Safe and Sound

30 Days of Giving finale

Thirty local charities gathered at Bondholder Smith Partnership's offices recently to celebrate the receipt of their donation from Mercia Image Print’s 30 Days of Giving Campaign.

Over the month of June, Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print pledged to raise £30,000 in 30 days, to give to 30 local charities, and with a final push following the Gala Dinner held at Bondholder Pattonair's County Ground, she managed to reach her goal.

Megan Patrick from fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust, who received £5,000 from the fund, said “When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, then when Amanda decided she would go for £30,000 in 30 days we thought it was a tall order – but we did it!!”

Amanda commented “With the support of the local business community we did it! I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute”

Some of the local Bondholder charities that benefited form the 30 Days of Giving campaign were Derby County Community Trust, Treetops Hospice Care, Padley Group, Derby Museum, Derby QUAD, YMCA Derbyshire, Safe & Sound, Me & Dee, TwentyTwenty, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, Deda, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, Artcore, Derby City Mission and NWG.

When asked whether Amanda would consider making this an annual fund raising event, she said “I think it has proven to be such a success that it could definitely be an annual campaign, but perhaps I should let someone else run it next year!"

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Charity's flying start

Bondholder Safe and Sound's fundraising appeal is off to a flying start thanks to a recycling initiative spearheaded by a local business.

Safe and Sound recently launched the Butterfly Appeal to raise funds needed to expand its work to transform the lives of children and young people in the county who are victims of, or at risk of, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

One of the businesses who immediately signed up to back the appeal was fellow Bondholder Century Mobile. The company is collecting old mobile phone handsets which are then recycled and all money collected is donated to the Appeal.

Century Mobile has already collected unwanted handsets from Bondholders HUUB and Derby County Football Club - raising £200 for the appeal.

Century Mobile Managing Director, Scott Harrhy said: “As a business committed to supporting local communities and as the father of young children, I was determined to do all that I could to support Safe and Sound.

“We are grateful to both HUUB and DCFC for helping us to get this off the ground and will be spreading the word with all of our customers to support this appeal.”

Safe and Sound CEO, Tracy Harrison said: “We are very grateful to Century Mobile for quickly turning awareness about CSE into tangible action and for their customers who have already supported the mobile phone recycling initiative."

To recycle your old phones to raise money for Safe and Sound, please telephone 01332 362120 to arrange collection.

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The Big Lock Up

Lindsey Hatfield, Marketing Derby's Commercial Development Manager, is taking part in the "Big Lock Up" to help raise money for the Mayor's five chosen charities; including Bondholders Safe and Sound, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre and Derby Museums.

She will be one of 12 'inmates' - along with The Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby - to face a mock 'arrest' by Peter Ireson, head of culture and business development at Bondholder Derby LIVE, and Pete Meakin, culture development manager, at their place of work on Friday 20 April.

The motley crew will be charged with a whole host of ‘misdemeanours’ - from crimes against fashion and aggravated assault on dress codes, to cattle rustling, laundering chocolate coins and stalking Gregg’s cheese and onion pasties.

Lindsey commented: " 3 of the Mayors charities are Bondholders which is why I would like to show my support. As well as being a huge supporter of these charities, that do great things in  supporting vulnerable children and families in our city, I would also like to thank them for being supporters of Marketing Derby. I'm not sure I am as  villainous as the rest of the convicts though, whats wrong with a little mischief and misdemeanour?"

After the inmates have been rounded-up by Peter and Pete – who will be playing the role of ‘Ant and Dec’ for the event – they’ll be transferred to the cells at Riverside Chambers, where they’ll be forced to undertake a series of tasks to earn food rations and treats.

Their colleagues and members of the public will be asked to make a small donation to vote for the individual they’d most like to see locked up and make further donations to view the footage of the inmates doing their time in the cells. The more money that’s raised, the longer the individuals will stay in the cells.

Speaking about ‘Derby’s Big Lock Up’, the Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, said: "It's terrific to see so many partners getting involved with our fundraising efforts for my fantastic charities.

“I'd like to thank all those who have given up their valuable time and freedom to participate in this innovative and exciting initiative. Special thanks goes to Ann Bhatti and the team at Connect Derby for organising the event and allowing us to use the former police cells at Riverside Chambers.
 
"I'd like to urge everyone from the business community to dig deep in support of the Big Lockup and to help me further exceed our fundraising target of £25,000 for my year in office.”

Festive Fool

Bondholder Safe and Sound is appealing to its supporters to become a Festive Fool to help raise money for the charity.

Individuals, teams or entire workforces can sign up for the sponsored challenge being run by Safe and Sound to wear a festive outfit during the charity’s Festive Fool week.

Last year, Safe and Sound’s Marketing and Development Manager Rhiannon Hulse dressed up in different festive costumes all day, every day, between December 1st and Christmas Eve.

The money raised helped one young person this year to receive the full support they needed to Move to Safety following abuse.

Rhiannon said the goal this year was to raise £2,500 during Festive Fool week, which runs from December 11th to 15th 2017.

Rhiannon said: “‘Festive costume could be a classic elf or Santa outfit, a character from a festive film or song or something completely unique, it’s all up to you and your interpretation of foolish.

“Challenge yourself or your team to do it for one whole day or if you’re a big festive fool, the whole week.

“While we have designated 11-15th December as Festive Fool Week you can choose any day or week in December for your festive foolishness.

“We find sponsors will likely donate more the longer you play the Festive Fool for, the funnier places you have your picture taken in, the more pictures you post online, and generally the more foolish you look.

“To get your Festive Fool fun underway we can help you set up a JustGiving page so you can gather your donations quickly and easily.”

For more information visit: http://safeandsoundgroup.org.uk/festivefool/

Safe and Sound Support

This week Bondholders gathered at fellow Bondholder the University of Derby to hear the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Peter Goodman, and Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, speak about the important work of Bondholder charity Safe and Sound in helping to tackle child sexual exploitation across the city and county.

Peter Goodman talked about his time working on Operation Retriever, which saw 27 young people safeguarded and 14 people in the region arrested and charged with a variety of offences. He went on to explain how the Force is working with Safe and Sound to continue protecting young people from these crimes.

"It was Safe and Sound that made us truly aware of what was going on in the city and with this intelligence Operation Retriever was launched. Without this operation we could have been another city that was considered to have been ignoring what was happening to vulnerable young people in our region, but because of Safe and Sound and the operation we were able to make a difference.” 

As well as hearing from the Chief Constable attendees watched a video produced by the charity where young people spoke about their experiences of sexual exploitation and the effect it has had on them.

The Mayor talked about his background as a foster carer, why he is supporting Safe and Sound, and surprised the organisation by presenting them with a cheque for £2,000.

Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive of Safe and Sound, said “The event has given us a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation, as well as hopefully increasing support for our work. As a charity we rely on grants and donations from the public to help us provide vital support to victims of this form of child sexual abuse. If we have helped one person to recognise and respond to a child at risk or made someone commit to helping us to raise money, then the event has been a success.”

“I’d like to thank the Chief Constable and the Mayor of Derby for coming along to speak today, their input was invaluable. The donation presented by the Mayor was a lovely surprise, and really will help us to continue to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. I’d also like to say a big thank you to Century Mobile, the University of Derby and Cactus Images for supporting the event.” 

Bondholders set to Fundraise at Ramathon

A number of Bondholders are set to compete in this year's Ramathon, organised by Bondholder RunDerby, to help fundraise for fellow Bondholder Safe and Sound.

Bondholders in the Safe and Sound team include Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive of Safe and Sound; Anthony Lomas, Partner at BB&J; Claire Tonks, Partner at Flint Bishop LLP; and Sean Price, Director at RDS Global.

When asked why she was fundraising for Safe and Sound, Claire Tonks said: “I have decided to run my first half marathon, (much to the surprise of my three boys – “you’re quite old mum to run that far.”) to help raise funds and awareness for Safe & Sound.

"Having a teenager myself and working with schools and colleges, it is impossible not to be aware of the dangers to our children in the digital world. Safe and Sound is a fantastic, local charity providing specialist support to children and young people affected by sexual exploitation.

The race is also sponsored by fellow Bondholder Dains