Derwent Living brings festive cheer to local Charities

Derby-based housing provider Derwent Living has donated nearly £4,000 to four local charities thanks to savings made through Efficiency East Midlands (EEM).

Non-profit organisation EEM offers efficiency savings for businesses like Derwent Living, which chose to donate the cash to four worthy causes chosen by its staff members.

Shelter, Swap Tears for Smiles, The Padley Group and The Hope Centre will all receive a share of the £3,871 saved by the housing provider through EEM.

Mitchell Allseybrook, resident involvement manager at Derwent Living, said:

“Contributing to the communities in which we work is something we strive to do at Derwent Living, and we wanted to use this money to help make a difference to a number of housing and support-related charities in the Derby area.

“We decided to let Derwent Living staff decide how the money would be split between the charities with a vote; the more votes a charity received, the higher the donation it has been given.

“We are thrilled that are we able to make these donations to such worthy causes.”

Swap Tears for Smiles have been given £1,308.98, The Padley Group received £1,163.41 and £799.68 went to Shelter. The Hope Centre has been given £468.93, along with a food donation from Derwent Living staff.

This year the festive donation was hand delivered by customer services manager, Maxine Swords, who was given a crash course in how to make up a food parcel by volunteer food bank co-ordinator Phil Shaw.

Maxine took more than 200 items including tinned fruit and vegetables, tea and long-life milk to the centre, all of which will go to low-income people in the Derby area.

Director of community development at the centre, Paul Brookhouse said:

“We are really excited to be getting another donation from Derwent Living.

“We’ve seen a steady rise in the number of people needing help over the last few years, and regular food and money donations create lots of food parcels for those in need over the festive period and just as importantly into 2016.”