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Mr Frostbite Attends Senior Spireites Lunch

26 November 2014

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At this week's Senior Spireites lunch, mountaineer and author Nigel Vardy, known as 'Mr Frostbite', was the guest speaker.

Vardy lost his toes, nose and several fingers when stranded on Mt. McKinley in Alaska in 1999, and spoke about his life-changing experiences with over a hundred lunch guests.

After giving his talk, Vardy spoke to Spireites Player about the event.

He said: "I thought it went very well. It was a very enjoyable occasion and everyone seeemed very interested. 

"I always enjoy speaking at events like this because it's a little bit more relaxed than a formal business speech - it was a thoroughly good occasion."

The bi-monthly Senior Spireites lunches always prove popular with guests and feature Chesterfield FC legends and other interesting speakers talking about their experiences, all over a two-course meal with coffee.

One attendee said: "I think the meal today was the best one we've had. Also today's guest was special for me as I've walked Nepal and in the mountains there, so what he said was great. 

"I like to come and socialise with the people that I'm with and I'm interested in what the speakers say. Normally it's a footballer but today was different and I enjoyed it."

Also at the lunch was local secondary school student Andrew Davies, who gave a speech and is raising money the Sheffield Children's Hospital, having previously been treated there for leukaemia.

He said: "I have set myself a fundraising target of £150,000, which is the equivalent cost of a bone marrow transplant.

"I'm here to talk about the charity and my experiences with it. It's been going very well so far. I've done a variety of events including a charity walk and I think we currently stand at around £43,000 raised."

A special Christmas Senior Spireites lunch takes place on December 16. The lunch costs £13.95 for a three course meal with prominent guests from Chesterfield FC talking throughout the event.

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