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Local Business Collaboration Supports Children First Derby Fundraising Initiative

Local Business Collaboration Supports Children First Derby Fundraising Initiative

Derby Businesses, Smith Partnership, and Mercia Image Print joined forces to support local children’s charity, Children First Derby with a Christmas card fundraising initiative.


Children from two local adjoining schools, Ridgeway Infant School, and Gayton Junior School, were invited to take part in Children First Derby’s Christmas cardcompetition; tasked with designing awinning Christmas card that the charity could produce and sell in the lead up to Christmas, to help raise much needed funds.

Derby Print business, Mercia Image Print,regular supporters of the charity, were quick to support the initiative and kindly agreed to cover all the printing costs of the Christmas cards.

“We are always keen to support Children First Derby and the amazing work they do in the local community,” said Mercia Image Print, Ambassador, Amanda Strong. “The charity works hard to make a difference to local vulnerable children and their families and we’re proud to get involved and help wherever possible.”

The Derby office of leading UK Law firm, Smith Partnership, also supported the fundraising initiative, generously donating two £50 Amazon Gift voucher prizes for the winners of the design competition.

The two winning Christmas card designs, one from each school, were announced during an outside presentation in front of school children and staff from both schools, held at Ridgeway Infant school, on June 7th.

Business supporters of the initiative, Amanda Strong and Claire Twells, attended the presentation to meetall the children and staff who had been involved in thedesign competition and to hand over the voucher prizes to the two winners.

“It is important for Smith Partnership to support the local community,” said Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership. “We know that many local charities have been impacted by the effects of the pandemic and we wanted to offer our support and helpthis fantastic fundraisinginitiative.

“It is great to be involved directly with local schools and it was lovely to see the children’s reactions at the presentation.”

Also in attendance wasChildren First Derby Fundraising volunteer, Sandra Harrison, who came up with the Christmas card fundraising initiative and worked closely with the schools throughout, andChildren First Derby CEO, Irshad Baqui, who led the proceedings.

Irshad said “We would like to thank all the children who worked hard to create some outstanding designs, making it a difficult task to choose our winners.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has helped to support this fundraising initiative. It is a great example of teamwork within the local community, and we really appreciate everyone’s hard work and support.”

The two winners of the Christmas card design competition were: Sofia Smaili, aged 9 years, from Gayton Junior School and Andrew Gadsby, aged 5, from Ridgeway Infants School.

Both children were delighted that their designs will now be printed and made into Christmas cards. These will be sold by the charity in the run up to Christmasto help raise funds for Children First Derby.

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