Together, we raised over £200,000 on the night -

smashing our £1million target!

Soaring past £1m raised for our three amazing charities

On Saturday 8th February the iconic Devonshire Dome in Buxton hosted the third annual #ChallengeDerbyshire Charity Ball. Markovitz founded #ChallengeDerbyshire in 2015 to raise money for the three amazing end of life care charities in North Derbyshire: Ashgate Hospicecare, Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust.


The event was attended by nearly 500 guests and raised a staggering sum in excess of £205,000! This means #ChallengeDerbyshire has now raised over £1.1million in total for patients and their families across North Derbyshire thanks to a number of brilliant events and challenges.

David Hopkins, CEO of M Markovitz Ltd and co-founder of #ChallengeDerbyshire said on the night, “thank you so much to everyone who has helped us reach this fantastic milestone so soon! I hoped we would hit the £1million on Saturday but to smash it raising well over £200k on the night taking us past £1.1million was amazing. Excellent end of life care should never be a ‘nice to have’, it should be an absolute right for everyone. We must never take for granted the incredible work our three charities do for patients and their families at the most difficult time in their lives. The support we have received from local businesses has been incredible, but the need doesn’t go away. Please keep giving as generously as you do and encourage others to join us in support of our three wonderful charities.”

The fabulous evening, hosted by local radio legends Paul Jenner and Damian Senar, included a lavish four course dinner, live music from band Function Fever, as well as a fantastic guest performance from newly-crowned BBC Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year, Perfect Pitch, who continue to support #ChallengeDerbyshire, having themselves raised over £10,000 for the cause.
Gregg Pearce, whose family was supported by Ashgate Hospicecare, gave an emotional speech about the care they received at the very worst of times. He poignantly recounted how the hospice not only looks after people at the end of their life with respect and dignity, but also provides invaluable support to their loved ones, allowing them to make the most of those final most precious days.

Many local businesses contributed to the success of the evening and #ChallengeDerbyshire is run by the staff of builders’ merchants Markovitz, meaning every single penny donated to the cause goes directly to paying for end of life care locally.

Director of Fundraising at Ashgate Hospicecare and Blythe House Hospicecare, Esther Wakeman went on to say, “currently one in four families who need hospice care can’t get it, that’s about sixteen families a week across North Derbyshire.  #ChallengeDerbyshire’s support is changing that and giving local people the choice to die at home, free from pain, with dignity and respect. Please help us be there for every family when they need us.”