Orienteers raise £135

Derwent Valley Orienteers make their cheque presentation to represents of Helimed in Belper.

Derwent Valley Orienteers make their cheque presentation to represents of Helimed in Belper.

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Derwent Valley Orienteers have presented a cheque for £135 to Helimed, the air ambulance charity.

The money was raised from a car park charge made at the recent orienteering event at Crich Chase when over 250 competitors participated.

The club is indebted to William Bailey Ltd, DT Engineering, Ambergate Country Furniture, National Grid and the Lockwoods Group for allowing the club to use their forecourts.

Meanwhile, the first of a series of a club nights organised by Derwent Valley Orienteers has taken place in Matlock.

The aim is to sustain a new orienteering club in the town and the sessions take place on a weekly basis at Matlock Town FC’s new clubhouse, from 6.30pm-8pm on Wednesdays.

The sessions are suitable for all levels of fitness, age and ability and activities include indoor and outdoor orienteering exercises, fitness training and learning orienteering skills and techniques.

Viv McDonald from Derwent Valley Orienteers explained: “The first session was a good start for the club as we had 15 people there, with varying degrees of orienteering experience. One family had their first go at orienteering at our Hall Leys Park taster session last month while others were quite experienced so we set up two different exercises and it seemed to go well.

“We were pleased with the turnout for the first session and hope now that we can sustain it over the summer.”

The cost per session is £2 for adults and 50p for children. For further information, call Viv McDonald on 01629 734307.