Sunday, July 3, 2022

Businesses get behind birthday boxes

Businesswomen in Derby have joined forces to make sure underprivileged and vulnerable children in the city will be able to celebrate their birthdays.

Birthday boxes were the brainchild of Smith Partnership Solicitor partner Claire Twells. Through her charitable work, Claire was told of cases of children who do not receive gifts because of great difficulties in their home life.

She said: “Some children are living with guardians or carers and all of their resources go to putting food on the table. This means children, who have already had really tough, often violent, lives are having to miss out on birthday celebrations.

“I thought it would be a good idea to try to get a box of small gifts to a boy and girl from needy families every month. The boxes contain cake, candle, balloon, gift, socks, pants, pyjamas, colouring pens and colouring books. Also, we are seeking educational toys and games.

“I am on the board of Derby’s Finest which is a growing group of Derby businesswomen and they were keen to get behind the Birthday Box concept too. Now other companies have lined up to help, including Smith Partnership, Project D, Evad, EMA Training and I have spoken to individuals who are also keen.

“The project has grown well beyond my expectations – we have a request for over 30 boxes with that number rising daily. Therefore, it would be great if we could garner help from other business leaders – particularly, the ones who are doing well during this horrible pandemic.”

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