Children playing with carers from the London Centre for Children with Cerebral PalsyDonations


Cerebral Palsy charity uses donation to deliver specialist education programme to children in London living with the condition.

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy is the only government approved centre and school in London for children with cerebral palsy. They support children from birth to 11 years old, as well as their families and professionals who work with them.
Cerebral palsy affects about 1 in 400 children and the lives of an estimated 50,000 people in the London region alone. Typically this condition results in movement disorders, but many sufferers also have significant learning disabilities, limited communication skills and additional disabilities such as epilepsy, hearing and visual impairment.
The Axis Foundation is supporting a specialist education programme offered by the charity to around 35 babies, toddlers and young children by donating £3,500.

The programme uses a system of learning called Conductive Education, for which the donation will provide sensory equipment to the Parent and Child groups run at the centre in Muswell Hill, North London.
This style of learning helps teach children to develop their capabilities, however limited, so they can be as independent as possible. The children are taught using language built around physical tasks, sensory equipment and songs which reinforce tasks.

Anna Salamonowicz, Head of Fundraising at LCCCP explains “The educational items purchased by The Axis Foundation are enhancing the curriculum and enabling pupils to maximise the skills they learn in Conductive Education. As a result, pupils have improved their communication skills and ability to learn. Each child has also developed and improved their physical skills and overall cognitive functions, which is reducing their need for care and assistance with everyday activities.
Items purchased included three multi-sensory story books, switch-adapted toys (Cassy the singing bear), curriculum resources for science (jumbo magnifiers), skeletons, colour-changing pebbles, story cushions, a classroom tidy and a Nintendo Wii.
Children are benefiting greatly from their new educational resources because it allows them to understand topics in science, literacy and PHSE (personal, social and health education) lessons. We are very grateful for the help from The Axis Foundation.”

It is hoped the equipment donated by the Axis Foundation will contribute to the programmes ability to teach the children how to gain greater control of their bodies and so improve their mobility, balance, communication, co-ordination and posture.In particular, hands are often fisted in cerebral palsy, so cannot be used purposefully. Through Conductive Education and the use of sensory equipment, the children learn how to hold on to and manipulate objects. This helps them use everyday items like pencils, spoons, and switches.

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Charlie Randell Fund

Axis Foundation donates £5,000 towards an operation that will give thirteen-year-old Charlie the use of his legs.

Charlie has suffered from Spastic Cerebral Palsy since birth, meaning that he is unable to control his limbs. The debilitating condition prevents him from being able to walk independently.

The Axis Foundation has answered a plea from Charlie’s family to help contribute towards his £55,000 operation, giving him a new lease of independence. Charlie’s family and friends have worked exceptionally hard to raise the rest of the money needed through fundraising events such as raffles, a school disco, race nights, a zumbathon and various ad hoc donations.

£5,000 from the Axis Foundation will go towards a life-enhancing operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, that aims to isolate the nerves that send ‘bad’ signals from the brain to the legs and hopefully give Charlie more control of the movement in his lower body. If the operation is successful, Charlie should become more flexible and be able to do more things – his ultimate aim is to be able to dress himself.

Charlie’s mum, Amanda Randell: “Everyone who has supported us has been fantastic and that includes Axis. This is a huge single donation and we have been blessed to have been awarded it. The money will be a massive help – we cannot stress how grateful we are”.

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Quest Specialist School

The Axis Foundation donates a new minibus to the Quest Specialist School, providing greater freedom for Autistic students.

Quest Specialist School takes pupils from age 5-19 years across the autistic spectrum. The school helps students to develop appropriate behaviour, communication and functional life skills, which will assist them to lead independent lives in the future.

£20,000 from the Axis donation has covered the cost of a brand new minibus for the school so that they can take students on school trips. Out-of-school visits allow pupils to practice practical skills in the real world, such as using shops, cafes and libraries as independently as possible.

In addition, the minibus transports students to sporting activities such as physiotherapy classes, swimming and trampolining.

“The work being done by the Quest School is truly inspirational and is providing disadvantaged young people with genuine life changing opportunities. We hope that by donating this minibus the Axis Foundation will help the students at the school to further develop through expanded community activities”. Axis Foundation Chairman Peter Varney

The severity of Autism suffered by children at the Quest School means they require one on one care by qualified staff. Many have been excluded from attending mainstream special schools so would otherwise have very little exposure to activities where they can interact with other children.

Ashley Carter-Mepsted Development Manager, The Quest School:

“Before Axis Foundation so kindly helped us, we were struggling with an old, unreliable and costly minibus. The donation of a brand new bus has enabled us to undertake journeys with much more confidence, and we are now able to travel longer distances than previously.”

Now that they have a more reliable minibus, the specialist school can take students to more exciting and far-flung destinations:

“Recently, our pupils have experienced trips to London museums, the South coast to the Sea Life centre and trips that we would never have dared to attempt in the old bus. The pupils absolutely love the space, comfort and the opportunities that the bus has bought them. Thank you to everyone at Axis Foundation for making this possible.”

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Surrey Sands

Axis Foundation’s donation helps maintain core support services for grieving families.

Surrey SANDS is a self-funded organisation that provides support for anyone grieving the death of a baby.

The management committee and befrienders are all volunteers and have all experienced the death of a baby. They know exactly what impact this has on a family.

Our donation of £500 will help the charity to deliver support for grieving families. The donation ensures that the staff of Surrey SANDS have sufficient facilities to continue services such as their helpline, newsletters and booklets, memorial events, support meetings and more.

Surrey SANDS chairlady, Kate Price said: “Naturally, everything we work towards comes at a cost. As a charity we don’t aim to make a profit and all our income is used for the benefit of our members. The majority of our income is generated from our service beneficiaries, their families and friends, so we really appreciate Axis’ donation and are immensely grateful.”

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Harrison Smith Fund

Little Harry’s illness limits his mobility; to help him see more of the world, his parents can purchase a specialist car seat thanks to our donation.

At 13 months, genetic tests diagnosed Harry Smith with 1p36 Deletion Syndrome. This chromosome deficiency affects Harry’s growth, development, speech, hearing, sight, mobility, digestion and motor skills.

Harry’s grandparents set up the ‘Harrison Smith Future Care Fund’ to provide for his future care and Harry’s family and friends host fundraising events including a Valentine’s Day ball which raised £10,000.

Harry’s family also applied to the Axis Foundation for £500 Axis Foundation to purchase a specialist car seat, which we were delighted to grant.

The new, lightweight car seat provides added comfort and support through extra-firm armrests. Most importantly, it has a padded swivel base which makes transferring Harry from his wheelchair into the car a much easier process.

“Before we had the new seat it was difficult to transfer Harry without making him feel uncomfortable and hurting our backs leaning into the car” explained Jenny, Harry’s mum.

“We would just like to thank you for donating Harry’s new specialist car seat. It swivels so Harry can be lifted into the car so much easier and is so much more comfortable for him. It will last for a very long time as there is lots of room in it for Harry to grow.”

Child learning horse riding at the Ebony Horse ClubDonations

Ebony Horse Club

Axis Foundation funds horse riding lessons for youngsters in Inner London.

Ebony Horse Club is a charity that runs a horse riding programme for young people in inner-city communities. The project benefits social housing residents from the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth. It enables children aged 8-16 to experience an activity rarely available in urban areas.

£2479 from the Axis Foundation will pay for 72 children to participate in a two day horse riding introduction course. Keen riders can then to take part in a six-week follow-on programme, also covered by the donations.

“We know from the success of two pilot projects that there is a strong and consistent interest in horse riding from children living in these communities,” explained Neighbourhood Investment Officer, Maud Gambier-Ellis. “Unfortunately very few families in social housing can afford to access this type of activity for their children, so they miss out.”

The charity has over 16 years experience working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and has recently opened in Loughborough (Lambeth), one of the most deprived wards in the country.

Children are encouraged to take part in many other educational activities including: educational visits, residential trips, and being sponsored for equestrian studies.

Axis Foundation Trustee, John Hayes: “We’re happy to support a cause that provides children with limited opportunities the ability to gain new experiences and skills, in this case the basics of horse riding and caring for animals. But that will also help with the wider development of their listening, communication and team working skills.”

Axis MD Joe Ibrahim hands over new mini bus to the Tabor Centre.Disability

Tabor Centre

Fun days out can be enjoyed by disabled members of the community through our latest donation of a minibus to day centre.

“Your donation and this vehicle will enhance the lives of our severely disabled members,” Tabor Centre Manager, Anthea Cooper.

The Tabor Centre in Essex provides daytime care for over 80 severely disabled adults and respite for their full time family carers.
The Axis Foundation donation part-funded the purchase of a wheelchair accessible minibus, used to transport members comfortably and safely.

Anthea explained in her funding application “accessible transport is key to our service, without it we cannot operate as our members disabilities mean they’re unable to travel in conventional ways. The day trips this vehicle will facilitate are the only opportunity for many of our members to leave their home and meet other people.

The Tabor Centre has been active for over twenty years, providing professional care and support to severely disabled adults, about 50% of whom have Multiple Sclerosis. The day centre provides educational classes, counselling, therapy and importantly a congenial and friendly atmosphere for people that visit.
Our ultimate aims are the rehabilitation of our members to enable them to participate and become part of their local community and for their carers to have a better quality of life.

Children with austism and learning disabilities at Tae Kwando club at Woodside SchoolDonations

Woodside School

Funding from the Axis Foundation launches two after-school clubs at Woodside School, providing an outlet for children with autism and learning difficulties to learn new skills and socialise.

Woodside School in Bexley supports 215 children with Autism and learning difficulties. A donation of £2,700 from the Axis Foundation has enabled the school to launch two new extra-curricular clubs; an art club and a Tae Kwando club. Both after-school activities will provide an outlet for children to express their energy and creativity and encourage them to build new friendships with their peers.

The school approached the Axis Foundation after their Government funding was cancelled, removing their ability to provide engaging extracurricular activities.

“In addition to the challenges our pupils face with their disabilities, most come from families deemed as financially disadvantaged, which adds additional barriers to them accessing activities outside of school.” Audrey Chamberlain Head Teacher, Woodside School

Both clubs have enjoyed excellent attendance and feedback from the school is that the classes have been well received by the children, and the students who attend regularly have shown improvement in behaviour.

“Both the Art and Tae Kwando after school clubs have now started and the children are enthusiastic and very keen to take part. We used the donation given by the Axis Foundation to buy IT equipment for the art club and safety equipment for the Tae Kwando club which has helped massively.The children are very much enjoying the two new clubs and we couldn’t have done this without the help of The Axis Foundation. Thank you from everyone at Woodside School.” Audrey Chamberlain

Demelza nurse plays with a child at Demelza Hospice.Demelza

Demelza 2012

Emily, a Community Nurse, offers respite care to Demelza’s children in south London. Emily’s services are funded by our latest donation.

Over seven years, our Foundation has contributed to Demelza’s Adopt a Nurse Scheme, to refurbishing the Hospice’s facilities (including a sorting warehouse) and to build a new hospice.
Specifically this year, the Axis Foundation’s 2012 donation funds Community Nurse, Emily. Emily works in South London and provides respite care to local sick children and their families.
To date, donations from Axis and the Axis Foundation have funded eight specialist nurses at the Hospice, to provide the vital one-to-one care that children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions need.

At the cheque presentation of the Axis Foundation’s donation of £40,000 in 2012, Demelza and the families they care for sent a big thank you to Axis in the form of a Long Term Supporter Award recognising all the support, volunteering and fundraising contributed by the Foundation.

Presenting the Award Natalie Tegg, Demelza’s Head of Partnerships said “This is a well-deserved award for the Axis Foundation for all their hard work and dedicated support for Demelza.

“Your help allows the charity to continue providing its invaluable care to over 800 children and their families across the South East.
“A huge thank you, from all the families and staff at Demelza, to everyone at Axis for their tireless efforts and enthusiasm in raising money for the charity.”

Accepting the award on behalf of all the Axis people who made the Foundation’s 2012 donation possible, Sandie Ryan, Axis Business Support Director, said “It is your compassion for the Demelza cause and hard work that has resulted in this sizeable donation that we know will make a real difference to these very special children.”

The Axis Foundation’s 2012 donation of £40,000 was added to the £21,000 donated via Just Giving that year, making our grand total £61,000.

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King’s College MS Trust

More people living with Multiple Sclerosis are supported through our two donations to hospital charity.

The Kings College Hospital Multiple Sclerosis charity is dedicated in providing multiple sclerosis support. With over 100,000 people living with MS in the UK it’s crucial charities like this exist.
The charity provides suffers with vital support with specialist nurses and doctors trained to help sufferers live as active a lifestyle as possible. Through the charity, they also access to all the professional advice and information that will help them make the right choices for them.

The MS Trust is the definitive source of information for people affected by MS and is the primary provider of education for MS health care professionals.
The Axis Foundation donated a grand sum of £17,000 to the charity through matching the funds raised at an Axis charity disco and from the generous donations of Axis employees. The funding will contribute to palliative care for people with advanced MS.

“MS is a cruel and unpredictable disease,” explained Axis’ Claire Richardson, who knows first had the effects of the disease. “The research into better management of MS and support for people affected by the disease makes a real difference to the lives of those living with it.”