are held to raise funds for my treatments, but they’re also to bring people together and give them some really good entertainment and enjoyment.

“Early last year I applied to the Derbyshire PCT to fund a drug called Ritiximab, which was recommended to me by specialists and is free to other sufferers of the same conditions in different areas in the UK.

“In June, 2011, I received the news that local PCT had refused my application, leaving me with no option but to fund the treatment which comes at a cost of £13,000 each time and I need two courses per year.”

Penny has received her second treatment of Rituximab and her condition was already showing some small signs of stabilising.

“I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity of everyone who has attended our past fundraisers,” Penny continued.

“Any money raised during these events goes towards covering any costs involved in the hiring of venues and equipment and additional cash raised goes into the fund.”

Belper Rugby Club will host the Belper Games 2012 on July 21, featuring an ‘It’s a Knockout’-style tournament as well as a craft fair with various retailers, face painters and children’s activities available to all on the day.