Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre
Re-opens in Skegness
The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre re-opened in Skegness today after a £80,000 refurbishment.
Skegness Video went along to capture the grand occasion.
The ceremony was introduced by the organizer, who firstly invited the Mayor of Skegness, Councilor Brian O’Connor to say a few words.
The Mayor of Skegness then invited the Mayor of Derby to offer a few words…
The current residents of the Holiday Centre were then introduced.
After giving us a (rather loud) cheer, they went on to do a very important job…
The above photo is of octogenarians Ken Hembury, 87 and Mable Baggulay,88. The couple attended the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Center in the 1920s. The were the VIPs of the day, being invited to cut the ribbon to officially open the Centre!
Then came the time for Mable and Ken to cut the ceremonial ribbon… a 3-2-1 countdown by the Skegness Mayor and…
…the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre was declared well and truly open!
Cheers and applause rang out from the spectators…
May the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre continue for a furthur hundred and fifteen years!
Company gives boost to holiday centre for disadvantaged children
A DERBY company has become the first to sponsor a bedroom at a centre that provides holidays for disadvantaged youngsters.
Earlier this month, the Derby Telegraph revealed that the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness was facing financial problems because of the credit crunch.
Every year the centre takes 450 seven to 13-year-olds from less-privileged Derbyshire homes to Skegness, where they are treated to days out, sports and activities at the seaside.
But donations in the first few months of the year have been halved and the charity’s board is concerned that if the trend continues it could be forced to mothball the centre next year.
Now staff at Robinsons Solicitors have handed over a cheque for £2,066, which will pay for half a dozen week-long breaks at the Lincolnshire resort.
The money will see the firm sponsor a six-bed room during the summer.
It will pay for the transport, food, admission charges, care, food and lodging of the children who will stay there on a holiday they would otherwise not be able to enjoy.
Staff at Robinsons nominated the centre as their chosen charity for 2008 and collected the money by selling off computer equipment as it was replaced and making donations instead of sending cards at Christmas.
Neil Barnes, managing partner at Robinsons, said: “This is the biggest charity donation Robinsons has ever made, which goes to show the high regard everyone has for the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.
“It is a fantastic charity which serves a simple, yet worthwhile, cause – the need to give every child the opportunity to have fun at the seaside.
“We hope that the six youngsters have a holiday to remember and wish the centre every success in raising enough money to allow it to reopen next year.”
Following the Telegraph’s article, donations have started to come in and charity chairman Bill Tomlinson is delighted.
He said: “Raising public awareness has helped tremendously.
“But we still want to try to find people or companies who are willing to commit themselves to long-term sponsorship.
“The centre, which costs £150,000 a year to run, needs the reassurance that it will be viable year after year and that can only be gained by regular funding.”
The centre has been running for 118 years and is entirely dependent on donations.
Mr Tomlinson said: “We have a long way to go in terms of preserving this year’s programme and raising enough money to open in 2010 but this is a substantial donation which will send us on our way.”
For more information about donations contact Mr Tomlinson on 07778 394415.
Photo: Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre Scarbrough Avenue Skegness.