Fluffy ducks help Cromford effort


An historic site could be brought back to its former glory with the help of some fluffy ducks.

The Arkwright Society is selling the toy ducks in its shops and restaurants a bid to raise the cash needed to restore Cromford Mill and transform it into a top–notch international tourist destination.

Former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom launched the campaign last year to raise £250,000 to pay for the project.

Sarah McLeod, chief executive of the Arkwright Society, said: “We’re working really hard to transform the Cromford Mill site, and the on-going fundraising programme is certainly helping, with over £70,000 raised so far. One of the greatest ways of supporting us is to buy one of our adorable ducks – they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Easter – and the money raised helps towards our fund-raising target.”

Another success for the site has been a prize draw, which will be drawn on Saturday, March 30, during a Georgian Day at the mill as part of their Easter celebrations. “

We had some really fabulous prizes donated by businesses across the county, and ticket sales have gone very well – but there are still tickets left, so do please come down to the mill and take part if you can,” added Sarah.