Big hearted card players

NRHNBE111130b2, Ripley whist drive events raise money for the breast screening unit at Derby royal hospital. Jenny Fearnley
NRHNBE111130b2, Ripley whist drive events raise money for the breast screening unit at Derby royal hospital. Jenny Fearnley

The owner of a Ripley lingerie shop raised £1,400 for the breast screening unit at Derby Royal Hospital with a series of whist drives.

Jenny Fearnley, the owner of Jenny’s Lingerie in Church Street, staged the card games at her home to raise money for charity over the past year. Since she started in 2004 she has raised £10,500 for the cause.

She said: “With me having the lingerie shop I have had a lot of people who have come in with breast problems. Some years ago my sister-in-law got breast cancer and quite a lot of my friends too. I don’t think we should have to donate money for hospitals - but obviously the money isn’t available.”

Jenny gets people to pay £1.50 to take part in the monthly events, which sees whist tables spread throughout the house and around 30 players turning up for each session. She also stages a raffle to boost funds and sells donated books at her lingerie shop, which she has run for 23 years. The money will go towards the scanning equipment used in the breast testing unit at the Derby hospital. A cheque was presented by Jenny to Marlene Gale, clinical educator from the unit.