MEMBER NEWS DNS gives its backing to Me&Dee

Derby-based managed services provider Document Network Services (DNS) has adopted fellow Chamber member Me&Dee as its official charity partner. Although DNS, which provides managed document, IT, telecoms and print services, has regularly donated to various charitable causes over the years, it has never aligned itself to one particular charity. However, during a chance

meeting with Me&Dee Founder Maria Hanson, DNS’ Managing Director Darren Marsh heard its story and offered to lend his support on the spot. He said: “As soon as I heard

about Me&Dee, its cause and outlook really struck a chord. Not for any personal reason, but because the work it does is wonderful and it’s easy to see what a huge difference it makes to people at such a crucial time. “They provide holidays to allow

families affected by life-changing and limiting illnesses to temporarily escape and make special memories together during what could otherwise be their darkest days. “On top of that, the small team

behind the charity are such brilliant, genuine people and they’ve got great ambition with plans to support more and more families when they need it most. It’s a privilege to be able to help.” Me&Dee has two caravans by

the sea in Mablethorpe, but its ambition for next year – called its ‘20/20 Vision’ – is to add another property to enable it to offer more holidays to families hit by terminal illness.

‘As soon as I heard about Me&Dee, its cause and outlook really struck a chord’

The third property will be more

local – a forest lodge with a hot tub – providing much needed short breaks for families who desperately need time together but may also have to get to a hospital or hospice quickly. The plot is secured, the plans

are drawn up, but Me&Dee needs to raise £150,000 to make this a reality. As an ambitious, forward-

thinking company, DNS was only too happy to help make this vision a reality.

While many businesses and individuals help Me&Dee by making welcome regular or one- off donations, Darren wanted to take a different approach. “We could have set up a

standing order, which I’m sure Me&Dee would have been very grateful of, but we want to do more than that,” he continued. “We want to connect on a more personal level with every member of our team being involved.” To officially mark the start of the relationship, DNS presented

Maria with a new Microsoft Surface Pro. Maria works tirelessly for the charity, unwaged, but, as a result of illness, struggles to carry heavy laptops to meetings. Darren was happy to help out by donating the laptop as well as offering ongoing IT support, too. “I’m absolutely delighted with

such a generous gesture,” said Maria. “It really will make a big

difference to the way I work day- to-day, and knowing I can call and have technical help on the end of the phone too is the icing on the cake. It’s going to make life so much easier.”

Tidyco builds upon its toolbox challenge

Hydraulic and pneumatic components supplier Tidyco has donated 100 toolboxes to a local school to help encourage pupils to consider a career in engineering. The Derby-based firm launched

its Toolbox Challenge in January, an initiative devised and conceptualised by Production Director Philip Mason to bring practical engineering back to the curriculum for secondary schools across the city. Local firms Eggleston Steel, GGS

and Pugh & Sanders were instrumental in supporting the project by supplying free materials and services to help get the project up and running. Now, Tidyco’s board of directors

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has agreed to sponsor Littleover Community School, which has subsequently received a batch of materials to make one hundred toolboxes. These will help pupils to learn

practical engineering skills by manufacturing a metal toolbox, which they can take home when the box is completed. Mr Mason said: “This has been an

exciting project and is a subject which is very close to my heart. I would like to thank all participants for their support and praise Littleover Community School for agreeing to pilot the scheme.” Philip plans to expand the Tidyco

Tidyco Production Director Philip Mason showcasing the Toolbox Challenge

Toolbox Challenge to more schools in Derby.

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