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British Disabled Angling Association

Axis Foundation funds BDAA Junior Schools Fishing project in the Midlands.

The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) offers fishing opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults across the Midlands. The donation of £3320 from the Axis Foundation will help them develop their BDAA Junior Schools Fishing Project. This is the first scheme of its kind in the UK and introduces children to fishing as an alternative outdoor activity.

Generosity from the Axis Foundation has made this ambition a reality – Terry Moseley, Founder

The funding will help hundreds of disabled children and young people. Harry Bowen, from Penn Hall School fishing club, commented: “I love to be outside. I can now hold a rod all by myself and have also learned how to be a good fisherman. I like to go fishing with my friends, and I think I will be a really good fisherman when I’m bigger.”

Fishing is a fantastic way to experience the outdoors because it is a quiet, calming sport. It also benefits disabled children because group participation helps them with engagement. Learning how to fish empowers children and provides them with a new hobby to enjoy with friends and family.

BDAA founder Terry Moseley said: “The Junior school’s disability project has been a long-time milestone for the BDAA. Having such great support and generosity from the Axis Foundation has made this ambition a reality. Hundreds of children, teachers and families have benefited directly from this pilot project and we hope they will continue enjoying fishing in adult life. The funding has provided essential training for teachers and volunteers, as well as clothing, adaptive fishing equipment, transport costs and independence for the students. They now have an additional skill they never knew they could achieve through fishing.”

The project will benefit children with physical, learning, and sensory disabilities and terminal illness. By working with SEN Schools, the BDAA hopes fishing clubs can become part of academic structures in the future. To find out more, visit https://bdaa.co.uk/.

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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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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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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

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

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First Halesworth Scout Group

Axis supports First Halesworth Scout Group, helping 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

In other news, the Axis Foundation is celebrating its 10th Birthday of donations this year. Share the good news #10YrsGiving

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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

The Axis Foundation is celebrating its 10th Birthday this year, signifying ten years of support for small, local, impactful causes. Share the good news #10yrsgiving

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Equinox Care

Axis Foundation provides an accessible bathroom for a drug and 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

Axis celebrates it’s 10th Birthday this year, signifying a decade of donations. Feel free to share the good news #10YrsGiving.

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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

The Axis Foundation is celebrating its 10th Birthday this year, representing a decade of donations to small, local, impactful causes. Share the good news #10yrsgiving

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