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Three friends from Chesterfield are pulling on their walking boots for a 100-mile trek to help disabled children in Derbyshire.

Neil Holmes, manager of the Littlemoor Co-operative store in Chesterfield, and pals Nicholas Moran and Derek Brough are tackling the route from Skegness to Chesterfield Spire in a bid to raise £500, to be divided between Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children and Vasculitis UK.

Newlife – the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness – is also Central England Co-operative’s staff-elected charity.

Neil said: “Fundraising was something we were talking about socially and we thought this would be a little bit different. We are setting off from Skegness on Monday 15 August and – camping along the way – we expect to arrive back in Chesterfield on the following Saturday.

“We are looking forward to the week, which will be a bit of a challenge but we think it is achievable. If anyone would like to support us, they can go to to support Newlife or for Vasculitis UK.”

To find out how Newlife supports disabled children and their families in Derbyshire, go to: Newlife has provided £285,420 of vital equipment for 342 children in the county and is currently working with a further 22 families in Derbyshire with equipment needs totalling £29,781.

Pictured (L to R): Nick Moran, Neil Holmes and Derek Brough