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Who are we?

The charity was formed in 2006 and is a totally self-funding charity, we rely on people and businesses to raise funds for us so that we can provide the much-needed memory holidays to our families. The way the charity came about is a story you can read on Our Founderpage, told to you by the charity founder, Maria Hanson MBE.

Our Mission

me&dee has a simple mission, to ensure families going through difficult and uncertain times are gifted with memories they can treasure, never losing sight of what truly matters. Because it’s those special moments shared with the ones we love, no matter how complicated circumstances may be, that are most precious of all.

Gifting families with special memories when it’s needed most

We can’t change the difficult times. But together we can help families going through life-changing circumstances to laugh and smile when they need it most, making sure it’s the special times that will always be remembered.

Journey to our Hideaway

Our lodge in Sherwood Forest on the Sherwood Hideaway site, is a place that our families can spend together in a quiet and tranquil setting. It’s a place that our families can leave the hospital visits behind, a break from the lovely doctors and nurses who look after them, giving them time to be a family again.

The me&dee Hideaway location is close to so many attractions that families can get to should they wish to venture out and enjoy. You can find out more about our holiday home and watch a video on Our Holiday Home page.

Make a memory, make a difference

With your support, families and children facing life-changing and limiting circumstances can find the space to celebrate the precious time they have together.

Registered Charity No. 1146147

Find us


me&dee Charity
18A, Castle Lane
DE73 8JB

01332 297011


8th February 2023

me&dee charity have an exciting new challenge for you to get involved with! Our latest fundraising campaign ‘March through March’.

Every day between Monday 27th February and Friday 31st March walk, run, swim or dance 1.3miles to cover the 43-mile distance between the me&dee office and our lodge in Sherwood Forest. 1.3 miles is approximately 3,360 steps per day or 107,500 steps across
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3rd August 2022

Miles for Smiles Support me&dee again

In 2021 The Miles for Smiles team walked 300 miles from Edinburgh to Woodville raising over £50,000 for me&dee.
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3rd August 2022

me&dee 3rd Annual Golf Day

Here we go again! me&dee are once again back at Matlock Golf Club for our 3rd annual golf day, 23rd September 2022, would you like to join us? We have had excellent feedback for the course after our previous two annual Golf Days.
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12th May 2022

Ex Derby County football legend, Roger Davies, joins me&dee charity in going an extra mile for ‘Miles for Smiles’!

me&dee, their supported families and supporters take on the extra mile, to show their gratitude to the Miles for Smiles team and are pushing for schools to join in this summer!
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7th May 2022

250 miles cycled for me&dee charity

Over the last week in April, The Derby Conference Centre cycled 250 miles for the me&dee memory trail and raised £347.55 for the charity.
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30th March 2022

A team of young Derbyshire lads, are on a mission to raise more than £51,000 for chosen charity, me&dee!

The Miles for Smiles team, takes on 440 miles over 16 days.
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26th October 2021

Love Business Expo has chosen me&dee as its 2022 charity partner

We are absolutely delighted to announce that me&dee have been chosen as the Love Business Expo charity partner for 2022.
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13th July 2021

me&dee charity Business Club

Being a member of our Business Club gives you the opportunity to promote your company, take part in our business events, contribute to our newsletter and support me&dee in many various ways.
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16th December 2020

Kind-hearted Derby financial adviser agrees to share profits with city charity me&dee

A Derby financial advisor has offered to hand over a share of his profits throughout 2021 to a city charity which send families who are going through tough times on much-needed holidays.
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18th September 2020

The UK’s largest Kia car dealership has gifted a car to Derby based me&dee charity.

NK Motors has provided the charity with a brand-new Kia car, which was presented to me&dee on Friday 4^th September at the NK Motors showroom on Pride Park. As well as Rammie from Derby County making an appearance at the event, a special message from the
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14th September 2020

NK Motors gifts top of the range car to me&dee

The UK’s largest Kia car dealership has gifted a car to Derby based me&dee charity NK Motors has provided the chari
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10th June 2020

me&dee reaches 20/20 vision target and purchases dream Forever Home

Following two substantial donations, Derby based charity, me&dee has achieved its £150,000 target and purchased a lodge in the heart of Sherwood Forest, for families to enjoy precious time together.
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24th April 2020

Maria Hanson MBE founder of me&dee invites you to the Enchanted Forest Ball

Maria is delighted to announce that the 2020 fundraising Ball will once again be held at Heathland Grove, near Findern. As always there will be all the usual fantastic entertainment mixed in with a little bit of fundraising.
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24th April 2020

The Me&Dee Cookery Book

Last week Maria shared a recipe for Soda Bread from a book her beloved cousin Delia had given her many years ago. It got us thinking, wouldn’t it be lovely to have a recipe, that is special to you, forever preserved in the form of a me&dee cook book?
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17th April 2020

New charity partnership for Mr Shaw

Derby based clothing brand Mr Shaw, has announced its new charity partner will be me&dee charity.
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24th March 2020

NK Motors pledges its support to me&dee

The UK’s largest Kia car dealership has chosen me&dee as one of its charities of the year.
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11th March 2020

Local Derby eco-friendly business to support two charities for 2020

Derby-based eco-friendly and ethical professional housekeeping business, Bright & Beautiful®, has selected Dementia UK and Derbyshire-based Me & Dee for its charities of the year.
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20th February 2020

Koobr calls for businesses to back me&dee Charity

me&dee Charity has announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Trustees.
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22nd October 2019

The Derby Conference Centre take on The Three Peaks for charity mee&dee

On 5th October, four hiking enthusiasts from The Derby Conference Centre - Rebecca Prime, Jessica Wood, Eleanor Sainsbury and Richard Hindley - took to the Dales of Yorkshire to raise money for me&dee. Through all the blood, sweat and tears they managed t
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28th August 2019

Family charity launches '20/20 Vision'

Derby-based family support charity Me&Dee is hosting a special event to share its vision of creating a new holiday home in the East Midlands, for families experiencing life-limiting illness.
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14th March 2019

Local charity makes a move to The Derby Conference Centre

Local Charity ‘me & dee’ have moved their office from Friar Gate in Derby City Centre to The Derby Conference Centre.
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14th May 2018

Derby charity me&dee partnership with Birchover off to a flier

Derby-based charity me&dee have received a boost with the news that their new partnership with Birchover Sales and Lettings has delivered £800 in the first month.
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