The first Derby’s Finest event took place at Derby College’s Engine Shed Restaurant at the Roundhouse in Pride Park. Founded by our very own Amanda Strong, Bev Crighton from the University of Derby, April Hayhurst from Derby College and Claire Twells from Smith Partnership Solicitors, the group aims to celebrate and support women who make a positive contribution to the city, whilst raising finds for chosen charities.
Approximately 50, Derby’s Finest women in business, supported the inaugural event and raised in excess of £300 for Prostate Cancer UK with the aim to grow that amount considerably over the coming year.
Claire Twells explained: “Our aim is to make Derby’s Finest a group that celebrates, inspires, encourages and supports women from across our local community.
“We were delighted with the response to the inaugural event and now want to widen the focus to bring together women from all walks of life in a wide range of roles.
“This diversity reflects the multi-facets to women’s lives from at work, home and leisure with the commonality that we all make a difference to our local communities in many different ways.”
April Hayhurst continued: “There are so many unsung heroines in our city and our pledge is to seek these women out, recognise their value and to celebrate their outstanding support and selfless contributions that have had an impact on people’s lives – whether that is to an individual, a business, an organisation or a community.
“The committee are looking for other women who can help make a difference. As an organised force, Derby’s Finest can set out to change some of the areas of need and develop a support network to share the vast and varied wealth of knowledge and skills to promote females in all walks of life.”
Amanda Strong added: “We can all benefit from a strong support network but it is particularly important that we work together to inspire and encourage the future generation of females to believe that they can achieve and thrive as an equal in all areas of society.”
Bev Crighton concluded: “We felt it was important to adopt a charity as part of Derby’s Finest work and chose Prostate Cancer UK which affects thousands of men every year.
“This not only supports a charity that benefits the men in our lives but it is also in recognition that it is often women who encourage them to face their health fears and to see their GPs.”
With lots more events planned throughout the year Derby’s Finest looks set to become a driving force in Derby and should easily achieve their target to raise thousands for worthwhile charities.
The next event will be on Wednesday the 12th of July 2017 at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match between England and New Zealand at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
For more information please contact Amanda Strong and register your interest/ support.
Credit to ACJ Media for the photos.