Derby Telegraph today published an article about the invaluable support Derby Women’s Centre has received from its patrons, as local businesswoman Parween Warsi CBE added her voice to the campaign to save the centre from Derby City Council’s funding cuts.
In a statement, Mrs. Warsi said:
I am deeply saddened to hear that Derby City Council has proposed to cut the funding of Derby Women’s Centre, which plays a vital role in supporting vulnerable women in Derby.
I became a patron of the centre in March 2011 after learning more about its work at an International Women’s Day event in Derby. I was impressed by the centre’s commitment to helping all women, regardless of their situation and background.
I worked extremely hard to build a successful business, but it is thanks to help from family and friends that I was able to do so. We all need support and stability, and for many women in Derby it’s the women’s centre that they turn to for help and guidance.
The women’s centre has been a Derby institution since 1978 and it would be a tragedy not just for women, but for the whole city if it were to close down.
Mrs. Warsi is one of Britain’s most successful businesswomen. She moved to the UK from India in 1975 with her husband and son, and settled in Derby, where she founded S&A Foods. The company has a factory in Shaftsbury Road in Derby.