Rio fund drive for Phil is at full speed

A fundraising effort to help a Heanor paratriathlete in his dream to compete in the Rio 2016 Games is in full swing - with two open-to-all events set to top the kitty this weekend.

On Friday, August 9, Heanor Miners Welfare is to host an evening of entertainment and live music in aid of Marlpool man Phil Hogg - who needs the funds to pay for specialist equipment needed to compete in the sport, such as an £8,000 new hand-bike and wet-suits.

The event, which is to run from 7.30pm until late at the Ilkeston Road venue is £5 and is to feature a raffle with 25 top prizes including an overnight stay at the Morley Hayes hotel.

Then on Saturday young people from Langley Mill and Heanor, aged between 15 and 21, are set to challenge officers from the Langley Mill and Heanor Safer Neighbourhood policing teams to a match at the Charles Hill Sport Complex, on Flamstead Avenue, Loscoe. The game kicks off at 2pm and there will be a raffle and an auction for a signed Chelsea shirt. All proceeds will go towards Phil’s cause.

His wife Sarah said the Hogg family have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support so far for British and European paratriathlon champion Phil – who is sure to be a medal contender if he can make it to Rio.