THE founder of annual campaign that brings joy to underprivileged children has helped spruce up the garden at a GP surgery to say 'thank you' to the people of Burton and South Derbyshire.
Derek Liddle decided to pay out for the garden at Carlton Street Surgery to be revamped as a way of 'giving something back' for all the people who have supported his Derek's Tree appeal, which is now entering its 20th year.
He hopes the new-look garden will help cheer people while they are waiting to see a doctor.
He told the Mail: "I am not afraid to admit that I have suffered with depression all of my life and, as a result, have visited Carlton Surgery on many occasions for help and advice.
"Recently, I was sitting waiting and I saw the garden was full of weeds and thought that the area could do with sprucing up.
"So I decided, as a thank you to the people of Burton and South Derbyshire for their continued support of my Derek's Tree appeal, that I would pay out to get the garden revamped."
The Derek's Tree appeal runs every year and allows people in the area to buy a present for needy children in the area.
Mr Liddle added: "I have to say a quick thank you to Malcolm Evans for his role in sorting out all the plants and the garden.
"Many people have already said how pleasant the new garden look and how it has already been helping to brighten their mood.
"I ask so many people to dig deep every year and this was my way of seeing a small thank you to them all."
When quizzed about whether Derek's Tree would return for a 20th year, Mr Liddle was quick to say he 'couldn't wait to see everyone again in November'.