We enjoyed a fabulous festive visit to St Joseph’s School recently to meet the Year Five class, the Helpful Hudgells, who are supporting Children First Derby as their chosen charity this year.

The class has taken its name using inspiration from an incredibly brave and determined seven-year-old boy, Tony Hudgell, who has overcome many obstacles and challenges in his short life.

Last year double amputee, Tony, completed an outstanding 10K walking challenge on his crutches, raising over £1.5 million for the hospital that saved his life.

Inspired by Tony’s immense fundraising feat, Helpful Hudgell’s class teacher, Miss Peake, got in touch with us to say that the class had chosen to support and fundraise for Children First Derby as they wanted to help local vulnerable children who were also facing challenges.

During last half term, the Helpful Hudgells focussed on tackling a series of fundraising activities, sponsored by family members and friends. This included completing sponsored walks, car washing, chores around the house and sponsored reading challenges – which has so far seen them collectively raise £142.32 for Children First Derby.

This half term, the Helpful Hudgells were tasked with completing a charitable deed and we teamed up with the class to help them fulfil the challenge!  

Each year the volunteers and staff at Children First Derby make sure the Leopold Street Centre looks as festive as possible for our supported children and young people who use the supervised contact rooms over the Christmas period. So we were delighted that this year we had a class full of willing helpers who were ready to lend a hand, making colourful festive decorations to help add some festive cheer.

Also eager to help was one of our supported mentees Rosie and her friend Grace who accompanied us to St Joseph’s for a delightful afternoon of making bight and cheerful decorations.


The Helpful Hudgells proved to be very helpful indeed, working hard to make a huge array of colourful Christmas pictures, snowflakes and paperchain decorations – which are now festively donned around the Children First Derby centre, just in time for our Christmas visits.



We would like to say a HUGE Thank You to the Helpful Hudgells and Miss Peake for supporting our charity and for inviting us into their class for a wonderfully festive afternoon. And we would also like to thank Rosie and Grace for being super helpers throughout.



We’re looking forward to seeing what activity the Helpful Hudgells set themselves next for the New year.