COLUMN: Host an event to help boost appeal funds

The big push starts here '“ we've now reached £1.9 million raised toward the cost of building the NGS Macmillan Unit at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital.'¨The response from the local community has been truly amazing, and we are into the final big push. But we still need your help now.'¨So with the sunshine on our backs and a Bank Holiday on the way, I wanted to ask whether anyone reading this would consider putting on an event over the summer for the appeal. '¨The best ideas for events will always come from you, but for those of you in need of inspiration here are some ideas. '¨Set up a sports tournament '“ football, cricket, netball, darts, rounders '“ choose a sport '“ charge people to enter and the more teams who play, the more you raise.'¨You could also host a quiz night. Why not do a special night based on a well-known TV quiz or hold a traditional quiz '“ you can do this in lunchtime or make an evening of it. '¨Afternoon tea is also an option, with everyone's favourite baking show back on our screens soon, why not put together a local Great British Bake off? August is a great time to host a lovely afternoon tea. '¨Alternatively, you could host a music night. Organise some live entertainment, a barbecue and then sell tickets and do some funraising on the night. And of course to sign up and get a free Macmillan fundraising pack do this online at or call 0300 1000200. '¨On another note, Queen's Park Sports Centre, Staveley Healthy Living Centre and Simply Gym on Sheffield Road are running a fitness challenge this month called Ride to Rio, in aid of the Mayor's Appeal. Accessible Derbyshire are the other good cause.

Sunday, 14th August 2016, 11:00 am