Friday, 30 May 2014

Charity of the Year!

Welcome to the all new Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team blog!

The purpose of this new venture is to keep you all updated on a more regular basis on our current work, schemes and plans.  Feel free to comment with your ideas and thoughts, either on here or on our Facebook or Twitter sites.  If you’re not following us on social media yet, find us on @dast24 (Twitter) or search for us on Facebook.

Most posts will be written by me, Sarah, the Funding Development Worker, so there may be a bias towards our fundraising ventures.  However I hope that Natalie will be able to share the occasional case study with you and that Joanne will pass on information on our campaigns and events.

At the forefront of my work at present is a partnership with Nottingham City Homes, who have kindly made us their Charity of the Year.  We will benefit from all of the staff fundraising initiatives over 2014 and our special thanks go to the trade union representatives there (Neal and Mark) who have worked hard to make this happen for us.

We have also been a Waitrose Charity of the month twice this year, once in Buxton and once in Ashbourne.  Here’s me collecting a cheque from a store manager.

A bag pack in a Derby Sainsbury’s also yielded a great donation for us.

Earlier this year we received a donation from The Caterillar Cares Society on recommendation from one of their employees. And of course we must mention our panel of Solicitors, who are always glad to help with our funding needs (Thompsons, Graysons and O H Parsons).

Please have a little think now.  Do you know or work for any companies that might possibly adopt us on your recommendation?  Please ask…perhaps your company will match funds raised during a sponsored event, or let you out to volunteer for us for a day.  We can write proposals for you or make presentations…talk to us!  The best way to get hold of me is through my email address –

Don’t forget to send us your fundraising photographs too, so we can put them on our social media and in our publications.  We look forward to hearing from you!