22 January 2021

High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Tony Walker, is raising funds for YMCA Derbyshire during his virtual legal service this month.

Tony named YMCA Derbyshire as one of his chosen charities for his year in office. Due to the current climate, planned fundraising events for YMCA were unfortunately cancelled, but this has not stopped Tony from doing his utmost to raise funds for causes close to his heart.

The legal service is usually held at Derby Cathedral and attended by over 400 people. Its purpose is to give thanks for our freedom, the Queen’s peace and our national heritage. This year, the service will also take the opportunity to respect, recognise and give thanks for those involved in the front line fighting of the pandemic. There will be contributions from the NHS, Care Sector, Police and Judiciary.

To see the service, which will be premiered at 2:30pm on Sunday 31st January on the Derby Cathedral YouTube page and will be available thereafter, follow this link: bit.ly/derbycathedral

As there can be no collection at the virtual service Tony is asking  attendees  to consider donating to his  chosen charity YMCA Derbyshire through Virgin Giving online at this address – www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/High-Sheriff-Derbyshire-Legal-Service

YMCA Derbyshire provides a safe place to stay for over 300 young people a year who have unfortunately found themselves without a place to live.

The main campus accommodation on London Road in Derby has 87 bed spaces and each resident has access to emotional, mental and physical support 24/7. There are a further 106 units of accommodation across the city and county with a mixture of self-contained and shared flats/houses.

Support services include a whole host of health and wellbeing activities to get homeless young people active and engaged, including dedicated volunteering programmes and work-based learning.

YMCA Key College, the education arm of the charity, provides a range of accredited vocational training courses for young people aged 16-19.

For his year in office, Tony’s theme has been to try and help local people, with a concentration on young people. He said:

“I want to help those who are for some reason having a tough time. The aim is to enable them to fulfil their potential, grow as individuals, be contributing members of society and have a good quality of life. YMCA Derbyshire is a charity that is very close to my heart.  I see first hand the work they do to support young people most in need and I am delighted to choose them as one of my chosen charities for my year in office. If I can make a small difference, I will feel it has been a worthwhile year”. 

Gillian Sewell, CEO of YMCA Derbyshire said:

“We are extremely grateful to the High Sherriff, who has supported our organisation in so many ways over many years.

It is an honour to have been chosen as one of his charities of choice. Our young people need support now more than ever. The funds raised through the virtual legal service will not only help us to continue to provide the vital additional support our young people need to move forward it sends a clear message as to how valued they are.”