We are looking to celebrate a true hero within the Derbyshire community and name them as this year's Christmas star.
We would love for you to vote for one of our four fantastic finalists by reading their heart-warming stories below and selecting them by clicking their name to place your vote. Alternatively you can also vote in centre at the Customer Service Desk. The finalist with the most votes will be appointed to switch on the festive lights on Saturday 19 November and receive a £100 donation to a charity of their choosing.
Making Space is a charity that provides social care services to support adults with a variety of needs, including dementia. Bernard joined Making Space as a volunteer in 2012 following his retirement in 2011, and has been involved in a variety of roles and activities since. From leading dementia awareness events to providing one-on-one support, Bernard’s effort and enthusiasm have made such a positive difference to people’s lives. Supporting both carers and patients in any way he can, Bernard’s compassion has been influential and greatly appreciated by both.
Caroline is truly a shining light within the Derby community. For a number of years, she has volunteered for the Derby County Community Trust, raising funds for their disability sports programme. She is also set for her third trip to Kenya, where she undertakes humanitarian projects such as building schools and teaching school children. Caroline has also volunteered at a local playgroup for 15 years, where she recently became a true lifesaver as well. After a young boy collapsed, Caroline used all her nursing skills to make sure he made it to hospital okay. There, he was diagnosed with a serious lung condition which he is now being treated for. Thanks to Caroline, he has a real chance of survival.
After Jason’s daughter-in-law tragically suffered a stillbirth in August 2016, he began fundraising for Derby’s local bereavement charity for parents. In just under two weeks, Jason’s page raised over £1000 for the charity. Not only has this helped them to maintain the bereavement suite and garden on the Royal Derby Hospital maternity ward, it has also provided them with enough money to build an additional, brand new suite. More recently, in October, Jason took part in a fire walk which helped raise a further £400.
In December 2015 Chloe was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Since then, and despite having her leg in a frame and receiving chemotherapy treatment, Chloe has worked tirelessly to raise over £600 for two charities, the National Deaf Children’s Society and Sarcoma UK. Chloe’s chemotherapy sessions are set to finish soon, but her focus on helping others and raising awareness of this rare disease during her treatment, speaks volumes about her kind and selfless nature.
Voting closes on Friday 11 November and the winner will be announced on Monday 14 November.
Don't miss the big light switch on with our Christmas star on Saturday 19 November.