Chesapeake raises cash for city charity

Kristin Clark, general manager of Derby charity Umbrella, receives a cheque for £120 from Chesapeake Road Runners member Will Whittell

Chesapeake Road Runners club has raised £120 for a local children’s charity after its members swapped cards for quids in the run up to Christmas.

Members of the club collected the money after they agreed to donate cash to a good cause instead of exchanging Christmas cards between one another last month.

The move was the idea of running club member Lynn Windmill, who suggested that the winner of the club’s annual “Runner’s Runner” award, which was handed out at the beginning of December, should choose the charity.

The award is voted for by the runners themselves and, following a ballot held at Chesapeake’s clubhouse in Chaddesden Park, the trophy went to club member Will Whittell.

A dad of two from Chaddesden, Will decided that the money should go to Umbrella, which supports the families of children and young people with special needs from across Derby and the wider county.

He said: “All of the hard work that Umbrella do makes a huge difference to the lives of the children and the family they work with, so I decided that they deserved the money.

“I was really proud and surprised to win the award and I’m happy that it’s given our club an opportunity to do something so worthwhile.”