Council staff raise £5,000 for charity

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Charity–loving council staff have been at the top of their game this year, having raised more than £5,000 for a variety of worthy causes.

Derbyshire Dales District Council staff managed to drum up the cash by throwing themselves into various fund–raising events.

Earlier in the year leisure staff organised Sport Relief events in both Wirksworth and Ashbourne that brought in £4,000 for the cause.

A Jeans for Genes Day in October raised £200 for children and families with genetic disorders, and in November revenues staff organised a cake sale and raffle that raised £380 for Children in Need and the Barth Syndrome Trust.

Meanwhile, revenues assistant Lorrain Brown, whose son Jamie serves with the Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), has been supported by colleagues in helping to raise hundreds of pounds for the regiment in 2012 with a variety of fund–raising events.

An Olympics–themed Christmas grotto in the Payroll Office at Matlock Town Hall, which raised £400 for Matlock Food Bank, was the final fund–raiser organised by district council employees in 2012.

Derbyshire Dales District Council chief executive Dorcas Bunton said: “In challenging and busy times I have nothing but admiration for the work staff do in their own time to raise money for worthy causes.

“The fund–raising ethos here is terrific and the enthusiasm that goes into baking cakes, donating prizes and buying raffle tickets is simply amazing.”