Lesley Derbyshire Home Manager at Nightingale House care home, 5 Mansion House Road, Paisley part of Sterling Care Homes Ltd was chosen to be one of six judges on The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) by Paisley Grammar School’s Head Teacher, Caroline Amos.
Pupils from Paisley Grammar School have been visiting the care home on a regular basis over the past two years interacting with the residents. Nightingale House is a 50-bed care home and provides leading care and residential services to older people for over 20 years. Caroline was looking for six local businesses to judge the competition and contacted Lesley to be one of the judges.
Lesley, Nightingale House’s manager said: “I feel really honoured I was asked to be one of the judges and the standard of presentations were really high, well done to all the pupils involved.”
Ms Lynn Raynal, the YPI Co-ordinator worked with school in support of the teachers who encouraged the young people to research local, grassroots charities which have a low annual turnover, and to present a case for their chosen charity to win £3,000. YPI engages young people in creating social change and promotes a sense of responsibility, respect and a commitment to building compassionate communities.
Seven groups delivered some very powerful and moving speeches on why their particular charity should be given the £3,000. It was clear that many of the groups felt a real connection to their chosen organisation and educated them on how hard it is to run a charity.
The judging panel were faced with a very difficult decision as all seven groups produced strong cases for their charities. After some deliberating the £3,000 was awarded to the charity Quarriers. In 1871, William Quarrier founded a charity to help children whose lives were blighted by poverty and loss and has been providing care for 140 years.