Gary Cahill was busy playing for England - but the show went on back in Dronfield

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Not surprisingly, Dronfield's favourite son couldn't be there.

Gary Cahill was busy playing for England in their opening Euro 2016 game against Russia, in France.

Vanessa

Vanessa

But the Chelsea star was there in spirit, at the Miners Arms.

He'd donated an England shirt to a special afternoon fund raising effort to help local woman Vanessa Boyd, the 28 year old who is suffering from late stage Lyme disease, a highly-debilitating tick-borne illness.

Just over £3,000 was raised.

Money is urgently needed to fund Vanessa's on-going treatment in America, as the family cannot secure the same level of treatment in the UK.

While Cahill was the biggest name associated with the event, the star was Maria, Vanessa's sister, who sung a collection of numbers for locals in the pub garden.

Supporters posted on Facebook: "A great day was had by all yesterday afternoon at the Euro Fundraising afternoon! Thank you to all of you who came along to show your support!
The weather was kind to us up until 6pm so better than expected.
A BIG THANK YOU to Ruane Transport for the loan of their trailer, to Grimshaw Audio for providing the sound equipment & to Style Bouncy Castles! To Canyon, Dave Perkins & Oliver for providing us with some amazing entertainment. To The Miners Mark and Lisa for the lovely food & drink and to Kevin Gage for compering the auction.
"Because of all of you we managed to raise an impressive £3,030.00 which will go to the lymelight4vanessa fund! Thank you all of you! "

If you can help Vanessa, go to: https://gogetfunding.com/support-vanessas-fight-against-lyme-disease/

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