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Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017 finalists

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18 May 2017
The finalists of the 2017 Derby Telegraph Business Awards have been announced and I am once again so proud to be judging and supporting the Not-For-Profit Organisation Award this year. The Derby Telegraph Business Awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies from across Derbyshire. Year-on-year the event brings together local businesses from across the region to hand out 13 coveted titles.

As a proud Derby based business, we are delighted to sponsor and judge the Not-for-Profit Organisation Award for the fourth year running. Recognising the excellent performance of public sector, not-for-profit and charitable organisations in the Derbyshire area, the nominees have been judged on their ability to maintain financial performance, as well as looking at the cultural influence of the organisation and the potential benefits it brings. 
All of the shortlisted entries this year have demonstrated their ability to influence and work with the communities they serve, providing an invaluable service and helping those in need across the region. Deciding on the finalists has been an incredibly hard and emotional experience, but I am confident that the three finalists are a fitting representation of the amazing work happening within the not-for-profit sector across Derbyshire.

Supporting the Not-For-Profit Organisation Award is extremely important to me and to Sellick Partnership. We want to remain an integral part of the Midlands’ business community, and awards such as this allows us to build lasting relationships with businesses from across the region. It is through these awards that I met Maria Hanson, and became involved in me&dee (also known as The Maria Hanson Foundation), and I am forever thankful for the opportunities sponsoring this category has given me.

Each of the shortlisted entries deserves to win this award and it is going to be an incredibly tough decision picking one winner – I just wish we could recognise them all! Below is an outline of the work that our chosen finalists do in and around Derbyshire, and the vital contributions they make to the communities around them.

Friends of the Baby Unit:

The objectives of the Friends of the Baby Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital are to raise funds to buy additional equipment for use in the intensive care of babies in the Neonatal Unit.

Special care for Babies has existed at the ‘Nightingale Maternity Home’ in Derby since 1947, but in 1973 the new Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) was set up at the Derby City Hospital. The unit has since moved to Derby’s new super hospital – The Royal Derby Hospital. This Unit cares for premature and sick new-born babies, providing care in a purpose built neo-natal specialist medical unit which opened in the autumn of 2007. In 2007 Friends of the Baby Unit supported 250 babies each year which has now increased to 425 babies in the current year.

The work the volunteers at the unit do is vital to support the staff at the hospital. They have provided equipment that has saved the lives of countless babies. This year the Unit is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has raised more than £2 million since its formation in 1976. In 2016 the charity stepped into a new era, utilising a new website and opening new avenues for fundraising. It is hoped that with these new techniques, and the continued support of residents from across Derbyshire that the charity will continue long into the future.

To find out more about Friends of the Baby Unit and what they do please visit

Sporting Futures:

Sporting Futures has been working in Derbyshire for 22 years supporting young people from some of the hardest to reach communities across the county.
Their ever evolving model of outreach, engagement and delivery has seen countless successes across Derbyshire.  The continue to make extremely positive contributions to the future of thousands of young people, enabling them to achieve their potential through the delivery of weekly sports sessions, employability projects and volunteering programmes.

  • Since its formation Sporting Futures has:
  • Helped 2902 young people
  • Delivered 2,795 sports sessions
  • Helped 305 people gain qualifications
  • Spent 83,000 hours with young people
  • Hosted 6,000 runners in our 10K race
  • Offered 200 volunteering opportunities in our races

Sporting Futures continues to provide an invaluable service across Derbyshire despite the ever changing and challenging landscape of the regions not-for-profit sector Sporting Futures have maintained a high level of services for some of Derbyshire’s most vulnerable young people, working directly with over 1,500 young people again to the year end March 2017.  

Many of their partners including local authorities, other charities, community interest companies and funders have suffered reductions to their respective budgets which has made things difficult over the past 12 months. However their excellent team and robust funding/business model have enabled them to exceed targets and continue to provide a great service.

To find out more about Sporting Futures and what they do please visit

Women’s Work:

Women's Work is a national award winning charity, founded in 2003 that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable women. The charity has evolved over the years and is now delivering a range of services, inspirational events, support, advocacy and practical workshops, to improve health outcomes for women. Their services are targeted at women who have complex and multifaceted needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, women offenders, women exploited through prostitution and those fleeing domestic abuse.

Women's Work are passionate about helping women from the most deprived and troubled backgrounds to gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed and make positive and lasting life changes, that will improve their overall health and well-being.

Over the past 12 months Women’s Work have managed to increase their service users by 60 percent  whilst managing to not to turn a vulnerable women away. This is testament to the committed, resilient and resourceful team they have.

To find out more about Women’s Work and what they do please visit
For more information on these fantastic organisations, the awards or the services that Sellick Partnership offer, don’t hesitate to contact me on 01332 542 580 or email
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