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Derbion announces new charity partner for 2023

Derby’s leading retail and leisure destination has announced its new charity partner for 2023.

After receiving more than 40 applications from local charities, Derbion Cares has selected Children First Derby as Derbion’s charity partner for 2023.

Launched in 1974, Children First Derby is an award-winning charity that aims to relieve the distress and suffering of children in the local area by providing life-changing support to vulnerable children, young people and families.

Derbion will offer Children First Derby support throughout the year through fundraising, free in-centre activity space, staff volunteer time, centre resource and much more.

Set up by Derbion colleagues, Derbion Cares was launched in 2022 and has already provided three local charities with over £37,000 worth of support. In its first year, Derbion Cares partnered with YMCA Derbyshire, Safe and Sound, and RSPCA Derby & District giving over 180 hours of volunteer time and supporting with sponsorships, fundraising, facilitated donations and free space in-centre.

Beth McDonald, Managing Director at Derbion, commented: “After such a successful first year of Derbion Cares, we’re proud to announce Children First Derby as our charity partner for 2023. We’re excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Children First Derby to create a series of impactful activations that will benefit the charity, young people and families in the wider Derby community.

“Our Derbion Cares Committee were keen to support a local organisation that focuses on tackling some of the key issues facing our community – focusing on helping children and families, we believe we can help Children First Derby make an even bigger impact over the year ahead.”

Louise Webb, Fundraising Coordinator at Children First Derby, said: “Our primary focus is to support the most vulnerable people in local community, and we’re confident that the support from the Derbion Cares initiative will give us a fantastic opportunity to fulfil this objective, while helping to raise awareness about the vital work Children First Derby does.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS About Derbion Derbion is the East Midlands’ premier retail and leisure destination, offering a full family day out within a contemporary and safe environment. The centre has an attractive line-up of famous brands with over 200 household names, including; Next, Zara, Mango, M&S, Hobbs, Hugo Boss, Whistles, Lush and JD Sports with new additions in the last 12 months including Jack Wills, H&M Home, Søstrene Grene and we’re proud to have recently opened a brand new 127,000 sq. ft department store for Frasers, Sports Direct, USC and GAME. With Showcase Cinema de Lux, Paradise Island Adventure Golf, Hollywood Bowl and the 640 seat Derby Theatre, Derbion has an extensive leisure offer for visitors to enjoy. The venue’s Food Terrace offers a wide variety of grab and go options for visitors to choose from, with eight further standalone restaurants and many more cafes and eateries throughout the centre. The scheme is supported by an integrated, secure car park facility, offering 3,600 spaces in the heart of Derby city centre.

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