17 January 2019

YMCA Derbyshire is thrilled to announce that it has been chosen as Elliot Mather LLP’s Charity of the Year for 2019.

Staff at the solicitors practice based on Friar Gate in Derby were inspired to support the charity, which works to empower young people across the city and county, after attending a Marketing Derby breakfast meeting at YMCA Derbyshire earlier this year. Both organisations are part of the wider ‘Bondholder’ community in the city, who work together to encourage Derby to support and attract investment.

The team at Elliot Mather LLP have already raised in excess of £750 for their chosen charity through members of its commercial team participating in the annual YMCA Derbyshire ‘Sleep Easy’ challenge in March 2018.

After braving a wet night sleeping rough at Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the Sleep Easy, Chelsie McGahan, Paralegal at Elliot Mather LLP, wanted to see if she and her colleagues could do more to support the vital work that YMCA Derbyshire do and it was decided that the team would take part in 2019 challenge events to raise funds.

Chelsie said: “We were truly inspired when we attended the YMCA London Campus last year, so choosing YMCA Derbyshire as our Charity of the Year was not a difficult decision. We are delighted to be able to support a charity which does so much for our local community and we are all looking forward to taking on new challenges to help raise funds”

The funds raised throughout the year will go directly to support YMCA Derbyshire’s Changing Lives programme, which ensures a safe place for local young people to live, learn, and make the transition to independent adulthood.

Sarah Crane, Fundraising and Communications Manager at YMCA Derbyshire, said: “We are honoured to announce our partnership with the lovely team at Elliot Mather LLP and are delighted that they’ve named us as their Charity of the Year. It is really heart-warming to see how staff have been inspired so far to raise funds for us. We are a Foyer learning and accommodation centre who invest in the talents of young people to further their opportunities. We believe that everyone has the talent and ability to create their own future. It’s great to see Elliot Mather LLP so onboard with the work that we do locally and we very much look forward to working with them over the coming year.”