Pub regulars raise nearly £2k for John

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A landlady and her customers have raised nearly £2,000 after a weekend tribute to a friend and mentor who lost his battle with cancer.

The Windmill Inn, on Park Road, Heage, hosted the two-day event to raise money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

Lorraine Froggatt, 37, lost her friend John Redfern, 70, to oesophageal cancer last year.

She said: “We wanted to raise money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre as it was a cause very close to John’s heart.”

The weekend kicked off on Saturday, September 27, with 18 regulars and community members setting off from the pub at 8.30am and cycling 100 miles to the holiday centre in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

The mother-of-two said: “John was a pillar of the community and we know he would have loved it.”

On bidding farewell to the cyclists, 50 balloons were released.

A car boot, a bouncy castle and live music continued throughout the day.

The fun day on Sunday, September 28, included a darts and dominos competitions, a raffle and an auction with over 50 prizes donated from local companies.

Lorraine said she was overwhelmed by the donations, with funds currently at £1,694 and still rising.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone that made the weekend possible with all their hard work and enthusiasm. I would also like to thank all the companies that donated the fantastic prizes, your generosity was amazing.

“Finally, I would like to congratulate the cyclists that made it safe and well to Skegness.”