Eighteen groups and charities benefit from closure of Peak Dale Motorcycle Club

Eighteen local charities and clubs have received donations thanks to the sale of assets from a much-loved motorcycle club which closed down in 2013.
Eighteen local charities and clubs have received donations thanks to the sale of assets from a much-loved motorcycle club which closed down in 2013.
  • Charities, groups and schools benefit from sale of club’s assets
  • Peak Dale Youth Motorcycle Club shut in 2013 after 37 years
  • Blythe House and air ambulance among the beneficiaries

Eighteen charities and clubs are among those to have benefited from the closure of a much-loved local motorcycle club.

Peak Dale Youth Motor Cycle Club sadly closed in 2013 after more than 30 years when the landowners announced plans to set up a new business at the site at Wainwrights Quarry.

A cheque for �10,000 is presented to the Derbyshire air ambulance.

A cheque for �10,000 is presented to the Derbyshire air ambulance.

The club’s assets have since been sold, raising £45,000 which has been split between the charities and clubs.

The recipients were chosen by the club’s trustees.

Reg Hallam, who founded the club, said: “It is a shame the club has gone because we were completely self sufficient but it is nice to help these charities and good causes.

“That is what it’s all about, in our constitution our aims were to do something good.”

This is an incredible donation for us and really will make a difference to the people of our community.

Rachel Damms, Fundraising and Communications Assistant at Blythe House Hospice

He added: “The club had been going for 37 years.

“It originally started as Peak Dale Youth Club but then we wanted to do something with motorcycles and we saw the quarry and things went from there.

“We had thousands of children from all over coming along to the club.

“Over the years we’ve had people from New Zealand, Syria, and we even had someone who used to come up from London at the weekends.

“We’ve won awards and had world champions here.

“It was hugely popular and it’s a shame we had to close.”

Among those to benefit from the cash was the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), which received £10,000.

Buxton fundraiser for the DLRAA, Pete Corbett, said: “I’d like to thank Reg and everyone at the club for their very generous donation.”

The donation is enough to fund almost six life-saving missions for the charity, which receives no government funding and relies solely on donations and fundraising.

Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Blythe House Hospice has also received a donation of £4,000.

The hospice, which provides help and support for people affected by cancer or other life-threatening illnesses, costs £1,800 a day to run and relies heavily on donations, fundraising and bequests.

Rachel Damms, Fundraising and Communications Assistant at the Eccles Fold hospice, said: “This is an incredible donation for us and really will make a difference to the people of our community.

“Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”

Other groups and organisations to have benefitted from the money include The Christie Hospital in Manchester, Macmillan Nurses, Peak Dale Bowling Club, Buxton Athletic Club, Peak Dale Band and St John Ambulance.

Twenty local schools have also received a share alongside mothers and toddlers groups.