A GROUP of intrepid fundraisers successfully hopped their way around Ashbourne in a three-legged pub crawl, raising more than £530 for a children’s charity on the way.
Claire Smith, an information manager at St Oswald's Hospital, came up with the innovative way to raise money for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) after her cousin's daughter was born with the condition.
The 29-year old persuaded her mother Georgina Robinson, husband Pat Smith, and friends Steph Watts, Paul Weston and Vicki Bailey to take up the challenge and together they managed to visit 12 pubs in town.
Claire said: "I've done things like sponsored walks before, so I wanted to do something a bit different and fun with my friends and family.
"At the start we were a little wobbly but we soon got into a rhythm and fortunately no-one fell over.”
The group, which has an age range of between 26 and 53 years, started their epic journey at the Compton Social Club and ended the night at the Swan pub in the market place.,
Claire said: “Everyone we met was so kind and generous, but a special thanks goes to The White Hart as the ladies’ generosity was overwhelming. Also a big thanks to Rolls Royce, Compton Social Club, the Bridge, George and Dragon, the Vaults and the Smith’s Tavern, and not forgetting Madge from Benny’s.
“It was a brilliant night and we are all delighted with the money raised.”
CDH affects around one in 2,500 births, and the first 24 hours of life for babies are crucial.
It is caused by the failure of the diaphragm to fuse properly during foetal development, which allows the abdominal organs to move up into the chest cavity.
Surgery is required soon after birth to repair the hole in the diaphragm, and if all goes well the baby will grow up to be a normal healthy adult, with no lasting problems.