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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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Otakar Kraus Music Trust

The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) provides affordable music therapy and music projects for people of all ages with physical, learning, mental or neurological disability or illness.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £8,000 to the Twickenham-based charity will enable seven pupils to attend OK Music School. Here qualified music therapists teach children and young people with disabilities to play instruments or sing and perform in public.

Many children with additional needs respond to music therapy when nothing else will reach them: and OK Music School has certainly transformed lives.

Whilst at the school, their isolation is reduced as they interact and make friends; they gain communication skills, and become more confident; Improved listening skills and focus help their learning at school and performing makes them feel happier, proud of their achievements and part of the community. Some children have passed Royal School of Music exams, and some have performed on national radio.

The children say:

‘It makes me feel good about myself – I can do something well!’

“I love music because it gives me confidence and it takes me away from the pressures of real life. I make more friends here than anywhere else”

Parents say:

“OK Music School has been amazing helping my daughter to gain confidence and improve her memory and listening skills. She is able to verbalise that she is proud of herself.”

‘E has blossomed, she had very low self-esteem when we started as she was unable to attend school due to her severe anxieties. It has been a Godsend for her mental health.’

“We are delighted that the Axis Foundation has approved our application to enable seven pupils with disabilities to attend OK Music School for 36 weeks. This will make a huge difference to our work and allow more children to enjoy the benefits of learning and performing music”- Valerie Roy, Fundraising Manager, OKMT

The Axis Foundation celebrates its 10th Birthday this year. Read more about our decade of donations and share the good news #10YrsGiving

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Sandwell Asian Development Association

Sandwell Asian Development Association (SADA), preventing young people from engaging in crime and antisocial behaviour, receives donation of £1000.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of  £1000 to SADA purchased computer and boxing equipment to support the scheme.

West Midlands Police plus local youth services and the probation service refer young people to SADA . Ex-world boxing champion Ritchie Woodhall also supports SADA.

SADA opened in the Alpine Gymnasium and Community Centre in West Bromwich, West Midlands in 2012. The centre runs amateur boxing classes, weight training, cardio sessions and boxercise classes as well as a homework support club.

The Inner City Boxing Scheme is an eight-week course for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Ten young people are given the opportunity to be trained in amateur boxing by professional trainers. At the end of the course the youngsters get to see a boxing show and continue with their fitness training with experts.

Commenting on the success of SADA , which prevents young people from engaging in crime and antisocial behaviour, a service user said: “The boxing training has helped me to improve as a person and respect my elders. Thank you”

 

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Bee Urban

Axis helps to improve facilities at a local bee-keeping charity in the heart of London.

Bee Urban is a honeybee-centric social enterprise promoting ecologically-sound practice around urban greening, building, farming and particularly bee-keeping.

It’s not just about bees however! Over 4,000 people a year visit the site in Kennington. At Bee Urban they work with disadvantaged, vulnerable people including those with mental health needs and learning difficulties. Local pupils learn about the environment, regeneration and wildlife in curriculum-relevant workshops and Volunteers are always welcome.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £5,000 will contribute to making important improvements at the premises of this valuable local resource.

These include: creating more planting space – to support the honey bees and to increase local biodiversity; improving the hardstanding to make the site safer and more accessible – particularly for those with mobility issues – and supporting a new aquaponics system.

“The funds from Axis Europe will help us to improve the accessibility of our garden space, enhancing the experience for elderly and disabled people who wish to access the grounds. We have wanted to make these improvements for a while but have lacked the resources to do so. The funds will make this possible and will improve everyone’s experience at Bee Urban. Thank You Axis.”
Barnaby Shaw, Bee Urban

The Axis Foundation reached a decade of donations this year. Read more about our 10th Birthday here and share the good news #10YrsGiving

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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

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First Halesworth Scout Group

Axis supports First Halesworth Scout Group, benefitting its 70 young members and the wider community

As members of the Suffolk based First Halesworth Scout Group, children and young people aged 6-25 learn many life skills, an appreciation of nature and respect for the world around them.

They engage in activities including climbing, camping, first aid, Duke of Edinburgh’s awards, archery and air rifle shooting, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, hill walking, international travel, to name but a few. The Scout Group has 70 members in total, all of whom are young people from Halesworth and the surrounding villages.

Seventeen leaders and helpers lead and support the group and all its community activities – they are all volunteers. Some of the current leaders were members of the Scout Group when they were young.

The Axis Foundation donated £5,000 to help refurbish the Scout Hall. The improvements include replacing the corrugated flat roof – as the kitchen, toilet and kitchen areas are greatly damaged by leaks – fully refurbishing the toilet and cloakroom facilities and replacing rotting flooring.

The local community uses the hall too, so the benefits will be felt by many local people who regard the Scout Group, which recently celebrated its Centenary, as a vital part of the rural Halesworth community.

“The refurbishment to our scout hut will benefit both existing members and future members, greatly improving the time spent in the HQ by members and leaders… The improvements may also enable us to let the hall to other organizations which would give us a small income.”
Nigel Busby, Project Manager at First Halesworth Scout Group

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Simon’s Heroes

Foundation grant helps to provide sensory log cabin for schoolchildren at a special school.

Simon’s Heroes supports life-limited and disabled children in Tamworth, Staffordshire. They provide, for example, mobility equipment, wheelchairs, frames, profiling beds, sensory equipment, bedroom makeovers and short breaks for families and children when time is short and precious.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £3,000 will help Simon’s Heroes with their project at local special needs school Two Rivers in Tamworth. The donation will contribute to providing a sensory log cabin, where essential therapy sessions will be held.

Here, 120 children whose disabilities range from cystic fibrosis to cerebral palsy, downs syndrome and the full autism spectrum will use the cabin which will continue to improve the experience of children attending the school for years to come.

“The sensory lodge will be a calming and peaceful area for individual children to use to carry out their therapy session. With the sensory equipment and space, this is the perfect area away from the main school building.

“We can’t thank Axis enough for their generosity. To be able to provide the sensory lodge is a dream come true not only for us, but for the children now and in the future.” Justin Haywood Chairman

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Equinox Care

Axis Foundation provides an accessible bathroom for a drug & alcohol detoxification centre in London.

Open 24/7, 365 days a year Equinox at Brook Drive provides medically supervised alcohol and drug detoxification programmes for people aged 18+. Many service users have other needs including mental and physical health needs and challenging life circumstances.

Through Axis’ cyclical decorations contract with L&Q, Catherine Weedon, Client Liaison Manager at Axis, visited Equinox. She explains:

“During my meeting and walk around with Mark Masterson, Equinox Manager, I found out that their bathroom was in need of some TLC: it was not really fit for purpose.

“I realised the magnitude of help the Equinox centre provided. And I saw – by helping – we could give something back and would be exercising all our Axis core values.”

Catherine therefore alerted the Axis Foundation to the needs of the centre: the Foundation provided funds of £5,600 and Axis people volunteered to refurbish the bathroom at Equinox, turning it into a wet room with new tiling and new flooring and also installing a new shower, sink and toilet – all within two weeks!

“We’ve worked with Axis for six years now, and during that time they’ve regularly been involved with the CSR projects in our areas. Their involvement here and over the years has been fantastic.”Carolle Downer, Planned Projects Manager at L&Q Group

“When Cathy magically secured funding I was gobsmacked! Accessibility is very important to us. Now we have an accessible bathroom and toilet for all our residents and service users.” Mark Masterson, Equinox Manager

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Speak Easy NOW

Axis Foundation donates to a self-advocacy charity, helping to support an information day for people with learning disabilities and their carers.

 

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Speak Easy NOW is a Worcestershire-based self-advocacy charity run by people with learning disabilities.

Two hundred members speak up about things that are important to them, representing the unheard voices of 2,000 people in Worcestershire.

In May 2019 some members with learning disabilities hosted an information day for people with learning disabilities and family carers to help them prepare for growing older and end of life. The day included advice on how to stay happy and healthy in older adulthood, information about wills, property and the law and signposting and practical tips. These are difficult topics and People with Learning Difficulties are often totally excluded from conversations pertaining to their life, and death.

The members of the self-advocacy charity used the donation from the Axis Foundation, alongside other fundraising, to commission some professional filmmakers to create a social media film about the event, about the members own experiences of loss, and the steps they have taken to plan ahead for their own future.

The video will be used as a vital communication tool delivering important information on this topic. Speak Easy NOW hopes that it will inspire other families to have open and honest conversations around growing older and end of life.

“The donation from Axis was very important to us because it helped us make the video. It is very important for people with learning disabilities to understand this information and to feel more secure about the future.”
Pat Roberts, Member of People’s Parliament

“The donation from Axis was vital to making our video. Donations like this make a world of difference to self-advocacy charity like ours, and allow us to put our members’ ideas into action.” Holly Yuille, People’s Parliament Co-ordinator

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Beyond The Streets

Beyond the Streets is a national charity working to create routes out of prostitution. They believe women involved in prostitution should have access to reliable information and support; that they should be treated fairly, positively and respectfully and there should be genuine alternatives to a life of prostitution.

Working directly with women, and offering a safe space to be heard, and a chance to talk with someone who understands, the charity helps women make a practical plan of achievable steps – a route out.

Beyond the Streets also offer a free and confidential callback service, Beyond Service, and email support as well as groups and online forums, Gathered Voices. They also work with public sector, health and charity practitioners and run awareness raising workshops and projects.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £5000 supports Beyond the Streets’ Door of Hope project offering hope, support and routes out of prostitution for women involved in on-street prostitution in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London.

“Thank you for the generous donation… Your support will enable our Door of Hope team to continue to provide specialist support and genuine routes out for women involved in prostitution on the streets of the East End.

You are ensuring that we can reach more women to offer consistency and a compassionate response to overcome the barriers they face. Thank you for standing with us, we are stronger with your support to tackle sexual exploitation in our community”

Josephine Knowles, Co-Director for Services

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DOOR OF HOPE CASE STUDY kindly provided by Beyond the Streets
N’s story

N has had a relationship with Door of Hope team for a number of years through our outreach team, who met her dozens of times while she was selling sex on the streets of Whitechapel.

Initially she was reluctant to have anything to do with our outreach volunteers, but over time she began to smile and then accept some of the items we give out to women, eventually giving her number to one of the team. One of our Women’s Support Worker’s called her and arranged to meet in a café. Contact was sporadic, dependent on whether N had a phone at the time or if she came to our drop-in session. She began attending the drop in fairly regularly, sometimes for advice, other times to take part in  activities and enjoy some respite.

Our team would help her access services she needed, supporting her to apply for accommodation. One time we started a universal credit claim, sadly, like many women we work with – she wasn’t able to keep up with the follow up appointments and the claim was closed.

She went to prison on several occasions and was visited by one of our Women’s Support Workers there. Prison was a time of rest and reflection – she left with hope for her future and the changes she was going to make.

The first time she was released on her own, she went straight back to drugs.The second time she was released our Women’s Support Worker met her at the gate and we restarted her Universal Credit application together on the train back to London. Amazingly, she kept with her drug treatment for several weeks after release – she received a script and was supported by our team as well as a specialist drugs worker. This was a hopeful time for her and our team, she’d never maintained drug treatment in the community before.

Sadly, she has since relapsed. Although we share her disappointment about this – we know that relapse is a normal part of the recovery journey. She has demonstrated that she can do it and we’ll continue to support her to access drug and alcohol treatment again, as well as supporting her with the root causes of her addiction.

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