Mystery donation boosts fundraising appeal to £979

DWC has raised £979 in a recent fundraising appeal for counselling – £179 over the £800 target – thanks to an anonymous donation of £500 from a lady who used to have counselling at the centre. A huge thank you to all who donated, whatever the amount!

Rose Williams, communications officer, who received the mystery donation, said: “I was opening the mail, as usual, when out of one of the letters fell a £500 charity cheque with a note attached, it was quite a surprise! In the note, the benefactor explained that they had been following the news of Derby Women’s Centre’s funding difficulties and wanted to help, though they wanted their name to be kept anonymous.”

The news comes after Derby City Council’s cabinet confirmed our funding would be cut. We are currently trying to secure alternative sources of funding through other funding bodies, income generation, and donations from the public.

Chief executive, Yasmin Nazir said: “Of course we are disappointed with the council’s decision, but the level of support we’ve had from the public is a positive sign for the future. On behalf of all staff, volunteers and women who come to the centre I would like to say a big thank you to all of those who donated to our fundraising appeal.”

The money will be used to continue to provide a low-cost counselling service to women in Derby. The service is currently oversubscribed and the money will help to bring in more counsellors and offer appointments to more women. You can still donate to the Centre if you’d like to help us further.