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Midlands Communications and Print Company plays Key role in saving 90,000 lives during COVID-19 Pandemic

Derbyshire company, BLACKFISH GROUP, have been working around the clock to produce thousands of technical labels which will be applied to ventilators.  These ventilators are estimated to save 90,000 + lives in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blackfish Group are one of a number of organisations in the UK who have been given clearance to access the Government’s emergency supply chain partners, to ensure they can obtain raw materials from anywhere in the world, whenever they are needed.

Guess the weight of Gary Baaaarlow and help raise money for NHS charities

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots is raising money for Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity with a competition to guess the weight of one of its recently born lambs, nicknamed Gary Baaaarlow.

The Duffield farm shop would ordinarily have run a similar competition as part of its annual Lambing Sunday event, which was cancelled this year due to coronavirus.

Instead, the fundraising event has gone online – with the farm shop keen to support frontline NHS services in southern Derbyshire and south east Staffordshire.

Charity Ambassador Appeals For Vigilance

BAFTA award winning actress Molly Windsor has made an online appeal for families to be vigilant about young people’s online activity in her capacity as ambassador for Derbyshire charity Safe and Sound.

Molly, who lives in Derbyshire, won a BAFTA for her role in television drama ‘Three Girls’ about the Rochdale child sexual exploitation prosecutions.

Local Charity Welcomes Government Support

Specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound has welcomed news that the Government has pledged further support for frontline charities during the pandemic.

Chancellor Rishi Sunack announced yesterday (Wednesday April 8) that charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.

Derby BIDS Support #RaiseTheBar

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have joined a national campaign calling on the Government to help more businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors survive the lockdown and secure local jobs.

The national #RaiseTheBar campaign has been backed by industry representation bodies and BIDs across the UK in asking the Government to raise the rateable value threshold for grant assistance from £51,000 to £150,000 for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.

Ashgate Hospice Help by Derbyshire Artist

I am an award winning and published author, and I am offering my services to paint local business windows for free. My idea is to bring comfort with visual stories and something beautiful to look at.