Left to right Felix Frixou and William Crooks

William Crooks, Managing Director of Specialist Contractor, Cawarden, has presented a cheque of £12,000 to the Derby-based children’s charity, The Titan Children’s Trust.

The money has been raised over the last three years by Members of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) Midlands and Wales Regions. NFDC events, including the annual regional Christmas Ball, saw attending Members dig deep for the charity.

The NFDC is the only UK federation in the demolition industry and has championed the standards and professionalism of its members for more than 75 years.

Alongside his Managing Director role at Cawarden, William Crooks is currently Vice President of the National NFDC UK. He was also NFDC Chairman of the Midlands and Wales Regions. It was therefore fitting for the cheque to be presented by William to the charity’s Founder, Felix Frixou. The cheque presentation took place last month at Felix’s specialist car dealership, Benz Bavarian of Derby.

William commented “I am a huge supporter of The Titan Children’s Trust and its vital work. I was therefore delighted to present Felix with the cheque on behalf of the NFDC Midlands and Wales Regions.”

Launched in 2015, The Titan Children’s Trust supports underprivileged and disadvantaged children in the East Midlands.  By providing them with access to a range of sports and activities, the charity helps them to develop life skills and have positive experiences. 

Felix said “I am so grateful to the NFDC Members who have donated to The Titan Children’s Trust. This is an incredible sum of money which will help us to continue helping disadvantaged children across the East Midlands. There are thousands of children that start life with the odds stacked against them – but our work is needed now more than ever.”

Working alongside the Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Matlock, the charity has created opportunities for children to attend the centre to enjoy their adventurous outdoor pursuits. The activities are specifically designed to broaden horizons, develop key skills and create lasting memories.

A holiday is something that many of us take for granted, but for some children, it is a rarity, even a one-off. Many of the children the charity works with have never been on holiday before. 

To provide families with a much-needed holiday, the charity has its very own static caravan located a stone’s throw from the Skegness seafront. The four-birth caravan gives families the time and space to relax, make new friends and enjoy themselves. Holidays in Skegness are free to families who meet the charity’s criteria. The charity works alongside the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre to provide their holidays.

With the help of the money raised by NFDC Members, the money will mean the charity can continue offering a varied programme of activities – from boxing and squash to horse riding and cycling. The money will support the upkeep of the caravan so it can continue providing holidays for families in need. It will also support the charity’s latest initiative which involves providing backpacks with educational items and supplying families with boxes of hygiene products.

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