The Belper Games 2017: Get ready for the Games

The Belper Games is set to return this weekend, with the annual It’s A Knockout-style competition, music and more.

The fundraising event, returning for a sixth year, will take place between 14 and 16 July 2017 at Belper Rugby Club. Local bands The James Warner Prophecies, Itty Bitty CommitteeJuneau, Sunflower Thieves, and The Mocking Jays will be joined by Britpop favourites Chris Helme (The Seahorses) and Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) for solo sets on Sunday.

The weekend kicks off with showings of family films The Jungle Book and The Goonies on Friday evening and a record 32 teams are set to take part in the It’s A Knockout competition during Saturday. Sunday sees the return of the Belper Music Festival with live performances throughout the day.

Founded in 2012 The Belper Games was set up to raise money for Penny Wheeler for medication not available on the NHS, and now continues in her memory.

Penny was diagnosed in 2007 with Systemic Scleroderma and Pulmonary Fibrosis and the complicated illnesses had rendered her almost housebound. Penny’s Fund was set up in 2010 to buy vital equipment and then to fund a place on a trial for new medication for Scleroderma patients. Unfortunately Penny’s health worsened and she passed away in December 2012. Described as a survivor, a fighter and an inspiration the Games are now held in her memory.

The event, co-run by Kerry and Jim Bull, also raises awareness and funds for Fredireichs Ataxia, a progressive and incurable disease which Kerry was diagnosed with as a teenager.

Money raised through The Belper Games is now split between three charities – The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust, Ataxia UK and The Scleroderma Society.

Tickets will be available on the gate all three days and cost of £5 for adults, £4 for seniors (age 65 and over), £2.50 for children (aged six to 13), while children under five are free. More information about getting to the event and times are available on the Facebook event page.

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