Zombies take to streets to boost charity (with video)
LURCHING and groaning their way through the city centre's streets, the living dead rose from their graves to shock shoppers.
But the invasion wasn't the re-enactment of a scene from a film – it was a stunt to raise awareness of Derby Kids' Camp.
It is the second time a zombie walk has been held in the city to raise awareness of the organisation, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
And among those who took part in both events was two-year-old Mabel Underwood.
This year she was dressed as a zombie doctor and her mum and dad, Donna and Ben, dressed as zombie patients.
Mrs Underwood, of Berwick Avenue, Chaddesden, said: "Mabel really enjoyed it last year and this year we've got her really dressed up.
"She really likes looking like a zombie."
Brent Waltham said he had a great time at last year's walk and, this year, he dressed as a zombie chef, complete with a bloodied meat mallet.
The 30-year-old said: "I really like the whole zombie genre and anything to do with charity. Helping anyone is great, especially if it involves dressing up.
"Derby Kids Camp is a really worthwhile organisation to be helping."
The voluntary-run organisation hosts five week-long summer breaks for up to 65 city children a week.
The group of about 50 zombies started off their slow shuffle on Saturday from the Market Place and continued down Sadler Gate.
The fund-raiser was organised by Shaun Bunting of events company Deafbox Promotions, alongside Jason Andrasi of Red Hood Creations, a Derby-based special effects and filming company.
Mr Andrasi, from Allenton, said the events were a great way to raise the profile of a very worthy cause.
The 23-year-old said: "Everyone had lots of fun last year and we're really happy to be able to do it again."
Last year's zombie walk raised £300 but this year the zombies were unable to carry out street collections due to a problem with the street collection licence.
Wayne Gresham, who volunteers for the organisation, said he hoped the event would raise the profile of the camp instead.
The 30-year-old said: "It's a really fun event to get people involved with.
"It's the camp's 40th anniversary and, over the past 40 years, it has provided more than 10,000 holidays for kids around Derby.
"I was actually a kid at a camp in around 1990 and went on holiday to the Peak District.
"It was a brilliant experience and we got to do things you don't normally do as a child.
"As an adult, I wanted to give something back to the kids of Derby and I've been volunteering for the camp for 11 years now."
To donate money to Derby Kids' Camp visit derbykidscamp.co.uk and click "donate".