Two children who attend Kids Care playing on jungle gym.Disability

Kids Care

Children with special needs attend special sleepaway camp thanks to our donations.

Kids Care London runs a summer sleep-away camp called Camp Horizons for children and young people with special needs.

The children are from low-income families who are unable to meet the cost of any holiday let alone that of a special residential camp designed for the specific needs of children with conditions like Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Asperger’s Syndrome.

These kids are often excluded from accessing mainstream sport and leisure opportunities which require a high level of support.

The Axis Foundation made three donations to Kid Care London, totalling £18,000 (£5,500 in 2013, £5,500 in 2015 and £7,000 in 2016). These donations covered the cost of transport and entrance fees to Camp Horizons in Newham including at Olympic Park and Beckton.

“We wish you could have been there to share the children’s extreme joy. They really enjoyed their time on these fantastic trips. Thanks to the remarkable people at the Axis Foundation, once again, the sun shone on the children,” said Hannah Friedman, Kids Care London Director.

At Camp Horizons, the two-week summer programme is specifically designed to promote independence, participation and social interaction. The programme also develops confidence and self-esteem.

Whilst enjoying indoor and outdoor activities including music, drama and sporting events, children with special needs meet other children just like themselves. They overcome challenges and embrace new opportunities. And because of the tranquillity of the rural surroundings they can really connect with nature and the great outdoors.

“When you donated to Camp Horizon, your grant immediately went to work transforming the lives of so many children with special needs who joined our programme this summer. I want you to know that we truly could not have impacted all these children and their families without your help” – Debra Addis, Camp Horizon

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Mayble, the Maypole Minibus!

The Maypole Project is a charity which provides a lifeline of support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in south east London.

The long and happy relationship between Maypole and the Axis Foundation dates back to 2016. The Foundation donated a minibus to The Maypole Project. Christened Mayble, the minibus transports over 500 children a year to different events and activities. Mayble also carries parents who lack transport to support groups, events and activities.

Sally Flatteau Taylor, Founder and CEO of Maypole, said: “Everyone at The Maypole Project was absolutely amazed and delighted to hear that we were successful in our bid to gain a minibus. It will make a huge impact on the services we can provide to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families – where transport is frequently a major block to access. We will also be able to develop activities and outings that we have, until this point, put on hold! A winning asset all round – thank you Axis!”

Maypole parent Ros Luff said: “I think it’s brilliant. So many of us struggle just with the day-to-day and to get to a place is difficult. It will be great to get on the minibus and support the child there rather than have the child in the back of a small car, trying to take their seat belt off.”

Another Maypole parent told us: “We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the team at Axis for donating our wonderful minibus, Mayble. The Maypole Project organises lots of wonderful outings in their minibus which enable my child with special needs to be alongside their siblings … we think it’s absolutely amazing. Thank you to the team at Axis for donating Mayble, we would be lost without The Maypole Project’s support.”

Funding toys and equipment

Axis Foundation made a further donation (£9,000, 2017) which helped purchase sensory toys and a wheelchair lift.

Sally Flatteau Taylor said: “Those who are chronically ill get great joy out of playing with sensory toys. The wheelchair lift gives direct and easy access to the family support room and the toilet which has been incredibly helpful for the children and their families. It has helped us support so many more children. It gives the children better access inside and outside of the building. The support from the Axis Foundation is amazing  is phenomenal for our charity. We really do appreciate it. It’s been really good to have the Axis Foundation’s support and belief in the work that we do.”

Building a Sensory Barn for Maypole

In 2018 Axis Apprentices created a Sensory Barn in Maypole’s garden. This enabled all Maypole children to play safely in a stimulating and interactive room. It had long been on the wish list at Maypole and Axis was happy to help out.

The full story with pictures and video is here!

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CHAT

Donation provides much-needed rest and days out for all members of Buckinghamshire families with children who have special needs.

CHAT Children’s Respite Charity helps families with children who have special needs in Buckinghamshire. They offer short-term respite care including at-home care packages for (each year) helping approximately 70 people, alongside family day trips for approximately 40 people.

A little money goes a long way to help CHAT: just £20 funds an hour of respite care and can alleviate the depression and resentment towards the sick child which are common within such families as siblings often lose out on quality time with their parents.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £500 will fund summer day trips for careworn families to Gulliver’s Land Theme Park in Milton Keynes. The days out will provide entertainment and holiday spirit as well as much-needed respite from care. On top of transport and entrance tickets, the money we donated will contribute towards providing carers to assist the families on the day out.

Anthea Cass, Charity Fundraiser at CHAT said: “It is a round-the-clock job caring for a sick child, and there is little opportunity for rest or for quality time with other family members. On behalf of CHAT and our families with children who have special needs whom we support I would like to thank Axis for your generous donation. Without the support of organisations like yourself we would be unable to provide these families with the respite care they so need. The respite that CHAT provides to these families is a life line. Thank you.”

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Blooming Blossoms

Our donation to this free learning centre in Hackney helps disabled and disadvantaged children lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £4,500 to Blooming Blossoms will contribute to providing specialist therapeutic equipment which will help disabled and disadvantaged children to lead independent lives.

The equipment purchased includes a Frame (to be used in conjunction with sensory swings, platforms and bolsters); a Steamroller Deluxe; a Helicopter Swing and a Stargate Swing.

“The donation from the Axis Foundation will make a massive difference in the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children Without the support of Blooming Blossoms many of these children will fail in their education and social lives. On their behalf I say thank you!” said Kayla Lew, Funding Officer at Blooming Blossoms.

Based in the London Borough of Hackney, Blooming Blossoms supports approximately 80 children on a regular basis and upwards of 160 children through the drop-in options and out-of-hours Sunday-funday sessions and holiday play schemes.

Happy Haven here is a state-of-the-art Therapy Centre which offers both conventional and holistic therapies (including Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language, Drama Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy) so that children can hone and improve crucial life skills.
The children attending the learning centre are all from low-income homes and families: Blooming Blossoms offers their therapeutic services to all children referred to them, free of charge.

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Arts For All

We helped vulnerable adults with learning disabilities benefit from learning holiday.

Arts for All helps vulnerable adults with learning disabilities. At the Shoreditch-based charity, friendship and acceptance replace isolation and low self-esteem. Members build up their confidence through working creatively with peers. Here they can learn arts and crafts including drawing, textiles, jewellery and silver-smithing.

Our donation of £5,000 (2018)  funded a holiday to Devon. On the holiday, teachers delivered arts and crafts sessions. Members all took every opportunity for activity (swimming, go-karting, golf, badminton, Bollywood dancing, archery, snooker) discarding their sedentary lives with enthusiasm. They all brought home a new skill or hobby once the holiday was over – the best memento!

Life changing holiday

Caroline Barlow, Manager and Founder of Arts For All, said: “Each person felt they had learned new things that they never thought that they could do. They have come back to London armed with expertise and walking taller. They all know that they did really well and it has made them really feel that they have something positive to offer.

“All in all this was the most amazing, brilliant adventure.They grew in confidence, learned new creative techniques to bring back to the group in London and they were active all week…

“Above all the most important thing to me is how HAPPY they all were. They stepped away from their often difficult, isolated and mundane lives into a holiday of friends, fun and a lot of laughter!!

We are so grateful for this funding from The Axis Foundation who have made this holiday possible. Once again, thank you so much.”

See our video celebrating our 10th birthday in 2019 and find out how Arts for All used our donation – and whom we helped.

 

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Newlife Foundation

Axis Foundation donates towards specialist equipment for two young children with disabilities, helping to improve their quality of life

Ryan, 8 years old, and Olivia, seven years old, are supported by Newlife – the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illnesses.

Olivia has a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system. Axis donated £2,899 towards a specialist bed that will improve her quality of life and provide relief for both herself and her family.

Ryan’s disability means he has to be hoisted in and out of his wheelchair whenever he needs to use the bathroom, have a wash or go to bed. There is a ceiling track hoist in his home but Ryan’s family were very limited to where they could take Ryan. The Axis Foundation donated £1,020 towards a portable hoist for Ryan, meaning that they can take him to exciting new places for longer periods.

Ryan’s Mum, Victoria, said:
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the Axis Foundation for their support of Newlife and our family – this will make a big difference. Having a portable hoist that we can put in the boot of the car and take with us wherever we want to go will make a huge difference to Ryan’s life. There are endless possibilities. Ryan has never been able to play in a paddling pool in the garden but this summer he will be able to enjoy this simple pleasure. We will be able to be more adventurous about where we go for days out with Ryan and even consider a family holiday.”

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Lifelong Family Links

Axis Foundation aids charity in transporting children with disabilities to exciting new places.

Lifelong Family Links provides short breaks and stimulating outings for children and young people with medium to severe disabilities. These include Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Special Educational Needs and a range of physical and sensory disabilities. They give lifts to 560 young people, enabling them to lead fuller and more stimulating lives.

Our donation of £3,000 helped to purchase a new car for the charity, assisting them in transporting children with disabilities to activity programmes. The car is wheelchair accessible and will transport disadvantaged young people to social activities, family outings, swim clubs and more.

Lifelong Family Links was initially set up in 1982 to support children with disabilities and their parents in the Lambeth area. They now run afterschool clubs, holiday play schemes, a befriending service, an allotment gardening project and a Saturday club for over 200 disabled children/young people.

“It’s not fair that these children are socially disadvantaged without access to the same leisure or transport experiences as other young people,” commented Axis Foundation Trustee, Joe Ibrahim. “We hope that this donation will provide enjoyable experiences for the children in a safe and comfortable environment with professional carers.”

Previous Support

Carers and children from Lambeth Family Link gather for a picture.

In 2012, the Foundation donated £2,500 to the charity, which funded their summer activity programme. The grant covered the cost of mini-bus transport, carer support and sporting activities including swimming, wall-climbing, football and horse riding. These activities are otherwise inaccessible to the children and their families due to the extra support they require.

“The LFL is extremely grateful for the Axis Foundation’s support. Without funding, the Summer playscheme for these disabled children simply couldn’t happen,” explained Lambeth Family Link’s Marva Trenton. “Then these young people, especially those with severe autism and severe disabilities, would most likely be sitting at home for the duration of the summer holidays because it is a struggle for their parents to take them out.”

 

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Communicate2U

Donation buys equipment to help people with learning disabilities advise, train and communicate with potential employers.

Communicate2U provides help for people with learning disabilities who – unless we address their issues – can face reduced educational and employment opportunities – ultimately, a pathway to poor mental health and poverty.

At Communicate 2U there are teams of Occupational Therapy (OT) staff and Communication Experts (a person with a learning disability or other vulnerable communicator, trained to teach others about communication). They have three clear aims: (1) To empower staff in health, social care, education and business with the skills and confidence to communicate with vulnerable people 2) To change the attitudes of employers towards employing a person with additional needs and (3) To provide pathways for our most vulnerable people into paid employment.

For example, Communicate2U have audited written and non-verbal communication at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and advised on designing a sensory-friendly mental health drop-in centre. The intention is to create a more inclusive environment for those with communicational needs.

The Axis Foundation’s Donation of £2000 will go towards purchasing vital equipment including laptops, cameras, a projector and a screen as well as a printer, USB sticks and a mobile phone. This will enable them to provide more effective training and as a result, more wide-reaching help for people with learning disabilities.

Dear Axis Foundation,

We wanted to say a massive thank you for giving us money to buy equipment. It was great going shopping with so much money and we got the chance to choose what we wanted. With all the equipment, it means we are set up to prepare presentations, use the projector, and screen for use as a teaching aid. We can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much,

From all the students and interns at Communicate 2U. 

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Freddie Farmer Foundation

Axis Foundation contributes towards equipment that enables disabled children to walk.

We’ve donated £7,500 to the Freddie Farmer Foundation, supporting their programme of providing physiotherapy for disabled childrenOur contribution helped the charity to purchase a LokoHelp electromechanical gait trainer.

Karen Smith, Charity Officer at the Freddie Farmer Foundation, explained how the new equipment helps disabled children with their mobility:

“The LokoHelp electromechanical gait trainer works with children in an upright position to enable them to walk in the correct walking pattern.
“It builds up the leg muscles required for walking and encourages a more effective application of therapy in all phases of gait training.”

Thanking the Foundation, Karen continues:

“Ninety percent of our children already benefit from the LokoHelp electromechanical gait trainer which we have been able to purchase with your donation.
“It really makes a difference and has been invaluable to us. The £7,500 donation also completes our £55,000 campaign total. We are really, really happy – it has been hard but we have hit our target now. So a huge thank you from us to you.”

The children who attend the Freddie Farmer Foundation predominantly suffer from Cerebral Palsy like Freddie Farmer. The centre provides physiotherapy for disabled children aged between 3 and 16 years old, and although most are from the local area in Bromley, some travel all the way from Scotland, Yorkshire and Malta to receive treatment.

See our video – find out how the Freddie Farmer spent our donation and whom they helped

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Festival Spirit

Foundation turns dreams into reality by bringing festival experience to life-limited and disabled people.

Festival Spirit is passionate about providing magical festival experiences for life-limited and disabled people. The charity ensures that their guests can attend such festivals and have the time of their lives whilst there.

“For four days, I was Lucy. I was a young adult. I was a festival-goer. I was part of a group. I was doing something many people do. I was myself. I was not a ‘disabled’ young adult, or a ‘disabled’ festival-goer, or a ‘disabled’ group member, I was simply me.” Lucy, attending WOMAD with Festival Spirit

Steve Clarke, Trustee, explained how the £5,100 award from the Axis Foundation helped them continue in their mission to provide festival experiences for life-limited and disabled people:

“The money donated has enabled us to purchase vital equipment to ensure we are able to provide the very best facilities and support to our guests. In particular, we have bought two high-quality hoists for bed/chair transfers and changing and a range of kitchen equipment. Our festival brunches are becoming famous!

“It makes a huge difference to our guests knowing that they can be confident they will have access to all the equipment they need through a festival weekend. We couldn’t achieve such success without the support we get from organisations like Axis.

“We were delighted to be able to make three festivals accessible in 2017. The donation we received from Axis was really important to us and the equipment we purchased was greatly appreciated by the attendees.”

More about Festival Spirit

Many music festivals simply cannot offer the full festival experience for life-limited and disabled people as they cannot accommodate the special requirements.
Festival Spirit lays on a specially-adapted marquee (with hard flooring, heating and electricity) which are close to disabled facilities such as showers and toilets, as well as full electric hospital beds, shower chairs/commodes and a curtained-off private sleeping area. There are camp beds for carers too, and ‘buddies’ who assist the guests and their carers travelling around the site.

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