Giving kids a break

Derby Kids' Camp Coronavirus Statement

Date: 17.02.2021

Derby Kids' Camp Summer Camp 2021 cancelled It is with the deepest regret that, following very careful consideration we have made the difficult decision that as a result of the continuing Coronavirus pandemic, Derby Kids' Camp Summer Camp for 2021 has been cancelled. Last year when Summer Camp was cancelled for the first time in the charity's history, we had all hoped and expected... more

Summer Camp 2020 Volunteer Applications are Open!

Date: 15.02.2020

Across five weeks of the school holidays every year, over 300 local young children arrive at Derby Kids’ Camp for a free holiday they will never forget. Nominated by local schools and social services in Derby and Derbyshire, the children have a variety of reasons they need a break – including difficulties with social interaction, their family needing respite or financial hardship... more

Pete's retiring after 36 years volunteering for DKC!

Date: 02.11.2019

We’d like to say a huge thank you and wish the very best of luck to one of our most long-term volunteers - Pete Kay, who's retiring from Derby Kids’ Camp after more than three decades of voluntary service! Pete is one of the most experienced and long-serving volunteers at Derby Kids’ Camp and has racked up an incredible 36 years of DKC volunteering! Due to an upcoming relocation... more

Male Voice Choir Raise £4,000 for Kids' Camp!

Date: 03.06.2019

Male voice choir raise £4,000 for Kids’ Camp! We were amazed to receive a cheque for £4,000 from Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir as a result of their fundraising efforts this concert season! DCMVC chose Derby Kids’ Camp as their charity of the year and have been raising money since the start of their concert season in October 2018. A retiring collection was taken at the end... more

Volunteer Tom to shave head for Derby Kids' Camp!

Date: 28.05.2019

Derby Kids' Camp volunteer Tom is set to shave his head to fund more children's holidays! Getting excited - about no hair....?! Tom Wyatt (pictured in blue above) has grown up with Derby Kids' Camp. Having first been brought along as a baby, Tom has been on Summer Camp for 16 years, alongside his family who all volunteer with the charity. The experience has rubbed off on... more

Volunteer to ensure 30 children enjoy a much-needed summer holiday!

Date: 21.05.2019

Could you help us ensure 30 young children don’t miss out on their much-needed summer holiday? We’re urgently recruiting another 12 enthusiastic and caring volunteers to fill our ‘Week 5’ volunteer spaces and enable us to provide a holiday to the week’s usual total of 61 children. Week 5 of Summer Camp is running from the 24th – 31st August 2019. Working in teams, volunteers will... more

Why do children need a Derby Kids’ Camp holiday?

Date: 29.04.2019

Every year, over 300 young children arrive at Derby Kids’ Camp ready for a fun-packed week in the outdoors. But how are these children selected and why are the holidays so important for them? Nominating deserving children who need a break We work with almost 50 local schools in Derby City and the surrounding areas who are given a number of holiday places each year. The schools are... more

Cake Sale Raises Funds for Children's Holidays!

Date: 18.04.2019

A piece of cake - Derbyshire Fire and Police raise over £380 for Derby Kids' Camp! A great big thank you from Derby Kids' Camp to everyone at Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Ripley who've been busy raising money! The amazing total of £381.30 was raised through a cake sale at the Headquarters, along with a talk by DKC Chairman Chris... more

Ecclesbourne Students' Success for Derby Kids' Camp!

Date: 02.04.2019

Our thanks to a very talented group of Ecclesbourne School students for their support of Derby Kids' Camp! The small group of Year 11 students put on a fantastic evening of fabulous food and service at Morley Hayes in March, as part of their enrichment programme. The evening, which was entirely planned and executed by the students, was a huge success - and as part of the... more

Derby Kids’ Camp Whistle-stop Tour: Welfare!

Date: 06.03.2019

Derby Kids' Camp Welfare Team For 5 weeks every summer, a coach-load of children are dropped off at Derby Kids’ Camp with neatly packed suitcases and bags full of clothes for the week. Inevitably, within days (or perhaps just hours!..) someone’s joined the water fight fully clothed, toothbrushes get lost somewhere down the back of the tent and half of camp appears to be mysteriously... more

Volunteer to Cook for Derby Kids' Camp!

Date: 04.03.2019

Volunteering as a children's holiday cook with Derby Kids' Camp Playing, exploring and camping in the great outdoors quickly works up an appetite – and that’s why we often think of our cooks as the most important people on a Derby Kids’ Camp holiday! With 60-70 children and 30-35 volunteers on site at any one time, our Cook Teams are responsible for feeding up to 100 hungry mouths –... more

Summer Camp Dates Announced for 2019!

Date: 20.02.2019

Preparations are well on the way for Summer Camp 2019 and we're looking forward to welcoming another 300+ children to Derby Kids' Camp!     The Camp dates for 2019 are as follows - we will be running 5 weeks of Summer Camp on the field along with a 'Week at the Cottage' holiday.   Week at the Cottage - 20th - 27th July. Camp leader - Elaine Week 1 - 27th July -... more

Carols raise cash for Kids' Camp!

Date: 07.01.2019

Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir have been doing a brilliant job supporting Derby Kids’ Camp over the festive season! The choir have been entertaining Christmas shoppers with four carolling sessions in Derby City Centre during the run-up to Christmas, ensuring everyone felt festive in the run-up to the big day! They were joined by DKC volunteers collecting money to fund further... more

Network Rail raise over £7,000 for Derby Kids’ Camp!

Date: 14.10.2018

We’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to staff at Network Rail who have been busy raising a huge amount of money for Derby Kids’ Camp this year! The Midland Mainline Electrification Project Team chose Derby Kids’ Camp as their Charity of the Year in 2017-18 and have raised a fantastic total of over £7,000 to support the charity! The Network Rail team have been busy with a... more

Volunteers needed to build camp for 300 local children’s holidays!

Date: 12.07.2018

PRESS RELEASE Volunteers needed to build camp for 300 local children’s holidays! Local children’s charity Derby Kids’ Camp is urgently seeking additional volunteers to help build their ‘canvas village’ ahead of 300 local disadvantaged children arriving on site for a much-needed holiday. The camp is built each year from the ground up, and includes 6 marquees, 10 children’s tents,... more

Volunteers needed for new DKC holiday in August 2018!

Date: 08.06.2018

We are very excited to announce a brand new extra holiday this summer, as we add our 'Summer Camp at the Cottage' holiday to our existing 5 summer holidays. ...And a new holiday requires new helpers to join our team of over 150 incredible volunteers who join us in the summer! Derby Kids’ Camp is a 100% volunteer-run charity which provides FREE holidays to children in real need of... more

Summer Camp 2018 Volunteer Applications are open!

Date: 05.02.2018

SORRY - APPLICATIONS TO VOLUNTEER FOR SUMMER CAMP 2018 ARE NOW CLOSED. Every year we run five weeks of summer camp to provide more than 300 local, disadvantaged young children with a free holiday they will never forget. And in order to make these holidays happen we require our very own little 'army' of more than 150 volunteers willing to come and join us on Camp for a week to... more

Summer 2018 camp dates announced!

Date: 04.01.2018

It's a grey, windy January so what better to look forward to than #dkc2018! Camp dates are as follows, keep an eye out for our volunteer applications which will open in early February...   Week 1 - 28th July - 4th August - Liam Week 2 - 4th - 11th August - Lizzy Week 3 - 11th - 18th August - Helen Week 4 - 18th - 25th August - Harriet Week 5 - 25th August - 1st... more

Derby College Students Showcase Talents To Raise Charity Cash

Date: 15.06.2017

Huge thanks to the students of Derby College who worked extremely hard this year to raise funds for Derby Kids' Camp 2017! Students on a range of vocational courses at Derby College have joined forces to raise nearly £400 for Derby Kids Camp, which provides holidays and activities for local children. Business, Hair, Media and Make Up and Catering and Hospitality students at the... more

Summer Camp 2017 Volunteer Applications are now open!

Date: 30.01.2017

It's that time of year again - applications for Volunteers for Derby Kids' Camp Summer Camp 2017 are now officially... ...OPEN! Every year we run five weeks of summer camp to provide more than 300 local, disadvantaged young children with a free holiday they will never forget. And in order to make these holidays happen requires our very own little 'army' of more than 150 volunteers... more

Landau Forte College raises cash for Derby Kids' Camp

Date: 25.01.2017

Congratuations and huge thanks to Landau Forte College Derby's BTEC Business students who recently put their business skills to the test to raise a whopping £828 for Derby Kids' Camp! There are endless deserving charity organisations in Derby, and, during the Christmas period, thoughts often turn towards those less fortunate then ourselves who may not be able to experience the joys of... more

DKC celebrates our amazing volunteers!

Date: 01.12.2016

Here at Derby Kids’ Camp we’ve been celebrating the long-term service of many of our volunteers at our very first awards evening! The event took place during the annual Reunion & AGM night, and was to recognise and reward the hard work of all our volunteers – many of whom return over and over again to provide local children with fantastic holidays and memories each year! 68 of our... more

Summer Camp 2017 dates announced!

Date: 29.11.2016

We're pleased to confirm that Summer Camp dates and Camp Leaders for 2017 are now finalised as follows!:   Week 1 - Liam -   29th July - 5th August Week 2 - Lizzy -   5th - 12th August Week 3 - Helen - 12th - 19th August Week 4 - Harriet - 19th - 26th August Week 5 - Cat -      26th August - 2nd September   VOLUNTEER APPLICATIPONS FOR SUMMER CAMP 2017 ARE NOW OPEN!... more

Cosy celebrates 5 years with a birthday gift for Derby Kids' Camp!

Date: 11.09.2016

Local school supply company - Cosy Direct - are celebrating their fifth anniversary in a very special way - by purchasing a farm and campsite in the heart of the Peak District to be used as a permanent home for local charity Derby Kids’ Camp. The purchase ends a year of grave uncertainty for the local children's charity, after the field they have camped on for over 30 years was put up... more

Outdoor Theatre comes to Kids' Camp!

Date: 01.09.2016

We had some very special extra guests join us on Camp this Summer as outdoor theatre came indoors for one night only!.. Theatre company - The Pantaloons - were booked to perform outdoors in the village until things were looking very doubtlful due to the infamous and changeable weather we always experience on camp. With plans to perform their critically acclaimed Gulliver's... more

St. Claire's School Coin Collection for Kids' Camp

Date: 24.05.2016

Year 11 pupils from St Clare’s School in Mickleover, Derby have been collecting small change for Derby Kids’ Camp, which has reached a grand total of £118 - enough money to fully fund an entire holiday for local child in need of a break. The students were inspired by learning support assistant Sammie Charnock, who is also a volunteer with the children’s charity. Derby Kids' Camp is... more

Summer Camp 2016 dates announced!

Date: 05.02.2016

We're pleased to confirm that Summer Camp dates and Camp Leaders for 2016 are now finalised as follows!:   Week 1 (30th July - 6th August) - Liam Week 2 (6th - 13th August) - Kiran Week 3 (13th - 20th August) - Helen Week 4 (20th - 27th August) - Harriet Week 5 (27th August - 3rd September) - Paul   VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2016 ARE NOW CLOSED - have... more

DHL to the campfire rescue!

Date: 06.09.2015

What is Summer Camp without our famous Camp Fires each night?.. Cold, quiet and just not Camp, that's what! So as Derby Kids' Camp 2015 drew nearer with no wood for the 5 weeks of Summer Camp, we were left with something of a problem - where would the wood come from?.. can campfire songs be sung with no fire?.. and would the future of 100 people singing very silly songs at the tops... more

Punjabi Rams 'Desi Derby Banger Rally' set to hit the road for Derby Kids' Camp!

Date: 06.09.2015

Really exciting news from the 'Desi Derby Banger Rally' team from Punjabi Rams who are taking on a huge challenge in September to raise thousands of pounds for Derby Kids' Camp! The Desi Derby Team will be driving all the way from Pride Park, Derby to Milan, Italy in just 3 days! And to make it more interesting they'll will be doing this in a small fleet of cars each of which cost no... more

40 heros take on Three Peaks Challenge for DKC!

Date: 16.03.2015

At the start of May 2015, over 40 Derby Kids' Camp volunteers, friends and family will be taking to the hills to complete the Three Peak Challenge in Derbyshire. This fantastic event has been organised to raise money to fund an entire week of summer camp, giving 65 very deserving young children a free holiday and amazing memories. Please support the team to reach their... more

Sporting Bears raise over £10,000 for Derby Kids' Camp!!

Date: 20.02.2015

Sporting Bears Motor Club raises over £10,000 for Derby Kids' Camp children's holidays! In 2014 the Sporting Bears Motor Club - which uses member's privately owned classic, sports and hyper cars to raise money for UK children's charities - celebrated their 25th anniversary and, as part of the celebaration supported Derby Kids' Camp; one of the very first charities the organisation... more

Summer Camp 2015 dates announced!

Date: 19.10.2014

Summer Camp dates for 2015 are as follows... We are pleased to confirm that Camp Leader teams and dates for Summer Camp 2015 have now been finalised as follows!.. Week 1 (25th July - 1st August) - Paul Week 2 (1st August - 8th August) - Sarah Week 3 (8th August - 15th August) - Helen Week 4 (15th August - 22nd August) -... more

Derby Kids' Camp needs your votes in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund!

Date: 17.09.2014

Derby Kids’ Camp is one of four charities shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in Derby. With the support of the local community, DKC has the chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 – a significant amount for a smaller charity, which would make a real difference in providing holidays to disadvantaged children in the Derby area. The award would be used to replace a... more

Pentagon Vauxhall Derby fully-fund over 100 children's holidays!

Date: 11.07.2014

Pentagon Vauxhall Derby - DKC's main sponsor for 2013/14 - have celebrated their year of fundraising efforts by presenting Derby Kids' Camp with a cheque for more than £10,000! Over the past year, Derby's main Vauxhall dealer has been working hard to raise money for Derby Kids' Camp, the resulting donation being used to fund more than 100 children's holidays! Following a cheque... more

Village Club Spondon support local children

Date: 15.06.2014

Derby Kids' Camp representatives Chris & Michelle Edwards were invited along to The Village Social Club in Spondon this week to be presented with a cheque to fund further children's holidays this summer. Pauline Jennings, a member of The Village Social Club's committee presented Michelle with a cheque to help provide free holidays to disadvantaged young children from the Spondon... more

Cycle Team plan 550 mile ride in 3 days for Kids' Camp

Date: 11.06.2014

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary year in the professional AV industry, leading UK AV distributor CIE-Group will mark the occasion in September with its biggest charity challenge ever, as they enter three teams to take on a 550 mile cycle challenge across France: in just three days! The teams – made up of CIE-Group Directors and members of the AV sales and technical support staff – will... more

Elizabeth Michael recruitment funds Summer Holidays

Date: 09.06.2014

Derby Kids' Camp Chairman Chris Edwards visited local recruitment agency Elizabeth Michael Associates this week and was hugely honoured to be presented with a cheque to fund 10 much-needed children's holidays this summer. Presented by Managing Director John Hyde, the money will fully-fund free holidays for 10 young children from the Derby / Derbyshire area who will benefit from what is... more

Prince of Wales Charities fund kids' holidays!

Date: 04.06.2014

This month Derby Kids' Camp is very pleased to have received the support of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation. With a long history of supporting a diverse range of charities throughtout the UK, The Prince's Charities are keen to assist children and young people and, with this in mind, have provided a generous donation to Derby Kids' Camp in order to fund a number of children's... more

ASDA Spondon 'Chosen by us'

Date: 26.05.2014

Following Derby Kids' Camp's nomination for the ASDA Derby 'Chosen by Us' green tokens scheme, we were very pleased to collect a cheque this weekend which will help towards the cost of another local child's free holiday in the summer. The team at ASDA in Spondon are fantastic supporters of DKC, with a number of fundraising activiities in store over the last few years and members of... more

Ladies Darts League raise funds for DKC

Date: 18.05.2014

At the weekend, DKC representatives Michelle, Chris and Ethan were honoured to once again be invited to join the ladies of the Stapleford and Sandiacre District Ladies Darts League for their annual awards night. Each year, the league raises money for a number of very deserving charities and causes and, for the past 4 years, has made a generous donation to Derby Kids' Camp. This... more

ASDA Spondon Bag Pack Fundraising 2014

Date: 17.04.2014

HUGE thanks to the wonderful team who gave up their Sunday to work so hard fundraising at ASDA Spondon today; brilliant turn out and a great day. We had a great turn out of hard working Derby Kids' Camp volunteers and some wonderful support and generosity from ASDA Spondon customers throughout the day! more

NCS Derby volunteers support Derby Kids' Camp

Date: 17.04.2014

A team of volunteers from the Derby College have very generously offered to support Derby Kids' Camp this summer as part of the National Citizen Service project. The team have already kicked off their support for DKC with a Bag Packing fundraising day at ASDA Spondon, as well as joining us at the DKC warehouse to help out with readying all the equipment for Summer Camp (which they did... more

Amazing fundraising from Freeth Cartwright Solicitors

Date: 04.04.2014

Derby Kids' Camp would like to say a HUGE thank you to our friends at Freeth Cartwright Solicitors for their donation this week of £2561 towards holidays for disadvantaged young children! The Freeth Cartwright team have been fundraising over the past year for DKC and other charities and this week handed over a cheque to DKC Volunteer Rep - Cat Howourth. This money will fund free... more

CIE-Group's 'Team 00Heaven' present cash for kids

Date: 21.03.2013

CIE-Group's 'Lycra Lads (and Lady!)' - cycle team 'Team 00Heaven' - this week delivered a cheque to local children's charity Derby Kids' Camp, which will help to send young, disadvantaged children from the local area on a much needed holiday this summer. Team 00Heaven – consisting (left to right in picture) of CIE-Group’s Martin Featherstone (CYP Product Manager), Kevin Sherwood (Field... more

Robinsons Solicitors Visits Derby Kids’ Camp

Date: 18.09.2012

A firm of solicitors which has raised more than £700 for a children’s charity has seen for themselves the difference their money makes. Charlotte Rosser, Rob Styles and Kristin Clark from Robinsons Solicitors visited Derby Kids’ Camp, which provides holidays for around 350 disadvantaged youngsters at its Summer Camp outside of Ashbourne each summer. The company, which has branches... more

Derby Telegraph feature: More kids than ever enjoy week of activities and giggles at camp

Date: 29.08.2011

FEATURE TAKEN FROM DERBY TELEGRAPH, 29th August 2011 BOUNCING merrily on his space hopper in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, identical twin Grant Winder revealed his favourite thing about his holiday – no television. Instead, the 10-year-old was loving being outdoors with his brother, Jamie, sister Angel, nine, and the rest of the 60 youngsters he was at summer camp with. On... more