After receiving more than 40 applications from local charities for the scheme, which has returned for a second year, the Derbion Cares committee has selected Children First Derby as the centre’s charity partner for 2023.
Launched in 1974, Children First Derby is an award-winning charity that aims to relieve the distress and suffering of children in the local area by providing life-changing support to vulnerable children, young people and families. Derbion will offer Children First Derby support throughout the year through fundraising, free in-centre activity space, staff volunteer time, centre resource and much more.
In 2022, Derbion supported local charities YMCA Derbyshire, RSPCA Derby & District and Safe and Sound with over £37,000 worth of support, including over 180 hours of Derbion staff volunteer time, sponsorships, fundraising, facilitated donations and free space in-centre.
Derbion Cares delivered support to each of the three charities, including transforming an allotment from a run-down space into a place for reflection, and running events such providing a free hot meal for the local community and a Christmas Fun Day for YMCA Derbyshire. Safe & Sound were provided with funding for outreach and engagement with young people throughout summer, and used Derbion’s Community Hub for a dedicated youth club. Additionally, Derbion worked with RSPCA Derby & District by hosting an event to celebrate a local RSPCA adoption success story, which raised over £700 for their 150 Hero Appeal campaign.
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