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30 Charities receive donations from Mercia Print charity

Thirty local charities gathered at the Smith Partnership offices to celebrate the receipt of their donation from Mercia Image Print’s 30 Days of Giving Campaign. Founded by entrepreneur and business owner Amanda Strong, to commemorate Mercia’s 30 years in business, the 30 Days of Giving Campaign brought together the whole Derby business community, during the thirty days of June, to raise £30,000 for 30 charities.

With donations ranging from £200 to £5,000 all the charities benefitted and were delighted with the support and generosity.

Megan Patrick, from Derby County Community Trust, who received £5,000 from the fund, admitted

“When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, when Amanda decided we would go for £30,000 in 30 days we thought it was a tall order – but we did it!!”

Amanda commented “Yes, 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”

At the end of the Gala Dinner, the fund had raised over £28,000 but local business man, Pete Ellse from Cosy Direct, pledged a final figure to take the sum over the incredible £30,000 milestone.

Representatives, from the 30 charities who benefitted, attended the cheque presentation at the Smith Partnership offices:

Derby County Community Trust, Treetops Hospice Care, Children First Derby, Breakfast Club, Big C Little C, Sight Support Derbyshire, First Steps ED, Padley Group, Furthest from the Sea, Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, Derby Museum, Derby QUAD, YMCA Derbyshire, Safe & Sound, Me & Dee, Derby Mountain Rescue Team, Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, Annabel's Angels, TwentyTwenty, Head High, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, Every Cloud, DEDA, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, Artcore, Derby City Mission, Women's Work (Derbyshire) Ltd, NWG, Rainbows, C.A.L.M

When asked whether Amanda would consider making this an annual fund raising event, you could see a paleness appear!

“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.

For more information on 30 Days of Giving or Mercia Image, please contact amandastrong@merciaimage.co.uk 01332 830552

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