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Derbyshire’s elite are crowned at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards

by Sellick Partnership | 21 June 2018

Since the Derby Telegraph Business Awards started taking entries in January 2018, many for-profit and not-for-profit organisations submitted their applications to hopefully be shortlisted and go on to be crowned winners of one of the 15 accolades, presented at the Gala Ceremony. As sponsors of the Not-for-Profit Organisation Award since the inception of the awards five years ago, the ceremony is a memorable event as we get to witness these individuals being recognised and rewarded for the life changing work that they do. 

After speaking with the shortlisted organisations of the Not-for-Profit Organisation Award it became apparent that the reasons for entering the awards were similar. These included boosting their public profile, promoting the services that they offer and celebrating the work that their staff and volunteers carry out within their community. 

We would like to say a huge congratulations to the winner of the Not-for-Profit Organisation Award, Derby County Community Trust and to the runners up, Children First Derby and Treetops Hospice Care. As the awards culminated last week, we wanted to discuss the important work these charities undertake. 

Children First Derby
Children First Derby, runners up, expressed that being nominated for the award provides them with the positive profile that will help them recruit volunteers and increase public awareness.

Danny Smith, Chief Executive, said “Our aim is to relieve the distress and suffering experienced by families and children in Derby. In particular, those who have suffered from, or are likely to suffer from, violence or maltreatment in their homes. We have been providing early-intervention support services to address this aim since 1974.

“Our two charitable services (Family Support and Mentoring) both rely on trained and professionally supervised local volunteers to provide the essential support to our families and young people in need. We also depend on grants allied with our own fundraising activities and donations from supporters to fund these two services that support over 300 individuals per year.”

Treetops Hospice Care
Treetops Hospice Care who were also runners up for the award were delighted to be shortlisted as they too were looking to raise their profile to make people more aware of the services that they provide to their community. Another advantage of being shortlisted for the award was that they were able to network with like-minded individuals at the Gala Dinner to find out if they could offer their assistance to support other organisations. 

Katharine Lightbown, PR and Marketing Executive said “Treetops Hospice Care provides nursing care and emotional support for adults affected by a life-limiting illness across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Last year we supported over 1,700 people with services including Support & Information, Day Care, Hospice at Home and Therapeutic Services including Complementary Therapy and Art Therapy.

“We feel this is recognition of the high quality care and support we provide to local people. It is also a reflection of our amazing team of compassionate staff and dedicated volunteers, without whom we could not operate.” 

Derby County Community Trust
Last but not least, Derby County Community Trust won the coveted Not-for-Profit Organisation Award. They work to help disadvantaged children and adults across the Derbyshire area. 

Megan Patrick, Marketing and Communications Officer provided further insight into the varied work that they carry out “We were thrilled to be shortlisted for the Not-for-Profit Organisation category as it’s a huge sign of local recognition for the work we deliver.

“No two days in the Community Trust are the same. We work with individuals from three to 98, in schools, communities, hospitals, businesses; the list continues! Our dedicated and talented staff are equipped with their own personal skill sets to change the lives and improve the health and well-being of each participant we work with. In 2017, the number of participants we engaged with stood at 17,000 and we aim to keep growing and reaching out to those we can help across the county.

"Through the streams of sport, physical activity, health and education, we deliver nearly 40 individual programmes, meaning we can help thousands of individuals on a tailored basis. From sports clubs for disadvantaged youngsters, to rehabilitation for those living with cancer, to our Down’s Syndrome football team and falls prevention activities for the over 60s, we are driven by our values to be caring, collaborative, effective and valued by our community, leading us to be proud of our work.

"This pride underpins everything we do, using the brand of Derby County Football Club to instil belief in others and ensure we are always working to the best of our ability. Recognition from the English Football League has seen us named Community Club of the Year for 2017, and the local recognition gained by this nomination places us firmly where we want to be, in the hearts of communities around Derby and Derbyshire.”

At Sellick Partnership, we also believe in giving back to the community by sponsoring the Derby Telegraph Business Awards and our various charitable sporting initiatives.

To find out more about how we give back to the community follow the link below.

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