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2018 Events

Thank you Royal Mail Ilkeston for your donation. Merry Christmas xx

Thank you West Hallam & District WI for the donation to Ben’s Den


Thank you very much all who donated chocolate for tonights stall 🍫🍫Thank you all who came to buy tombola tickets 💷 Between you, you’ve raised £191.85 for Ben’s Den 💙💛 😘


Many thanks to NFFC who have kindly donated a signed shirt

Thank you Yvonne Wilson and Springwater Golf Club for your amazing support xx

Thank you again to Jackie Dugdale who like last year has sent us her birthday money, your support from far away is much appreciated 😍💙

Rosemary Rees, you’re a lovely lady. Thank you for donating your 70th birthday money to Ben’s Den. So thoughtful 😘xx


Thank you Tk Maxx Giltbrook for choosing Ben’s Den to receive this donation from TJK VK Foundation xx 💙💛



Wow!! Well done Sarah Ann what am amazing thing to do. Thank you for supporting Ben’s Den too 💙💛 xx


Absolutely full of admiration for Rebecca Hall, for all the time and effort that went into tonights White Collar boxing event. £2,000 raised for Ben’s Den and a well deserved win! 💙💛


What a brilliant day Chetwynd Barracks Cyclocross. Thanks to Ian Bradley, ICC and all the fabulous cake bakers. £201 raised for Ben’s Den 🚴‍♀️💛💙


Thank you to Freya Gascoyne and friends at the NCS team for raising £292 for Ben’s Den at Belper River Gardens. Well done team 💙💛



192 miles walked 192+ many more smiles 😊 Thank you Keith Taylor. Walking in this heat must be tough. We all appreciate your efforts 😍💙💛 xx




Massive thanks to Lee Cumberland, another £250 for Bens Den from his upcoming fight on the 14th July. Top man💙


Thank you Morley Hayes for choosing Ben’s Den for your charity for the year 😀




Thank you for your outstanding support this year. So many different events, so much support. We simply can’t thank you enough.

You’ve made things happen. Memories that will last forever 💖 Sadly some of the memories made were the last for the families to make as a complete family but they have precious memories that can never be taken away…pricless! THANK YOU 💖

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year from all at Ben’s Den 🎅💙💛

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Brad Solo 200+ miles to create smiles :-)

Ian Bradley cycled, 200 plus miles in a day to raise funds for Ben’s Den. He cycled to the caravans in Mablethorpe and returned back to Ilkeston the same day. He cycled unaided. It was a red hot summers day with very high temperatures. A tough challenge!

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New Beer, Bucket & Spade

Possibly the last bottle of Bucket and Spade. The beer was released August 2018 with proceeds going to the fantastic local charity Bens Den!

So proud to have been part of the project along side The Crafty One Bar and Bottle Shop. Thank you to Urban Chicken Ale 💛💛💛💛


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“It was a great night, I have done close up magic professionally for 11 years and is second nature but this was my first time in front of a seated audience on the stage and I am proud of how I handled it and the banter between myself and the audience was off the scale”

Carl Leek Starman Magic Thank you for supporting Ben’s Den. Absolutely brilliant show 💙💛 xxx


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Cullum Detuners walk the extra mile.

Cullum celebrate 60 years in Business.

As part of our 60 Years in Business celebrations on Thursday 2nd May we held a day of activities, food and cake.

We held STEM sessions in the morning with Heanor Gate Science College and Aldercar Community Language College, then completed a Charity walk through Shipley Park in aid of Ben’s Den, a local charity raising funds to support the families of children fighting leukaemia or cancer. The walk was a great success apart from the torrential downpour that occurred half way round the route!

Afterwards we all enjoyed a hog roast and ice cream followed by presentations to long term employees and the cutting of our anniversary cake. It was an opportunity for all to see how Cullum has built on their strong heritage and how we will continue to maintain, develop and promote engineering success.

£2,480 Thankyou x


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The Newdigate to Skeggy

On the 30th June 2018 16 Cylists rode 100+ miles to Skegness to raise £14,522.99

Lee Ryan
Bob Smith
Steven Grinham
Dave gibbons
Richard Burke
Arron Dodd
Tracy wood
Mark Charlton
Liz  Spanner
Les Parks
Ryan Filby
Chantelle Andrews
Lee Clarke
Stefanie Louise
Tom Braisby
Mark  Hobson

And here are a few of the brilliant Sponsors who helped them keep pushing all the way

Smalley Cross  £500✅
Sue Oliver grooming £500✅
Simon Douglas construction £250✅
Newdigate. £250✅
Willis Estates £250✅
DM home improvement £100✅
Stathams Carpets £100✅
West Hallam Fryer £100✅
Nutbrook roofing   £100✅
AD joinery services £100✅
Derbyshire Plumbing £100✅
Total Precision Ltd  £100✅
kniftons Mobile Toilets Ltd £100✅
Chris Brown £200 ✅
Nutbrook Coffee Shop £100✅
Let’s Fascia It £100✅

Thankyou Lee Ryan for organising this Event. x

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38 go to the ben’s den vans and back

On the last day of June 2018 and the first day of July was really busy between Ilkeston and Mablethorpe 38 cyclists took to there bike and peddled to The Bens Den vans and back. This raised a massive amount of money £16,000 .

Thankyou to everyone who took part x.


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Workers’ pedal-pushing power produces pounds to give sick children holidays

TEN employees from an Ilkeston firm swapped work clothes for cycling shorts and helmets to take part in a charity bike ride for a local good cause.

The cyclists, from Dales Fabrications, which designs and makes aluminium building products, got on their bikes and made their way to the Lincolnshire seaside resort of Skegness.

And their pedal-pushing power raised a minimum in sponsorship of £2,500, including a donation from the company, for Ben’s Den.

This is the second time this year that workers from the company have raised money – previously it was £1,200 – for the charity that was set up in memory of Ben Parker who passed away in 2003 after a three-year battle with leukaemia, diagnosed when he was just 10.

The money will go towards the upkeep of caravans at Mablethorpe used to support the families of children fighting leukaemia or cancer by giving them much-needed quality time away from hospital.

Karl Prosser, managing director of Dales Fabrications, on Crompton Road, said: “Most of the employees have had bikes from the Government’s cycle-to-work scheme. So this ride was combining the idea of green travel with leisure and the added benefit for charity.

The distance from the factory to Skegness was 103 miles, but one worker Anthony Fowkes(43), went extra miles by cycling to the start from his home in Allenton, Derby. “People were cycling at their own pace, but I was doubling back to make sure everyone was OK,” he said.

Four others, including Karl, though joining the spirit of the ride, did a shorter distance of 30 miles from Boston. He explained: “Some were not experienced or fit enough to do the whole journey. One, Nicola Chambers, an organiser along with Rebecca Cross, had just returned from maternity leave!”

One of those, 18-year-old Tia Bexon from Ilkeston, said:”I was nervous doing it because I had not ridden for four years before practising for it.

“I wanted to take part because the charity is close to my heart as my brother Ryan died of leukaemia 12 years ago, the day before his first birthday.”

Ben’s dad Darren, on behalf of the charity, praised the “fantastic effort” of the cyclists. “In July I cycled to Skegness myself as part of a fund-raiser and I know what an effort it was.

“Such is the demand for our help that, sadly, we were turning away families before the summer break, but now we have purchased a fourth caravan to cope with requests.”

Dales, which has 40 employees, is celebrating 40 years in business.

“This charity ride reflects the good team ethos that we enjoy at the company, and we would also like to add particular thanks to those that gave valuable support to the riders, and also to the significant number of people that turned up to cheer us over the finish line in Skegness,” Karl added.

Pictured(left to right) on arriving at Skegness, are: Colin Dales, Kelly Bexon, Jhyrl Francis, Anthony Fowkes, Karl Prosser, Adam Shaw, Rebecca Cross, Tia Bexon, Darren Barker, Nicola Chambers.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the charity can do so online at
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Ilkeston to Skegness trek and cycle Raises £12,242.89

On the 7th July Kev Banwell, Luke Gibling, Trev O’neill, Paul Dudley, Al Conlin, Simon Ward, Gaz Todd, Joe Horsley, Scott Law and Paul Hutchison set of on there mammoth journey across the country 86 miles from Ilkeston to Skegness on foot. Where they met 12 cyclists which included Daz and Tracey Parker who rode 122 miles via Mablethorpe.
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DALES do the Business

Charity effort by friends and firm raises £1,200 to give holidays to families with sick children

March 14, 2017

A Christmas charity effort by an Ilkeston factory worker and her friend has resulted in a £1,200 bonus for a local good cause.

Becky Cross of Kirk Hallam, who works as a powder coater at Dales Fabrications on Crompton Industrial Estate and Rebecca Frost started their effort two weeks before Christmas.

Becky encouraged co-workers to wear joke reindeer antlers with a donation going to Ben’s Den, set up in memory of Ben Parker who passed away in 2003 after a three-year battle with leukaemia, diagnosed when he was just 10. Becky is a friend of the family.

Rebecca encouraged others to join in and personally gave £125. The idea spread via social media and Dales Fabrications gave a donation with the effort topped up by a charity auction.

“It’s been a great result from everybody, including all at Dales,” said Becky. “We are really pleased.”

Erewash MP Maggie Throup, who was visiting Dales (Fri March 10) on a fact-finding mission after reading about the company’s work and success joined the two fundraisers in presenting a cheque for £1,200 to Kevin and Donna Hill, of the Ben Parker Trust Fund.

The charity helps support the families of children fighting leukaemia or cancer by gifting them a free holiday in caravans at Mablethorpe, Lincs, and allowing them to spend much-needed quality time away from hospital.

Maggie said: “It’s great that Dales have been able to support this local charity knowing that every pound will make a difference.”

Karl Prosser, managing director of Dales, said: “We very much hope that we will be able to continue supporting Ben’s Den in the coming years.”

The cheque was the first donation to the charity this year, according to Kevin. “This is a fantastic amount which will really help,” he said, adding that it would pay for the ground rent for one of the caravans for a year.


For more information contact Karl Prosser on 0115 930 1521.

Picture caption: (left to right): Becky Cross, Erewash MP Maggie Throup, Rebecca Frost, Karl Prosser, with cheque recipients Donna and Kevin Hill.

Story and picture courtesy of Dales Fabrications, Kevin Palmer Media Services and AE Media.

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