Group of over 50 people meet at setting of Downtown Abbey to celebrate Doncaster carer

A group of over 50 people have been enjoyed a rooftop party at a South Yorkshire attraction which is featured in one of this year's biggest films.

By Rochelle Barrand
Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 2:18 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 2:46 am
Nigel being applauded by some fellow Stepping Outers for his fund-raising effort.
Nigel being applauded by some fellow Stepping Outers for his fund-raising effort.

The group, who are all part of Stepping Out, a team which provides walks for people with any disability and their carers, went to Wentworth Woodhouse.

They were at the Grade I listed country house, in Rotherham, to celebrate Doncaster’s Nigel Collingwood, who recently raised £250 for the team.

The house provided some of the setting for the period drama film Downtown Abbey, which is in cinemas now.

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Nigel, who has learning difficulties himself and is also a carer for his mum, has raised £250 for Stepping Out by doing a long distance walk across Doncaster.

Nigel, of Barnby Dun, said: “I did it because I love walking and I really like people too.

“Walking is so good for you, it keeps you fit and I try to do it every day. I started off from home by myself and after a few miles met my friend Jez at the cafe in Kirk Sandall Park. Then we carried on into Doncaster and finished just outside Asda. It felt good.”

The money contributed to Stepping Out’s group visit to Wentworth Woodhouse, which hosted the filmmakers of Downton Abbey for one of the key scenes in the just-released film.

The grand royal ball which ostensibly takes place at Harewood House was actually filmed in the Marble Saloon at Wentworth. For more information visit