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Over £26,500 raised for Ashgate Hospicecare at this year’s Open Air Cinema’s and Summer Fair

Ashgate Hospicecare is thrilled to announce that over £26,500 was raised over the weekend at Ashgate Hospicecare’s Open Air Cinema and Summer Fair events thanks to the generosity of the North Derbyshire people.

The Open Air Cinemas, which showed Bridget Jones’s Baby and The Greatest Showman, saw over a thousand supporters turn out over the weekend, rain and shine. The Summer Fair, which offered everything from handmade gifts made by Ashgate’s Day Hospice patients to go-karting and trampolining, also saw hundreds of families attend and raise vital funds for the Hospice.

Anna Drake, from Chesterfield in North Derbyshire, said: At the weekend at Ashgate Hospicecare’s Summer Fair, my little boy brought two strawberry rocks painted by someone who uses the Day Hospice facilities at the Hospice. Ashgate cared for my Gran before she passed last year. It’s a home from home and a place where people have the dignity they deserve. The staff work tremendously hard and nothing is too much trouble for both the patient and their family. We will always support Ashgate Hospicecare as a family as my Gran did for most of her life, never knowing she would need their help and support in her last few months.”

Laura Winson, from Chesterfield in North Derbyshire, said: “What a great night at Ashgate Hospicecare’s Open Air Cinema. Popcorn, fizz and Bridget with good friends, all whilst raising money for the Hospice!”

Local businesses all rallied together to make all the weekend’s events run so smoothly and ensure that every penny raised from the fundraising can go directly to patient care. A huge thank you to the University of Derby for being the main sponsors of the Open Air Cinemas, Barclays UK, Andrews Of Tideswell for providing the park and ride service, DXC and Brookfield Community School, G. W. Price Ltd, Total Hire and Sales and M-VIS.

Jack Wood, Events Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “A huge thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for coming along to both our Open Air Cinemas and our Summer Fair this weekend!”

You all turned up undefeated by the rain and helped us celebrate 30 years of caring for our community! Events like these help us to support our patients and their families in North Derbyshire when they need it most.”

There are lots of photos from the weekends events on the Hospice’s Facebook page. You can see them at

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