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Woman’s Trust

Woman’s Trust to pioneer new therapy for domestic abuse survivors through Axis Foundation funding.

Woman’s Trust is a charity that offers support services to domestic abuse survivors in Greater London. Our donation of £3350 will help them to pilot a new therapy,  in the form of group therapy, for domestic abuse,. Their sessions give vulnerable women a chance to recover, as well as deliver a long-term, positive impact on their mental health.

Group sessions allow women the opportunity to connect with other survivors – Heidi Riedel, CEO

Thousands of women benefit from the support of Woman’s Trust. The group counselling sessions are important because of the networks created through interaction. Women value the support from each other, which differs to the support received  from agencies, families or friends. It provides the potential for a lasting resolution.

CEO Heidi Riedel, thinks that group counselling will be important because it can provide a support network. She said: “We know that some of the biggest issues women have to contend with are around isolation. Group sessions allow women the opportunity to connect with other survivors. They receive encouragement, support, and empathy in a non-judgemental environment so many of the women go on to form lasting friendships.”

Domestic abuse is the single largest cause of depression in women across the UK. It has links to drug misuse as well as addiction and other mental health conditions. The Woman’s Trust has supported more than 14,500 women and provided the equivalent of over £4.5m in vital mental health care for survivors.

To find out more, visit www.womanstrust.org.uk.

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Cyclists Fighting Cancer

Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) donates bikes and adapted trikes to children with cancer.The Axis Foundation donated £5,000 to support their work which improves lives and well being.

Alice Wragg, Fundraiser, says: “The Axis Foundation’s generous donation will allow us to purchase 10 bikes or 3 specialist trikes for those children who are successful in their application to Cyclists Fighting Cancer . The donation will help us to change the lives of children and young people living with a cancer diagnosis.. on behalf of the whole Cyclists Fighting Cancer team, thank you for the generous donation.”

We know that cycling is good exercise – and for children with cancer it is even more beneficial: Alice explains why:

“Exercise is an effective way to improve both the mental and physical side effects of cancer and its treatment. Cycling in particular is a great way for children with cancer to enjoy exercise as it is low impact, sociable and a great escape from hospital visits and ongoing treatment.”

Some children may be unable to ride a conventional bike as a result of treatment – they may have balance issues, numbness, fatigue or have had amputations or be wheelchair-bound. CFC makes required adaptions to bikes and trikes.

CFC works closely with the 21 paediatric oncology units around the UK, as well as with other charities that work with childhood cancer (i.e. CLIC Sargent, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Rainbow Trust etc). Their specially trained Cancer Exercise Specialists regularly offer advice regarding physical fitness and on-bike and trike applications.

The charity has donated 5,000 bikes and adapted trikes to children with cancer since the charity’s inception in 2005.

 

 

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Fund For Isabella

Foundation donates towards a specialist bathroom for young Isabella

Aged two months Isabella had been diagnosed with a serious birth defect – neuronal migration disorder – and epilepsy. Her parents, Nicola and Robert were of course devastated by this news.

Now aged four, Isabella has very limited mobility and is confined to a wheelchair. She is unable to speak, and her family, including her young siblings, is on constant guard as the risk of seizure is never far away.

To give their daughter more freedom of movement, Nicola and Robert moved to a bungalow and adapted it – widening the doors for example – with the aid of a grant.

Respite stays at Demelza Hospice for Sick Children provide comfort and practical support too – for all the family. (Demelza is the charity partner to the Axis Foundation and parent company Axis Europe plc). Here Isabella benefits from using the sensory room while their specialist bathroom is both practical and safe for her and her carers.

Nicola and Robert desperately wanted to install a similar specialist bathroom at their home. Sadly, their local authority was only able to offer a shower: the costs of installation were well beyond Nicola and Robert’s budget.

At this point, the Axis Foundation stepped in, funding a specialist bath costing £10,000, paying for installation and materials, and turning a dream into a reality.

“We can’t believe it! Grateful doesn’t even cover it! You guys will never know how much this means to us! THANK YOU!” – Nicola and Robert, Isabella’s parents

The Axis Foundation has reached a milestone of 10 years of donations to small, local, impactful causes. #10YrsGiving

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HOPE

Foundation supplies a generous sum to HOPE, assisting them to provide support for children with epilepsy and their families.

At HOPE children with epilepsy can meet each other, have fun, learn to “enjoy life” and not feel so alone. Volunteers play with the children and their siblings and provide respite for the parents. HOPE encourages parents of children with epilepsy and carers to meet, relax over refreshments, share information and build relationships. This helps reduce stress and anxiety enabling them to be better emotionally equipped to support their child.

Overall, HOPE aims to promote awareness regarding the problems and circumstances of families living with epilepsy. The children who attend London-based HOPE suffer from complex epilepsy with different seizure types. Many have other conditions associated with complex epilepsy such as autism, developmental delay, ADHD and physical disabilities.

HOPE’s Anti Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) Project provides Anti Suffocation Pillows free of charge to any child living in the Greater London area who suffers from convulsive seizures.

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The Axis Foundation’s £2,000 donation will buy Anti-Suffocation Pillows for children with Epilepsy. Anti Suffocation Pillows help those lying face down with convulsive seizures to breathe more easily thereby helping to prevent brain damage and death.

“The HOPE Team are absolutely thrilled that the Axis Foundation has agreed to make a donation to help HOPE fund Anti Suffocation Pillows for children with Complex Epilepsy. From the bottom of my heart thank you to you all at the Axis Foundation for this generous donation! We can help so many children now with our Anti Suffocation Pillow Project. It’s truly amazing and We are over the moon. Once again, thank you Axis Foundation for assisting us carrying on our work”
Dr Nadine Gurr – Chair

“We are extremely grateful to the Axis Foundation for their kind donation to HOPE. Childhood epilepsy can be stressful for the whole family, particularly as many children with epilepsy also have additional needs. This generous donation will help us in our aim to support children with epilepsy and their families. It will be used to buy Anti-Suffocation Pillows, which families tell us can help to reduce their worries about their children sleeping in their own bedrooms at night”
Dr Sophie Bennett – Vice Chair

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Paul’s Cancer Support Centre

Two donations help Paul’s Cancer Support Centre train and recruit new volunteers.

Volunteers at Paul’s Cancer Support Centre provide emotional, physical and psychological support for 500 cancer patients a year. The Centre also has a Home Visiting Service for 100 patients who are too frail to make the journey to the premises in south west London.

The Axis Foundation has made two donations to Paul’s Cancer Support Centre. Our first donation (£3,300 in 2017) recruited and trained four massage therapists, three reflexologists and one befriender; our second (£2,500 in 2018) trained nine new Home Visiting Service volunteers.

“On behalf of the Trustees, staff, volunteers and clients at Paul’s Cancer Support, I would like to thank you and your Fellow Trustees for all your support. We are truly grateful” – Scheherazade Ameer, Fundraising Manager

“Funding into our volunteers’ training is vital for us to provide support for cancer patients. We are so appreciative of the grant we received from the Axis Foundation. We cannot deliver our services without volunteers” Marisca Ribeiro, Services Manager

Real help at home

Scheherazade Ameer, Fundraising Manager, explained: “All our Home Visiting Service volunteers have to complete our high-quality, specially-designed 32-hour course. A nationally recognised expert in cancer and bereavement counselling has assessed our course as ‘a model of excellence’. We then match our Volunteers to Home Visiting Service clients once we receive their DBS approval.”

A Home Visitor Trainee told us: “Helping others is a humbling experience which also provides a great amount of satisfaction. I hope to gain a better understanding of the challenges those with cancer face so I can provide more effective and supportive massage treatments to them and contribute to improving their predicament, even if for a short while.”

A  Home Visiting Service client said: “During a time when I was housebound, barely able to move about and seeking psychological and emotional assistance, this was the only local organisation who was able to provide face-to-face counselling in my own home; I am so grateful for that, and for how quickly it was organised.”

 

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Omega Care For Life

Our donation provides befriending network groups for this End of Life Charity

Omega Care for Life is a multi-award winning end of life charity which helps caring families, bereaved former caregivers and clients who are to coming to terms with terminal illness. Their motto is “caring is everyone’s business.”

Based in the West Midlands, Omega’s initiatives include the Chatterbox Action Against Loneliness and Crisis Support programme, a telephone-enhanced befriending service. They also offer a network of 13 Meeting Point support and friendship groups for caregivers and former carers. In addition, there is a Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Family Support Programme and life-changing, therapeutic work opportunities.

The Axis Foundation has donated £2,000 to Omega Care for Life’s vital support networks.

Omega Development Director Tom Memery thanked the Axis Foundation for its support and told us how the funds will be put to use:

“We’re using your generous grant to support two new groups: one an informal regular gathering of Chatterbox Befrienders and Co-ordinators and an income-generating Friendship and Omega Supporters Group… The clients we help are often socially isolated and benefit enormously from peer-support. Omega groups are a gateway to other sources of help and information offered by Omega and our delivery partners.

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Momentum Children’s Charity

Transforming a hospital isolation room into a warm and welcoming environment, our donation supports families of children with cancer and life-limiting illnesses.

The Axis Foundation donated £3,500 to Momentum Children’s Charity who support families of children with cancer and life-limiting illnesses. Their work is mainly carried out for those living in South West London and Surrey.

We contributed towards Momentum’s transformation of the ‘Frog Isolation Room’ on the Rupert Bear paediatric ward in Croydon University Hospital.

The new decor, featuring the charity’s mascot Mo the Owl and wildlife including frogs, ladybirds and butterflies and plants has created a bright and happy space providing the children with positive distractions and enriching toys to make their time in hospital a little bit easier.

Thanking the Axis Foundation, Tara MacDowel, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Momentum, said:

“We wanted to make a difference for the children and make their memories of staying in hospital positive. Something as simple as improving the environment can make a huge difference.The Axis Foundation and our other supporters have allowed us to make a massive difference in the hospital and for the children.”

Children who have cancer and life-limiting illnesses often spend a huge amount of their time in hospital, from their diagnosis and throughout their treatment. Isolation rooms ensure they do not catch any further infections and some children can be in these rooms for up to 10 days at a time.

“Enhancing the healing environment in hospitals is a large part of Momentum’s work. Studies have shown that a good hospital environment can greatly improve a child’s recovery time and of course the staff also benefit from a brighter, more welcoming place in which to work,” says Bianca Effemey, Co-Founder of Momentum. 

“We are grateful to all of you at the Axis Foundation. With your donation we have been able to transform the Isolation Room at Croydon University Hospital into a wonderful welcoming space for our young cancer patients. … thank you again for your support.”

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Sparks Medical Research

The Axis Foundation donated a total of £75,000 to Sparks over two years to help them continue their pioneering children’s medical research.

“It’s fantastic to have the ongoing support of the extremely generous Axis Foundation. This will make a big difference to the number of projects we’re able to fund, and really help with our aim to give every child the best possible start in life” Rob Booker, Sparks CEO

Our donations were raised at the Axis Foundation Christmas Charity Ball, our Celebrity Golf Days and by assorted fundraising initiatives undertaken by Axis people.

Why we chose Sparks

John Hayes, Trustee of the Axis Foundation, recognised the importance of Sparks’ contributions to children’s medical research. So he adopted Sparks as one of the Axis Foundation’s charity partners alongside Demelza Hospice Care for Children in 2015.

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Here we are presenting a cheque for £52,751 to Sparks at our Alan Curbishley Classic Charity Golf Day attended by famous faces such as Roy Hodgson and Sir Trevor Brooking (2017).

More about Sparks

Sparks was established in 1991 and has funded over 290 pioneering children’s medical research projects in universities, hospitals and research institutions across both the UK and overseas including in these fields:

  • The 4,000 rare childhood diseases that are yet to have a cure
  • The 50,000 premature births that take place in England and Wales each year, currently the leading cause of the death of children under the age of five
  • 1 in 30 children born in the UK every day which has a condition that will affect them for life

Sparks is now part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity family and supports clinicians and scientists conducting research into treatments and cures of medical conditions affecting children’s health.

“Now more than ever there is real hope for children with complex and rare conditions and with your help we can fun even more pioneering child health research. On behalf of Sparks and everyone at GOSH Charity, thank you so much for your tremendous support” Elvira Morrison, Head of Sparks.

 

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Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

Two donations fund specialist medical equipment and increase comfort for patients.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care for around 2,500 people (per annum). The patients have illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, respiratory disease and neurological conditions. They live mainly in the London Boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley.

The Hospice is vital community resource – a lifeline for so many people and their families in truly difficult times. Their 24-hour care programme offers pain and symptom management as well as psychological care, respite, rehabilitation and end-of-life care.

The Axis Foundation has been delighted to make two donations to help the hospice.

Providing comfort

In 2017, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice sought funding to buy pressure care mattresses for their 17-bed in-patient unit. The unit cares for around 400 patients per year. We donated £4,000 which enabled the hospice to purchase two specialist mattresses. These dramatically improved the comfort of those experiencing pain and discomfort due to their illness.

“The mattresses really help those in our wards to be comfortable in their beds, with a special system allowing the patient to make the mattress as hard or soft as they want.

“When we get donations specifically for specialist medical equipment it means that we can improve the comfort and experience for patients. It gives the staff peace of mind because they know that they have the best equipment to help the people that they care for.

“I’d like to say thank you for what you’ve done to support us. The charitable donations that we receive are really important for us as they help us continue to deliver our care.” Kate Heaps, Chief Executive

We are so fortunate to be gifted pressure relieving mattresses for our ward,” says Anne, Healthcare Assistant at the Hospice. “The patients say that they really help to ease their discomfort.”

Earlier donation

In 2013, the Foundation donated £6,000 to purchase six Syringe Drivers, specialist medical equipment administering medicine. These are essential for pain management and symptom control.  A Syringe Driver is a small battery-powered pump carried by the patient. It releases medicine slowly, safely and effectively under the skin. It can be used, for example, when a patient is unable to take tablets.

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Mary Stevens Hospice

Patients living with life limiting illnesses are able to rest in comfort and gain a little more independence through our donation.

The Mary Stevens Hospice delivers high quality palliative care, symptom control and therapy to people living with life limiting illnesses in the Stourbridge area. Last year the hospice provided 66,624 hours of direct care for patients on the In-Patient unit with around 18 patients attending the Day Therapies Clinic per day.

Palliative care often be a painful experience with patients experiencing, anxiety, breathlessness, discomfort and mobility issues as a result of their illness. Each of these issues has a direct and dramatic impact on the self-esteem and emotional wellbeing of a patient and it is therefore important that they are assisted in their daily life.

To help provide some added comfort and independence the charity used our £4,000 donation to purchase 8 riser-recliner chairs. The chairs will really benefit the patients as simple activities such as sitting and standing can be extremely challenging and painful for them. The chairs allow the patients to adjust the position of their seat without the need for assistance, whilst alleviating the pressure and stress on joints and muscles.

The chairs will also reduce the demand and physical strain on the nursing staff by providing the patients with ability to readjust their position themselves.

Alex Winstanley from Mary Stevens Hospice said

“Funding like this enables to continue giving the care that we do. The chairs will be a great help to our patients at the hospice as they will give them comfort and relieve pain. What you’ve enabled us to do is enhance the level of care that we’re able to provide.”

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