Company staff make Easter egg-stra special for vulnerable Derbyshire children 

Vulnerable children supported by a highly valued Derby charity have been given a sweet treat this Easter with the donation of a huge pile of chocolate eggs. 

Staff at Lubrizol’s UK headquarters in Derbyshire dug deep by answering a call from local charity Children First Derby for companies to donate Easter eggs for youngsters who may not have many treats in their lives. 

Lubrizol was one of several companies to have responded, with its staff going out and buying a grand total of 92 eggs that were handed over to grateful leaders of the charity, destined for youngsters who may not receive the traditional chocolate treat that millions of other youngsters do. 

Claire Hollingshurst, from Lubrizol’s charities and communities committee, said: “Colleagues at Lubrizol are always so generous when it comes to giving up their time for others or donating to great causes like this one. It was brilliant to be able to hand over a grand total of 92 Easter eggs to young people who are being supported by Children First Derby – an amazing charity that I know does so much for families in this area. 

“Many families may take it for granted that their children can have an Easter egg at this time of year but not every young person is so lucky. I hope that the eggs donated by Lubrizol and other local companies are enjoyed by all those children who receive one.” 

Children First Derby, which turns 50 next year, is a Derby charity that works with vulnerable children, young people and their families to make a positive impact in their lives and the local community. 

Louise Webb, fundraising co-ordinator for the charity, said that the Easter eggs donated by Lubrizol and other companies would be highly appreciated by children who are being supported its three services: family support; mentoring and supervised contact for looked after children. 

Through these services the charity supported 444 children and 140 adults in the Derby area in 2022, and leaders have said it has seen more demand with the impact of Covid and increases in the cost of living. 

Louise said: “There are lots of things that we might take for granted that some children can’t– like Easter eggs.  

“We are seeing more and more need for our services and we’re very grateful to companies like Lubrizol where staff have been so generous in going out and buying Easter eggs which I can promise will be very much enjoyed by all the young people we deliver them to!” 

Children First Derby has reported “incredibly positive changes” in the lives of children, young people and families it has supported, including improved school attendance and attainment, reduced levels of anti-social behaviour, better relationships with family members, increased confidence and reduced social isolation. 

The charity also delivers weekly diversionary activities including a football club, drama and climbing. 

The charity relies on generous public donations to carry out its important work.