MD of Derby creative agency joins me&dee board

me&dee Charity has appointed a new member to its Board of Trustees.

Craig Barker, Managing Director of Koobr, a creative agency based on Friar Gate in Derby, joins the board following many years of involvement.

Koobr has long supported the charity and became a Platinum Sponsor last year. To further this, the agency is increasing its support and is also becoming the charity’s first ever Diamond Sponsor.

Craig said: “Part of our mission statement at Koobr is to make a positive difference to the Koobr team, to our customers and to the wider community. Working with me&dee is part of this and long may it continue. We’ve been an avid supporter of Maria and the charity for many years, and as we’ve grown as a business, we’ve made sure that our support of the charity has too.

“I am proud and honoured to have been invited to join the Board of Trustees and I look forward to helping the charity continue to go from strength to strength. I’m going to do all that I can to encourage other businesses to consider ways that they can become involved in the charity – packages start from as little as £20 a month so it really is easy to get involved. For Koobr, this support is a no-brainer and we encourage all businesses to get involved in some way. Anyone can give something, anyone can make a difference!”

me&dee Charity was founded by Maria Hanson MBE in 2006. It supports families and children facing uncertain and life-limiting circumstances, providing special holidays to create memories and make the most of the precious time they have left together.

Last year, the charity launched its 20/20 vision fundraising campaign, aiming to raise £150,000 to purchase a new purpose-built lodge in the Sherwood Forest for the families it supports. To contribute, people can purchase “squares” which range in price from £50 to £200.

Maria said: “Having known Craig for nine years, and recognised through his support to my charity his ethos, empathy and passion, along with the knowledge gained of how he runs his business through this time, I felt that he had a perfect fit for our vacant trustee role. We will benefit from his wide experience and good standing in the business community, and the opportunities that he can offer as part of our team.”

Next month, a team from Koobr will be taking to the streets of Derby to run the Derby 10k, with all funds raised going to me&dee.