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Over 15,000 turn out for spectacular Darley Park Weekender

With pop and classical superstars as well as a guest appearance by everyone’s favourite panto Dame, Morgan Brind, Derby LIVE are celebrating another successful Darley Park weekender event. Across the three-day music extravaganza more than 15,000 were wowed by household names such as Peter Andre, Martin Kemp, Sinfonia Viva and others.

Businesses urged to give the gift of Hope to families facing uncertain futures to record last messages

Businesses are being urged to give families the gift of ‘Hope’ in a new charity partnership spearheaded by a leading Derby PR agency.

The me&dee charity has launched a new sponsorship scheme allowing businesses to give families ‘Hope’ – a special keepsake elephant with a voice recorder in the zip-up pouch contained in its ear, which has been used by hundreds of families to record poignant last messages of loved ones, often children.

Star Trust Announces Next Round of Grant Support

Leading East Midlands charity, Star Trust, is now accepting bids from East Midlands charities to support the life-changing work they do in local communities.

Star Trust is run by local business owners and entrepreneurs and supports good causes in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Since its launch ten years ago, Star Trust has supported 106 charities with a total of £798,763k and directly touched the lives of over 56,000 people in the East Midlands area.

Timms Solicitors Further Invest In Young Talent

Timms Solicitors have promoted Family Law paralegal, Leah Pilling who will take up a contract as a trainee solicitor on 4th September 2023.

Leah is a first-class honours Law graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University and is combining work at Timms with studying for the Legal Practicing Certificate (LPC) and a Masters degree.

Award-winning creative leader shares top tips to families poised to give children their first mobile phone

The head of an award-winning Derbyshire creative agency has shared top tips to families preparing to give children their first mobile phone at the start of the Autumn term.

With 91 per cent of UK 11-year-olds owning their own smart phone, the start of the new academic year is a time when millions of UK families will be giving children their first mobile device.

Young people going up to secondary education will very often be boarding a school bus for the first time, and parents often see this as a time when they should have their own phone.

New volunteering team lead at Safe and Sound


Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has appointed a new team lead to support and grow the organisation’s growing group of volunteers.

Rach Bricknell joins Safe and Sound from a children’s charity where she both volunteered her time and worked on fundraising and events having previously set up her own candle making business and worked in a variety of accounting, business administration and retail roles.

Derbyshire children’s happy holiday faces inspire legal firm in £2,500 donation to much-loved charity

A LAW firm office manager based in the heart of Derby was so touched by seeing joyful children returning from holiday that she nominated the charity that provides their seaside trips to receive a donation from her firm’s charity fund.

East Midlands law firm Rotheras Solicitors LLP, whose Derby office is based on Amen Alley next to Derby Cathedral, has made a donation of £2,500 to the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

Safe and Sound Appointed To Progress Family-Focused Programme

Specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound has been appointed to deliver a special programme that aims to strengthen family relationships and reduce the number of young people going into local authority care in Derby City.

The charity has worked closely with Derby City Council to deliver a pilot Family Group Conference programme in the city which is the first in the Midlands and was part of a competitive tendering process to determine its future delivery.