Friends of Derby 500 Club

Frequently asked questions

Friends of Derby 500 Club

Frequently asked questions


Answers to our most common questions.

What will I need to do if I join?

That’s up to you. You’ll be able to make nominations whenever you like, or you can choose to simply donate and watch as your money works its magic each week.

​You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook group where we will keep you informed of news, progress and nominations etc. You can be as active or as inactive in the group as you like.

Honestly….once you’ve set up your standing order, that’s it.

Who will we help?

It’s surprising what worthy causes you’ll hear about once you’re listening out for them – people in your street; local community groups; people suffering from illness or unemployment; broken families; victims of crime; people dealing with unexpected periods of bad luck; the list is endless.

The money will be used to do good every week, going to whoever we think needs it most.

For example: Friends 500 have bought an emergency plane ticket for a girl who needed to get to Australia to see her sick parents, they’ve contributed to the rebuilding of a houseboat that was gutted in a fire leaving its owners injured and homeless, they have filled freezers with food, kitted out a children’s sensory room, bought books for a school whose library was burned, even bought a TV for local paramedics who didn’t have one in their restroom…you get the idea.

You’ll need to be mindful that not every recipient will resonate with you, but we will all be bound together by the need to do some good.

There will be no political, gender, race or religious bias in the decision making.

Any remaining nominations each week (and there are likely to be many once we get going) will be carried over onto a list and will remain on the list until we get chance to pay them or until such time as the donation is no longer required.

Emergency nominations will get priority if agreed by the admin panel.

TO MAKE A NOMINATION: send your story by email to with NOMINATION in the subject bar.

How will I know the money is distributed fairly?

Obviously there will be an element of trust involved between all of us. We need to trust that your nominations are genuine, and you need to trust that we and the other admins will handle your money fairly.

The admin panel is a small group of professional people, each of whom have a track record and respectability in the city.

No cash will be handed out until the majority of the admin panel is agreed on the recipient.

There are multiple signatories on the bank account.

We will endeavour to be as transparent as possible.

Messages of thanks and photos of how your money is being used, will be posted in the Facebook group (subject to approval from the recipient). You’ll be kept as up to date as possible, because it wouldn’t be happening without you.

I want to sign up, what do I do?

1. Set up your standing order for £1 per week, for the details click here.

CLUB PROMISE: The standing order amount will NEVER be increased. It will always be just £1.

2. Once you’ve set up your standing order, please drop an email to 


We have given away thousands so far and received nothing but positivity, we have changed lives with gestures of kindness and cash. £500 might not sound like a lot of money to some people, but when you are in need and have no means of finding it… it can be life changing.

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