Our Charities

We encourage and support fundraising for any and all charities though we do choose two nominated charities that we fundraise for throughout the year – usually by having collection tins at all our shops and venues, holding events during RAG Week and supporting Club and Society events to name but a few.

who are the nominated charities this year?

After reviewing a whole host of applications from a variety of fantastic charitable causes across the East Midlands, our RAG Committee chose First Steps and Rays of Sunshine!

More about First Steps

First Steps ED is a multi-award-winning specialist mental health community services organisation located in Derby, working across the East Midlands. Our foundation is built up from ‘experts by experience’, working alongside our qualified and highly experienced counsellors and psychotherapists who specialise in providing support to service users and their families impacted by eating disorders and associated co-morbid mental health issues. Our aim is to provide hope, opportunities and choices to lives impacted by eating disorders by raising awareness and understanding.

Visit the First Steps ED website

More about Rays of Sunshine

Rays of Sunshine children’s charity brightens the lives of seriously ill young people and their families by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community.  Our work creates a positive distraction, reduces isolation, improves self-esteem and creates precious memories and smiles.  We achieve the above aims and objectives brightening up the lives of children who are seriously ill by granting magical wishes, organising group events and outings, offering services in children’s hospitals and hospices and providing family support services.

Visit the Rays of Sunshine website

interested in becoming a nominated charity?

Nominations are currently open to be one of our nominated charities for the academic year 2020/21.

  • The applications are then shortlisted and students are given the opportunity to vote on the charities they wish to support the following academic year.
  • The two chosen charities will be announced and put in place ready for the 1st of July.

Apply to be a Union nominated charity

RAG also work with charities on an event-by-event basis, so if you would like to be considered for an event, please don’t hesitate to contact us at rag@derbyunion.co.uk.