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Derby firm raises £30,000 in 30 days

One print firm decided to celebrate 30 years in business by raising £30,000 for 30 different charities – in just 30 days.

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Representatives from each of the 30 charities receive their donations from Amanda Strong (centre), managing director of Mercia Image Print

Amanda Strong, entrepreneur and owner of Mercia Image Print in Derby, decided that to commemorate 30 years in business, she would attempt to raise £30,000 in 30 days.

The 30 Days of Giving campaign benefitted a number of local charities including Derby County Community Trust which received £5,000.

Megan Patrick of the trust comments: “When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, when Amanda decided she would try to raise £30,000 in 30 days, for 30 charities, we thought it was a tall order – but she did it.”

At the end of the gala dinner event the fund was at £28,000, but the donation of local businessman Pete Ellse from Cosy Direct pledged to take the sum over the £30,000 mark.

I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute

Strong comments on the challenge: “Yes, with the support of the local business community we did it. I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute.

“I think it has proven to be such a success that it could definitely be an annual campaign, but perhaps I should let someone else run it next year.”

Mercia Image Print was founded in 1989 and moved into a 12,00sq ft purpose built premises following a £1.1m investment in 2008. The firm offers litho and digital printing services, operating a Mitsubishi Diamond 1000, a Heidelberg Speedmaster 52, a Xerox J75, and an HP Designjet Z6100ps plotter.

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