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Derby law firm announce nominated charities for coming year

Derby law firm announce nominated charities for coming year

Leading city centre law firm Nelsons has announced its nominated charities for the coming year.

Each year the law firm supports three charities local to its offices in Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham and, this year, employees at the Derby office, based in Sterne House on Lodge Lane, chose me&dee.

Founded by Maria Hanson MBE in 2006, me&dee has since supported more than 5,000 families who are going through difficult and uncertain times across the region by providing them with a holiday to create memories and have much needed time together  that they wouldn’t otherwise have.

The charity has its own ‘Hideaway’ within Sherwood Forest, providing families with a quiet and tranquil setting away from the hospital environment where they can be a family again. Its mission is to ensure families who are going through tough times are gifted with memories they can treasure.

Stewart Vandermark, chief executive at Nelsons, said:

“Nelsons has been supporting local charities on an annual basis across the East Midlands for several years now. It's something that’s become embedded in our culture and very close to our hearts – particularly at a time when charities are still feeling the after effects of the pandemic.

“There are so many local charities doing incredible work that often fly under the radar. Therefore, our aim isn’t just to raise money, but it’s to also raise awareness of them and the people that work so hard behind the scenes.”

Maria Hanson MBE, founder of me&dee, said:

“When I received an email from Nelsons that we had been chosen as their nominated charity for the coming year it was a huge surprise - we had no idea, and we are absolutely over the moon.

“Extra fundraising allows us to help more families and means we don’t have to turn anyone away. Nelsons’ support will help us with the extra families sent to us by Rainbow Hospice and Derby Hospital and will ultimately result in more families being able to spend valuable time together.

“We are so incredibly proud to have the support from Nelsons in our charity and what we do, and we look forward to working with them this year.”

Nelsons has also chosen to support Headway Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland and The Rosie May Foundation – its nominated charities for the firm’s Leicester and Nottingham offices respectively.

Last year, staff chose to support Stonebridge City Farm, Alex’s Wish and Macmillan Cancer Support, and raised more than £3,300 in total for the charities.

Stewart added:

“After another successful year of fundraising, we are looking forward to finding more new and interesting ways to raise vital funds for our nominated charities. I always feel incredibly proud of the number of people who want to get involved and, as always, we already have a few ideas in the pipeline to kickstart the year.”

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Picture: Maria Henson, Me&dee

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