Staff at the solicitors practice based on Friar Gate in Derby were inspired to support the charity, which works to empower young people across the city and county, after attending a Marketing Derby breakfast meeting at YMCA Derbyshire in 2018.
The team at Elliot Mather LLP has already raised in excess of £750 for its chosen charity through members of its commercial team participating in the annual YMCA Derbyshire ‘Sleep Easy’ challenge in March 2018.
After braving a wet night sleeping in the elements at Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the Sleep Easy, Chelsie McGahan, Paralegal at Elliot Mather LLP, wanted to see if she and her colleagues could do more to support the vital work that YMCA Derbyshire do and it was decided that the team would take part in 2019 challenge events to raise funds.
Chelsie said: “We were truly inspired when we attended the YMCA London Road Campus last year, so choosing YMCA Derbyshire as our Charity of the Year was not a difficult decision. We are delighted to be able to support a charity which does so much for our local community and we are all looking forward to taking on new challenges to help raise funds”
The funds raised throughout the year will go directly to support YMCA Derbyshire’s Changing Lives programme, which ensures a safe place for local young people to live, learn, and make the transition to independent adulthood.
Sarah Crane, Fundraising and Communications Manager at YMCA Derbyshire, said: "We are delighted that Elliot Mather LLP has named us as its Charity of the Year. It is really heart-warming to see how staff have been inspired so far to raise funds for us. We are a Foyer learning and accommodation centre who invest in the talents of young people to further their opportunities. We believe that everyone has the talent and ability to create their own future. It’s great to see Elliot Mather LLP so on-board with the work that we do locally and we very much look forward to working with them over the coming year.”