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Derby-based Colleague Box and Century Mobile have further expanded their support for the county’s specialist charity Safe and Sound.

Personalised gift company Colleague Box, which was set up by a husband and wife team during lockdown, have created a special ‘Hope Box’ for young people who are victims of or at risk of exploitation.

The Hope Box is filled with calming activities, treats and positivity messages and will be distributed over the coming months to 200 young people who are supported by Safe and Sound.

The charity is appealing to individuals and businesses to sponsor a £20 Hope Box so that as many young people as possible can receive the gift to help them with the next chapter in their journey to move forward with their lives.

Furthermore, Colleague Box have chosen Safe and Sound as its charity partner for their Christmas personalised gifts campaign – pledging £1 to the charity for every order received.

Safe and Sound are also stepping up its relationship with Century Mobile in Sinfin who already operate a very successful recycling scheme with unwanted mobile devices recycled and the funds donated to the charity.

Now the company has pledged to supply the charity with mobile technology to ensure safe and secure contact with the young people and families they support.

Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison said:

“Our workload has greatly increased during the pandemic particularly with children and young people as young as eight being groomed online.

“Covid restrictions have however made it challenging to provide face to face support so safe and secure mobile technology is particularly vital for our team who are working with hundreds of local young people and their families.

“We are therefore grateful for the support from these and many other local businesses throughout the year to raise money for us and help us with vital services to ensure that we can support even more young people and their families during these continued difficult times.”

Safe and Sound supports children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation including sexual, County Lines, trafficking, Modern Slavery and radicalisation.  The team also supports families and raises public awareness across local communities about the dangers facing young people and the support available.

For more information about Safe and Sound and how to support the work it does, please visit the new website which also has details about the Christmas fundraising campaign.

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