The Maria Hanson Foundation
My name is Maria Hanson. I set up my charity in 2005, me&dee. Two caravans in Mablethorpe give families facing very short & uncertain futures a free holiday at the seaside, along with seriously injured military personnel.
I have won several prestigious business awards including Derby Telegraph and Midlands Business Awards, along with a Pride of Britain and an MBE for helping 2000 families in ten years.
As a charity we need to run both a business and a charitable organisation.
We put less than 10% to admin, rather than the accepted 27.5%.
We look for companies who wish to find a charity of the year based in Derby where they can see how every penny raised makes a difference, and work in partnership with us, along with companies who fund raise as part of their corporate social responsibility.
I love the Cathedral Quarter of Derby and the mix of old and new throughout the city. Regeneration, new building and build to rent properties all hail a great future and it is good to be part of that. We have a fabulous business community in Derby and I am proud to be part of that.
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