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New Appointment to Children First Derby

New Appointment to Children First Derby

Award-winning charity Children First Derby has appointed a new Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator, Kerrie Oxford, to support the charity’s drive for growth and expansion.

Kerrie, a Media and Communications graduate and former Senior Account Executive with local PR agency NMPR, has worked in public relations and marketing for over ten years. Her industry experience includes working as a PR Officer at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and more recently as the PR Officer and Social Media Manager for Derby-based cancer charity, Annabel’s Angels.

“We’re delighted to welcome Kerrie to the team,” said Fred Jacques, Chair of Children First Derby. “With her extensive PR background and previous experience of working in the charity sector, we are confident that Kerrie will help to successfully raise the profile of Children First Derby and take the lead on our various fundraising activities to support the charity’s expansion plans.”

Based in Leopold Street, Children First Derby is an award-winning charity dedicated to working with local vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people, and their families.

Kerrie said,

“I’m delighted to join Children First Derby. Covid 19 is proving challenging as we rely on public donations to fund our mentoring and family support service, and the current restrictions limit the charity’s fundraising capabilities.

“The charity has recently become Marketing Derby bondholders which is a great platform for us to raise the profile of the charity, it will also help us generate support from the wider business community in Derby and I’m certain this will help greatly with our fundraising activities.”

Kerrie will be working alongside recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Band, who joined as the charity’s new CEO at the end of June 2020.

With over 35 years’ experience of working with vulnerable children and families, Elizabeth has delivered education to young people in a variety of settings such as mental health centres, hospitals, exclusion, and secure schools.

“As a passionate advocate for children and families that need additional help and support, I was thrilled to join Children First Derby as the new CEO,” said Elizabeth.

“We plan to expand and grow the charity so we can reach out and increase the level of support we offer to local vulnerable young people – especially at a time when our services are needed most. We are pleased to welcome Kerrie to the team and we’re certain she’ll be a great asset.”

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