Derbyshire Funeral Home to support kids’ learning with Educating Elf community event

A Derbyshire Funeral Home is holding a socially-distanced community event to support children impacted by the current economic situation in the summer holidays.

A. Storer & Sons Funeral Services will hold the event at their premises on Nottingham Road, Somercotes on Friday 21 August from 10am-2pm, where visitors can see the “Educating Elf”, visit the Elf School and pick up free bags containing educational books, crafts and creative activities for children to learn while they are off school. Visitors will be asked to observe social distancing guidance at all times and the Educating Elf will be handing out the goody bags using her extra-long Candy Cane.

The local event supports the wider summer scheme by Central England Co-op, which runs until September, to collect vital food, education and craft items to support those in need during the summer holidays.

The event will also provide the opportunity for children aged 3-11 to enter a drawing competition to win prizes.

The bags, which will include materials for reading, spelling and maths along with pens, pencils, a pencil case and a craft kit have been purchased with a £1000 donation from Central England Co-operative’s Northern Membership and Community Council.

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Picture caption: Families are welcome at A. Storer & Sons Funeral Services on 21 August between 10am-2pm for some fun learning and free goody bags.


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