THE owner of a popular estate village and a mother of two have won the chance to help a new Ashbourne store celebrate its first day of trading by taking part in a trolley dash.
Sir Richard FitzHerbert, from Tissington, and Ruth Mallard, an operations manager, will both be aiming to out-wit each other during Wednesday’s dash around the new 99p Store in Waterside Park and the winner’s haul of items will be passed on to their chosen charity.
Sir Richard, who is also a district councillor, will perform the dash to raise funds for Tissington’s church while Mrs Mallard wants to pass on the items to Operation Christmas Child, which sends shoeboxes of items to under-privileged children.
The pair answered an appeal in the News Telegraph for applicants to come forward that would not only perform a trolley dash, but also cut the ribbon at the store, which begins trading from today following a £250,000 fit-out of the last remaining unit in the Clifton Road retail park.
Sir Richard said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to perform the dash to raise funds for St Mary’s Church in Tissington.
“We need funds to repair our organ which is ‘groaning’ and needs to be upgraded and serviced in January.
“The dash – literally – would afford us one final push to obtain the funds and if I were to win then we’d auction off the contents of the trolley.”
Mrs Mallard, who is an avid supporter of Operation Christmas Child, said: “I am very pleased to have won. I cherish ‘value’ and my parents and daughter especially will be really pleased because they are customers at 99p stores in the Birmingham area.
The dashes are due to take place at 9.15am.