LAST Saturday, The Malls was host to chillis, pirates, superheroes and more in this year’s Basingstoke Roll held by the Basingstoke and District Disability Forum (BDDF.)

With the aid of a grant from The Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme, with more than 50 volunteers involved in the running of the event, that saw teams race through the shopping centre with one team member in a wheelchair, to raise awareness of what it is like for wheelchair users to get around in Basingstoke.

Team members also participated in a scavenger hunt around some of the shops in The Malls.

The day managed to raise a total of £2,500 for the charity to help with their Disability Signpost Service and Disability Connections get-togethers that take place on the first Tuesday of each month.

Amanda Knowles, facilitator at BDDF said: “I was blown away by the support from the local community who gave up their time to volunteer at the event. There was such a warm, friendly vibe and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.”

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane in 2014/15 Cllr Roger Gardiner attended the event. He said: “Saturday was a great day and it was good to see so many people enjoying themselves and supporting the Disability Forum.

“The Basingstoke Roll is a major fundraiser as the BDDF has to raise the majority of funds itself as grant funding has been seriously reduced. I would encourage people to visit the website and give generously.”

Philips Solicitors managed to get the fastest time this year as the ‘Red Chilli Peppers’, with Stars of Tesco Wonderland, Basingstoke Local Mencap ‘Aspire Strikers’ and Irwin Mitchell’s ‘Justice League’ crossing the finish line in record time.

Patron of BDDF Lady Judith Colman of Malshanger was also present at the event. She said: “It surpassed all my expectations.”

The next Disability Awareness and Information day is on September 20.