Couple going the extra mile to say thanks

Brian Banton and Lesley Grozier, from Chesterfield, who are  taking part in a month of fundraising activities
Brian Banton and Lesley Grozier, from Chesterfield, who are taking part in a month of fundraising activities
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A NORTH Derbyshire couple are getting in gear for a month of fundraising and charity events.

Lesley Grozier and partner Brian Banton, who work for Stagecoach in Chesterfield, will be raising cash for Chesterfield Hospital’s Cavendish Ward and Breast Cancer Care throughout April.

Lesley, aged 50, who has worked for the bus firm for 34 years and was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2012, has organised a charity auction and her partner is planning to take part in the London Marathon.

Brian, 55, a Stagecoach driving instructor, will be donning pink tights and a tutu for the race on Sunday, April 21, in a bid to raise cash.

Lesley, an administration clerk, said: “We thought it would be a great idea to raise money for the Cavendish Ward, where I’ve been receiving care and will soon be undergoing another operation.

“Brian is in training for the London Marathon, and I am organising various activities, beginning with an event on Saturday, April 13, with raffles, an auction and more.

“We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs including gym membership for two, football tickets, a meal voucher, free travel for a month with Stagecoach, a massage package and much more.”

Paul Lynch, managing director at Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “It’s fantastic Lesley and Brian are going the extra mile to raise much needed funds for a great charity.”

The auction is at Clowne Community Centre. Tickets cost £7 and can be bought from Lesley on 01246 207103.