The Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s youngest patients will benefit from the fundraising exploits of the Chesterfield Scarsdale Inner Wheel.

They spent the year raising money at the Ashover Car Rally, fashion shows and producing their own clothed version of the infamous ‘Calendar Girls’ calendar to present the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity with more than £3,000.

Lynda Wallace is the President of the Chesterfield Scarsdale Inner Wheel, she said: “We choose a different charity every year and then spend the year raising money for that cause. We have all had our own experiences at the hospital and have very personal reasons for choosing to donate specifically to Nightingale Ward, which is the paediatric unit, and the Neonatal Unit.

“There are 40 of us at the Inner Wheel and we all contributed to stalls, a ‘ladies who lunch’ day at Chesterfield Golf Club and a number of other events. We have a great time raising the money and are delighted to be able to present this cheque to the hospital where we know it will be put to good use.”

The money will be split with £2,000 going to the Neonatal Unit who care for premature or very unwell new born babies. The remaining £1,139 will go to Nightingale Ward where youngsters ranging from babies to 17 years old are treated as inpatients and outpatients.

Tracy Barker is the Senior Matron for Hospital Based Children’s Services, she said: “This is an incredibly generous and thoughtful donation and we would like to thank all of the ladies of the Chesterfield Scarsdale Inner Wheel for their efforts throughout the year and for choosing us as the focus of their fundraising year.

“On Nightingale ward, one of the things we want to do is improve the corridor leading up to the ward. It’s a bit stark at the moment so we want to make it more welcoming, less clinical and more in keeping with the environment we’ve created on the ward for our younger patients who are perhaps a little apprehensive and anxious about coming in.

“We’re also in the process of renovating and redecorating our Neonatal Unit parents’ room to allow for better and more comfortable facilities where parents can stay close to their baby. Our staff facilities are also in need of improvement with additions such as a water fountain being considered which will help our care team and visitors.”

Tracy is pictured above (far left) alongside, from left to right, Chesterfield Scarsdale Inner Wheel President Lynda Wallace, their Treasurer June Oldham and Play Specialist Team Leader Jenny Reaney.