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The Douglas Bader Foundation

Axis Foundation donation keeps children flying at Bader Braves Young Aviator days.

For 35 years, the Douglas Bader Foundation has supported people with limb-loss and disabilities. Their Bader Braves Young Aviator Days offer disabled children the chance to fly in a light aircraft. Our pledge of £3000 means that at least 40 more children will take to the skies next year.

All children have the right to realise their aspirations and discover their true potential” – David Bickers, CEO

Flying is a brilliant experience for children because it puts a huge smile on their faces. It’s also fun for the family. As one parent said: “My daughter cannot stand or walk, yet she took to the air like a bird, flying over Pembrokeshire squealing with delight. We had such a wonderful day, brilliant – Thank You!”

Young Aviator Days improve life-skills and increase confidence. They help children push their barriers and focus on what they can do, rather than on what they can’t. The whole day includes picnics, a goodie bag, a DVD, and a certificate of bravery for each child.

“As a charity we rely on the generosity of donations,” says David Bickers, CEO. “They enable us to continue offering this exciting and inspirational project to children and their families. The wonderful donation from the Axis Foundation means we can secure the day for next year already, which is fantastic. It is wonderful for the children and their families to know already that the day will go ahead. They cannot wait! All children have the right to realise their aspirations and discover their true potential.”

The Douglas Bader Foundation provides support in many ways, as well as hosting their aviator days for over 10 years. To find out more, visit www.douglasbaderfoundation.com.

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Journey to our 10th birthday

In 2019, we celebrate our Axis Foundation’s 10th birthday. During this Decade of Donations we have given over £1.4 million to 200 small, impactful and local causes.

People power

The people of Axis set the very first Foundation stone with their generosity of spirit.

Axis CEO and Foundation Trustee John Hayes set up the Foundation in 2009 to “formalise and capture all the elements of giving that already existed across the company, particularly giving back in the communities where we were working”.

Axis people – demonstrating never-ending enthusiasm and inventiveness in their fundraising activities – have made the Foundation such a great success in this Decade of Donations that a new Fundraising Hero Award was launched in 2019 to acknowledge their support.

Award-winning Foundation

This universal support throughout the company was one of the reasons the Foundation won the Corporate Foundation Category in the highly prestigious Business Charity Awards 2018. Presenting the award, sponsored by Third Sector, the Judges commented on “good employee involvement” and the “passion” behind the Foundation.

One million landmark

In the same year the Foundation hit the £1m donated mark with a donation to For Jimmy in south east London.

Sticking to original values

The Foundation has stuck to its original remit of helping mainly small, local and impactful causes – in giving a hand up, rather than a hand out. All of the money – that raised by Axis people, plus through a corporate donation and funds raised by generous guests at the Axis Foundation Charity Balls and Golf Days – goes straight to these causes: not a penny is wasted.

 

10th Birthday Year

Our generous Axis people and our clients and supporters made our 10th birthday year a real record breaker with top amounts raised at our Alan Curbishley Charity Golf Day and our annual Axis Foundation Charity Ball.

The Future

With the support of our people, our clients and with the partnership and friendship of our charities, the Axis Foundation looks forward to another Decade of Donations!

 

 

 

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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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