Matlock community organisation is first to benefit from town star trail
A community organisation which has been a vital lifeline for Matlock residents during the pandemic has been nominated as the first beneficiary of a fundraising initiative launched by a group of small business owners.
The Dale Road Independents hope their star trail can raise £250 for the Connection Space, on Bank Road, which runs community-based mental health and wellbeing projects.
The money will be used for resources and the development of volunteering opportunities at the Wild Thyme garden, at the junction of Wellington Street and Cavendish Road – a project run in partnership with Matlock Town Council.
Connection Space cofounder Mary Derrick said: “I couldn’t believe it when we got the call. It was the first I had heard of the Matlock star trail, but it is a lovely idea, and we were thrilled that someone local came forward on our behalf.
“We were lucky enough to secure funding through the Social Connectedness Fund to support people through the pandemic and we hope it has helped people. Every penny of fundraising is very much appreciated and will help us do more vital work.”
Traders on Dale Road launched the star trail in January, displaying paper lanterns in their windows as a symbol of togetherness.
Supplied by Andy Jupp, from Paper Starlights in Chesterfield, lantern kits are also on sale for £20 so anyone can help light up the town, with £5 going to good causes.
Local resident Gail Elliott nominated the Connection Space, and said: “The isolation during lockdown has been very difficult for people and when I read about the work it was doing it just seemed to fit really well with the idea of the star trail.”
Alex Bromley, from coffee shop Butter Fingers, said: “We’re really grateful that Gail got in touch. It is great to know the trail is now fundraising for a specific cause that helps local people.”
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