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Eyes down and dobbers at the ready –networking group Derbys Finest aim to raise thousands for city charity Revive

Eyes down and dobbers at the ready –networking group Derbys Finest aim to raise thousands for city charity Revive

A GROUP of generous business leaders in Derby are hosting a virtual bingo night to raise funds for a city charity.


Members of networking group Derbys Finest are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the Revive Healthy Living Centre, which offers a range of services focused on health, wellbeing and aims to improve the quality of life for residents living in Derwent and the surrounding areas.

The aim is to take children in the city – and their families - on a much-needed seaside break, with prizes including hospitality tickets to watch Derby County, an iPad and an overnight stay at the four-star Edgbaston Park Hotel for two adults and two children.

Organised by Claire Twells, of Smith Partnership, and Mercia Image Printing’s Amanda Strong, there will also be a ‘bonus round’ with top prize being a week in a Spanish villa for a family of four.

Claire, who has supported the Revive Healthy Living Centre for several years, said:

“Holidays are something which most of us take for granted – although that’s been limited over the past year – but many of the children who are supported by Revive won’t have left Derby.

“These families have nothing; we’re also looking for donations of swimwear, clothing and toiletries which they can take on the holiday with them.

“To see them enjoying a well-deserved break at the seaside will be a wonderful sight.

Amanda added:

“The past year has had its challenges and we’re hoping that our virtual bingo night will be a fun event with some fantastic prizes and that we can raise funds for a charity which does an incredible job.”

Derbys Finest, which celebrates women across the county with a focus on encouraging future generations of females, supports a number of charities who benefit from money raised by the group.

They donated hundreds of presents for Revive’s annual Christmas campaign which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, saw an increased number of children living in poverty, facing a life-limiting illness, loss of a parent or sibling, residing in care or having experienced physical, emotional or domestic abuse being referred.

Jo Andrew, manager at Revive Healthy Living Centre, said:

“The Secret Santa appeal, which has been running since 2012, is a way of bringing a little joy to children who are facing challenging circumstances at what can be a difficult time of year.

“Feedback from the Secret Santa programme is always positive; it literally saves Christmas for so many families and children and I’m always really humbled by the number of people who contact me and, despite having difficulties of their own, are willing to help someone out.

“The community spirit in Derby and Derbyshire is amazing and really heartening.”

Revive, based in Roe Farm Lane, also provide a job club five days a week and recycle new, branded household goods – such as detergents, cleaning products, nursery equipment, towels and bedding – that would otherwise go to landfill sites by offering them to local homes instead, enabling household budgets to go further.

Jo added:

“Our packages are support for those who need it most. They’re not a sticking plaster; the past 12 months has seen an increase in people needing Universal Credit and redundancy due to Coronavirus and we are trying to help as many people in the Derwent and Chaddesden area who are experiencing financial hardship that we can.”

Tickets for the Derbys Finest virtual bingo cost £25 per person, which is for five games of bingo. Prizes will be given for a line, four corners and a full house. Click on the link to purchase tickets.

There is also a one-off Golden Game, prizes include 4 tickets to see Diana Ross at the O2 including first-class train travel from Derby and a week away in a luxury villa in Spain.  Tickets for this additional event are £15 a ticket. Click here for details:

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