Cathedral Quarter Businesses Join Forces to Raise Cash for Children in Need

Businesses in a key shopping area of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter will be joining together to raise money for Children in Need on Thursday November 17.

Several businesses in The Strand and the Strand Arcade will be opening their doors late between 5pm and 10pm for an evening of games, raffles, competitions, live entertainment and special offers with proceeds going to the charity. They will be joined by a range of pop up stalls including food, drink, and arts and crafts.

The Prosecco Parlour in the Strand Arcade will be launching a locally produced hot mulled wine; opposite, Galactic Models will be organising competitions including model racing games. Tatlers Fabrics, Selena’s contemporary flowers and Can Can lingerie will be staying open late and Brides & Gowns will be holding a special accessories evening.

Meanwhile a number of retailers will be donating a percentage of their profits on the night towards Children in Need. Lynda and Lisa Ali from The Prosecco Parlour said: “Thursday evening will be a busy night in the Cathedral Quarter with the Derby Night Market happening nearby. “We wanted to give visitors another reason for visiting the Cathedral Quarter and the opportunity to help us raise a lot of money for Children in Need. “We have a fantastic community of businesses in The Strand and the Strand Arcade and everyone has been very keen to work together to bring additional stalls into their shops and organise a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy. “This collaborative work was one of the many aspects of the Cathedral Quarter that impressed the Great British High Street Award judges who visited us last week. “Thursday evening will also be a great opportunity to remind the public that they can vote for us to win the city centre location award with the free online vote closing at midnight on Friday November 18.”

The Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) is one of three locations vying for the city location category in the Great British High Street Awards - against Broadmead in Bristol and the Castle Arcade district of Norwich. The judges’ feedback will make up 50% of the score whilsthe other 50% will be decided by an online free of charge public vote at People can vote with multiple email addresses once a day for their choice. If successful, the Cathedral Quarter will win a cash prize of up to £10,000, dedicated support and mentoring from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to further boost social media skills.

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