Big-hearted fundraisers the Charityboyz have made an urgent plea for support and funding to help save their struggling group.
The Somercotes-based charity has fallen on hard times after funds have been slashed and sponsorship has dried up.
Co-founders Jonny Sinclair and Justin Randall hope that a public donor or local businesses will help them get back on their feet and back to doing what they love – helping others.
Jonny said: “We are aware that people are asking why we haven’t been able to organise many events recently.
“The reason for our lack of activity is due to loss of support, mainly from our main sponsors Thorntons. They have been unable to support us much, due to cost cuttings and the recent amalgamations with Ferrero.
“Though we hope Ferrero will take the baton to support us, there is no certainty. Both Justin and I wish to continue and expand the Charityboyz, but without support it is becoming more of a struggle to help all the people in local communities that we would truly love to be doing.”
The Charityboyz, set up in June 2005 by Justin Randall, Jonathan Sinclair and the management team of Thorntons, have gone above and beyond to help as many people as possible.
They have worked closely with the NSPCC and Childline, air ambulance teams and Cancer Research UK. They have also visited schools and hospitals, made hampers for the elderly at Christmas and sent terminally ill children on holidays of a lifetime.
The group is planning a charity football match on May 8 at Holbrook Football Club to raise cash for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre (DCHC). Justin hopes it will not be the group’s last event.
He added: “We really want to continue to touch the lives of others, but what does the future hold for us?
“I suppose only time will tell.”
The Charityboyz were founded when a group of friends who worked for Thorntons posed for a calendar and raised £250 for both the NSPCC and Childline.
From then the boys haven’t looked back — and in 2007 founders Justin Randall and Jonny Sinclair received the Peak FM community workers of the year award.