A GROUP of intrepid fundraisers are embarking on a three-legged pub crawl around Ashbourne in aid of a children's charity.
Claire Smith, an information manager at St Oswald's Hospital, came up with an innovative way to raise money for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) UK, after her cousin's daughter was born with the condition.
The 29-year old persuaded her mother Georgina Robinson and friends Pat Smith, Jim Simkin, Vicki Bailey and Billy Janes to take up the challenge and together they hope to raise more than £250 for the charity.
The three-legged group plans to visit 12 town centre pubs on Saturday, July 26 – and their rules state that they must remain joined at all times.
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.
"We thought about walks and runs, but we have done that before.
"Someone suggested bungee jumping, but that would be too complicated to organise – so this seemed the perfect plan."
The group, which has an age range of between 26 and 53 years, will start at the Compton Social Club at 6pm and they are hoping to end the night at the Swan pub in the market place.
Claire said: "We're having some T-shirts, balloons and posters printed from the charity and the council have given the OK for us to have collection buckets too.
Claire said: "There are 13 places that we have identified where we can go and have an alcoholic drink and get a staff member's signature so we have proof we have been there."
Members of the public can get involved by joining the group, sponsoring or donating online and putting money into their collection buckets on the night.
Claire said "We're hoping that people will follow us round as we go.
"If they want to buy a drink that would be lovely – but we would much rather they dropped the money into the buckets instead."
She said that the group had not had time to practice three-legged walking, and would be attempting it for the first time on the night.
Claire said: "I'm sure once we get into the flow, we'll be fine.
"We do have a set plan but it may not go that way.
"One thing is for sure though, we will definitely be getting taxis home!"
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.
Anyone wanting to donate or sponsor the group can do so by visiting www.mycharitypage.com/ClaireSmith85