More than £3,000 raised for youth services by DOTHS

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Wed 18th October 2023

A music band which hails from Alfreton has raised more than £3,000 for the Derbyshire town’s youth services.

For 24 hours starting at 6pm on Friday, October 6, at least one member of the four-piece Death Of The High Street (DOTHS) band walked the one-mile loop of Alfreton Park – a challenge they first completed in October 2020.

The band, which is made up of Ash Simpson, Joe Hodges, Scott Baxter and Andy Purve, took on the energetic challenge in support of Alfreton Youngsters Umbrella Provision (AYUP).

AYUP launched in July and offers free workshops, delivered by Old Farm Bus, for 11 to 17 year olds.

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Band member Ash told the Spirit of Alfreton: “A big thank you from DOTHS.
“We just wanted to share an update after our Walk ‘Ofton event and thank everyone who helped make it a massive success. We did it!

We walked the Alfreton Park bridle track for 24 hours and covered a total of 70 miles. It hurt, it was tiring but it was amazing.”

The fundraising walk was supported by a Charity Fun Day at Alfreton Cricket Club from 12pm on Saturday, October 7.

The fun day featured a number of live performances from local artists, including Richard Hunter and Greazly Street, and DOTHS also performed a set after completing their walk.

The family event also included a fundraising raffle featuring prizes donated by local businesses, including Alter Ego Brewing Co, Dan PT and Genesis Bowling.

Ash said: “During Saturday’s fun day we had some brilliant local bands and acoustic artists playing in the cricket club, loads of games and the raffle filled with prizes donated by amazing businesses.

We are so grateful to the local community for turning up, buying raffle tickets and supporting the event and the charity.
“We’re still counting up all the money donated by our amazing community but it’s looking like we’ve raised over £3,000 to help AYUP keep providing exciting and engaging activities for Alfreton’s youngsters.”

Ash added: “Although our feet are still sore, we’re already planning next years Walk ‘Ofton event. It’s gonna be a big one.”

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