Buttercup Appeal

Celebrating 125 years

DCHC celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016 in style - with a series of fabulous events.

We kicked off the year with a visit to the Centre from the Princess Royal, and over the course of the following months it was wonderful to see so many people supporting us.

By the end of the year we were so proud to be able to announce at a special evensong at Derby Cathedral that we had hit out initial target of being able to increase the number of holidays we can offer to 660, up from the current 450.

So to all those who get involved, thank you so much – and stick with us in 2017!


Princess Royal visits the Centre in Skegness, February


The Princess Royal had a light lunch before conduction a tour of the house, meeting staff and children and our special guests.

She then unveiled a commemorative plaque marking her visit and officially kicking off a very special year for us.




The Grand Ball, May

Held at the iPro Stadium in Derby, the Grand Ball was again a sell out, with entertainment provided by singer Laura Pyatt and magician Luca Gallone.

After guests enjoyed a three-course dinner, the black tie event raised thousands of pounds through a very special auction, with some exclusive, money-can’t-buy prizes!





Charity Golf Day at Kedleston Park Gold Club, May

Held at one of the most prestigious courses in the region, teams were offered to play the Kedleston Park course, followed by some food, drink and some great prizes for the top players, including the winner of the Sheila Kirkland trophy



Cycle Derby Sportives, May and September

Two cycle rides – across the south and north of the county – saw riders don the DCHC shirts in conjunction with our partners at HUUB events and Cycle Derby. The two rides, both of which started and finished at Markeaton Park, proved highly popular.


Steam train ride from Derby to Skegness and a visit to the Centre, September

Hundreds joined us for a momentous day, recreating the journey made by thousands of children from Derby to Skegness.

While back in the day the children used to travel from the now-defunct Friar Gate station, we hopped on the train from Derby, with guests enjoyable a step back into the past with a wonderful journey through the East Midlands countryside.

A day never to be forgotten.