We’re one of Mayor of Derby’s charities of the year

On Monday we hosted the Mayor and Mayoress of Derby to explain more about how we support children at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse across Derbyshire and hear their thoughts on how they can help us to raise profile and funds for us as one of the Mayor’s charities of the year.

It was great to hear how passionate the couple are about the welfare of young people; the Mayor is the Chair of the Children and Young People’s scrutiny board and the Mayoress is a headteacher. They have also fostered 20 children over the last sixteen years.

Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby said: “I am Derby City Council’s Safeguarding Champion and I take that role very seriously. I hear and have heard, so much about Safe & Sound from so many professionals and it is always good! Anyone that helps us fight child sexual exploitation is an asset and the reputation of Safe & Sound made choosing them as one of my charities very easy.”

We are grateful to have such high profile support and know it will help in raising public awareness of child sexual exploitation across the city as well as vital funds to enable us to continue supporting young people that have already been affected.

Our Chief Executive Nathalie Walters said: “The Mayor and Mayoress’s support is fantastic for Safe and Sound. As a small charity we are always subject to serious funding pressures. The funds that the Mayor hopes to raise for us could provide individual one-to-one support sessions for a number of young people, for as long as they require it, helping them to move forwards with their lives following sexual exploitation and abuse.”

We are looking forward to joining the fundraising committee next month where we will assist the Mayor’s team in planning a series of fundraising events, with current plans including a quiz at Derby Museum and the Mayor competing in the Derby 10k in April 2018.

(Pictured left to right: Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive; Marc Stevens, Services Manager, Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby; Mayoress of Derby, Juliette Whitby; Rhiannon Hulse, Marketing and Development Manager).

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