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Lubrizol staff help give Christmas toys to children from struggling families


Employees from science company Lubrizol have turned Christmas elf by helping struggling families with toys to put under the tree this year with Children First Derby.

Staff at the company, based at Hazelwood near Belper, took themselves down to the shops to buy presents for families helped by Children First Derby.

Kind-hearted Lubrizol employees bought presents ranging from Lego sets to books and dolls, to help families who are having a tough time amid the cost-of-living crisis.

Rachel Ollier, Bethany Sims, Silvana Miele, Tom Grazier, Tracy Thompson, Nathan Sawyer, Gareth Hickinbotham and Claire Hollingshurst, from Lubrizol’s charities and communities committee

Children First Derby supports vulnerable children, young people and families through a range of services including family support and mentoring.

Claire Hollingshurst, from Lubrizol’s charities and communities committee which organised the toy collection for Children First Derby, said: “It’s very important to us at Lubrizol that we support the local community and at Christmas time it seemed appropriate to be donating toys so that families can enjoy the festive season, at a time when it has been hard for many. We’re delighted to be able to support Children First’s appeal.”

Not only did employees at Lubrizol donate toys for the appeal, locally based 1st Sitwell Scout Group and Ignis Explorers also collected toys and donated them too.

Louise Webb, fundraising co-ordinator at Children First Derby, said: “We have children and families that are really struggling this year, companies like Lubrizol have made it possible for children first to be able to give gifts to families for Christmas and this has taken the stress and pressure away from struggling families at such a stressful time.

“Many children that would not have received gifts this year will now be smiling on Christmas morning. Everyone at Children First Derby would like to thank all the staff at Lubrizol who contributed in helping support our families this year.”

This story was written and shared on behalf of Lubrizol by Lucy Stephens. Can we share your news and get you in the headlines too? Find out how we can help by getting in touch. 

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