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Clearmark Solutions hosts fundraising week


Packaging solutions provider Clearmark Solutions has hosted a fundraising week to raise money for the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. To raise the funds, the team completed marathons, climbed virtual mountains, sold baked goods and hosted a virtual gig. As a result of the activities, Clearmark’s target of £1,000 was surpassed to reach a total of £2,952. Kate Golding, head of


organisational giving at Rainbows, said: “We would like to thank everyone at Clearmark for raising such an incredible amount of money for Rainbows. We rely on donations to be able to care for poorly children and young people, particularly during this difficult time. Without the support of companies like Clearmark, we wouldn’t be able to open our doors.”


Wathall’s donates computers to charities


The me&dee lodge in Sherwood Forest will help families enjoy time together


Family-owned funeral director Wathall’s has donated 12 computers to local charities as part of the company’s community support programme. The organisations each


received £1,000 or equivalent goods and services with an offer of further support in the future. Helen Wathall MBE


(pictured), managing director at Wathall’s, said: “The increased need for us to communicate virtually under the current situation meant we needed to upgrade our own computer systems. We therefore wanted to take this opportunity to further support our charities by wiping all content from the old computers and putting them to good use in local communities.”


Donations help charity buy its ‘Forever Home’


Following two substantial donations, Derby-based charity me&dee has achieved its £150,000 target and purchased a lodge in the heart of Sherwood Forest for families to enjoy precious time together. The charity supports families and


children facing uncertain and life- limiting circumstances by providing memorable holidays to make the most of precious time. In July 2019, founder Maria Hanson MBE (pictured) launched the charity’s 20/20 vision project to purchase the Sherwood Hideaway lodge in Nottinghamshire. The pandemic has seen me&dee’s income drop by 70%. Maria and the charity’s board of directors feared the dream may never be achieved. However, two


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‘We are looking forward to picking up our existing business relationships and look for companies to partner with’


substantial donations have made it a reality. BNA, a charitable trust in


Nottinghamshire, donated funds to purchase the lounge area in the lodge. Then came news that £7,000 had been raised via a JustGiving fundraiser organised by 16-year-old Joseph Matin. Joseph is the son of Una, who was the sister of Delia (the ‘dee’ in me&dee). Sadly, Una recently lost her battle against cancer and had asked Joseph to raise funds for me&dee instead of flowers. Maria said: “We are over the


moon to have achieved our target


and now own our ‘Forever Home’. The generosity from our supporters has been overwhelming and we can’t thank everyone enough for making our dream a reality. We didn’t think this would be possible anymore but these final two amounts, as well as the hundreds of businesses and individuals that raised money over the nine-month period, have got us there. We couldn’t have done it without you all and would never have achieved our dream of me&dee’s hideaway. Thank you.” It costs around £400 for each holiday at the new Sherwood


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