Winter Appeal Thank You in child's handwriting with hearts and starsDemelza

Foundation’s Winter Appeal for Demelza raises £75,000

The Axis Foundation’s Winter Appeal for Demelza raised £75,000 for our friend and charity partner Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Axis people, our suppliers and subcontractors raised £44,139.46. The Axis Foundation donated an additional £30,860.54. The Axis Foundation was delighted to present a cheque for £75,000 to Demelza in January 2021.

Thank you from Demelza

“Christmas was made all the more magical this year at Demelza by the incredible news that our good friends at Axis had made an incredibly vital donation of £75,000 to support children with serious or terminal conditions.

“This of course wouldn’t have been possible without all you truly wonderful people working directly at Axis, and of course to all the subcontractors and suppliers who went that extra mile to get involved too. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of people like yourselves. Every single penny that was raised really does make such an incredible difference to those under our care.

“To put this amount into perspective, £75,000 is the equivalent of over 1,531 hours of expert, daytime care for a child or young person with a serious or terminal condition at one of our hospices or the cost of funding two specialist nurses for an entire year at Demelza.

“This pandemic has changed everything, but thanks to people like yourselves keeping our doors open, we can continue to be there for families when they need us.

“To each and every one of you who have taken part in this incredible Axis Foundation Winter Appeal for Demelza campaign, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being part of our Demelza Family” – Lila Dowie, Head of Corporate Partnerships and Trusts at Demelza

There’s more about the Axis Foundation and Demelza here.

A very big thank you from us all at Axis and the Axis Foundation to…

Alandale Plant & Scaffolding Limited, Ardleigh Improvements Ltd, Bellamy Surveying Consultancy Services, BJL Electrical, Butler Young Associates, Camview Security Ltd, Compliant Scaffold Solutions, CV Library, DMD Contracts Ltd, DMG Office Supplies, Embassy Site Services UK Ltd, Estec Engineering, Faithorn Farrell Timms, Furness Partnership, Holdgate Electrical, Howells, ICD London Solutions, Integral Environmental Solutions Ltd, Intex Facades, Lindfield Electrical Services, London Fire Solutions, M&M Moran, M&R, Mark Building Maintenance Ltd, Mastacab SE Ltd, MC Builders, Miranda Double Glazing Ltd, New Millennium Scaffolding, New Tech Roofing Ltd, Paramount Scaffolding, Parish Print Consultants Ltd, PEP Ltd, PGM Maintenance Ltd, Pro-Thor, Rich Demolition Ltd, ROCC Housing Technology Solutions, Rose Construction Essex Ltd, Russell Trew Ltd, SEI Contractor Ltd, Stakot, Sureclose Group, Teco Interiors, Travis Perkins, TW Drainage, VH Electrical, Vinyl Creations Limited, Warrens Roofing

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Tyler’s Trust

The Axis Foundation’s award of £1,500 to Tyler’s Trust bought gifts and equipment for seriously-ill children in hospital.

And our donation gave this charity gave even greater help than we anticipated during COVID-19.

Their Funding Support Officer, Juliet Stallard, explains how our donation helped them give a little bit extra to local children and their families during the pandemic.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to the Axis Foundation. You kindly donated £1,500 to Tyler’s Trust in 2019 towards essential equipment to support seriously-ill children in hospital. The equipment, DVDs and TVs you provided helped children in 2019. And when COVID hit in 2020, many of the children had to lock down in hospital. So the extra provisions you helped us with helped those children in local hospitals who were unable to get out of bed.

“It’s been an unprecedented year for us all. We have strived to support our families with sick and ill children through this year in as many ways as was possible.

“In May, we started to deliver our support boxes by post and hand deliver at a social distance to those that we could reach. These were specifically to help with mental stimulation activities (for the children) and hygiene and self-care packs (for all the family) in COVID lockdown. We have also supported new families with our core service support packs, gift boxes and support to local hospitals’ children’s wards (parental pack for overnight stays). We reached over 30 families.”

In 2020 the Axis Foundation made a further award to Tyler’s Trust, purchasing I-pads and tablets to help seriously-ill children in hospital.

More about Tyler’s Trust

Young Tyler underwent extensive surgery and radio therapy following a diagnosis of a brain tumour. During his long time in care, the thoughtful 12-year-old bought two young fellow patients a comic and a toy.

Their delighted reaction inspired Tyler. So, in 2014, he founded the charity Tyler’s Trust giving a Gift Box to patients who have been diagnosed with a brain tumour or are suffering from a life threatening condition.

Each box contains cheering gifts including a teddy, a bandana, a mug, pens, sweets and a voucher.

A local charity, supporting local children, West Sussex-based Tyler’s Trust, also supports siblings and family members at a time when hope is often lost or fading. As a twin Tyler knows how hard it can be for brothers and sisters of sick children. And, as well as giving gift boxes to family members, Tyler’s Trust also provides additional backup including through an annual family support day.

Tyler has been nominated for several awards in recognition of his courage. In 2018, he received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his work. He says that his greatest achievement is the creation of Tyler’s Trust, whose patron is TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton.

There’s more about Tyler’s Trust here

 

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Newham Christmas Toy Appeal

Helping local families living in poverty. Foundation donates £1,000 to the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal buying Christmas gifts and hampers

2020 was a difficult and challenging year for everyone because of COVID-19.

And, for those living in poverty, based in temporary accommodation, who may have behavioural difficulties and be the victims of abuse, Christmas might have been just another miserable day. For some children there would be no family lunch round the table with crackers. No gifts. Not even a stocking.

Our donation

Our donation of £1,000 to Ambition Aspire Achieve’s (AAA) Newham Christmas Toy Appeal helped buy gifts to help fill the Christmas stockings of 3,000 children living in poverty in Newham as well as hampers for 100 families. These children and families are neighbours to all at Axis who work in the HQ in Stratford.

Thank you on behalf of children living in poverty

Kevin Jenkins, OBE, Co-Ordinator of the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal, said:

“Thank you for making this difference for our area’s most disadvantaged, vulnerable and at-risk children, especially in this the most difficult and challenging of all years.

“As all the available evidence confirms, it is the poorest families already in need who have suffered the most, and many other families, through no fault of their own, have been pushed into poverty as a result of the hardship and loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I write on behalf of the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal to thank the Axis Foundation for your wonderful support, which was truly appreciated.

The appeal provided: 2891 children with a Christmas stocking for Christmas morning – helping more children than ever before; 100 families (approx. 300 children) with a seasonal food hamper.

With my sincere thanks, 2891 times over.”

What the families said

“I need a card that gives you a big hug to show my gratitude for the lovely presents for the children. I have not worked for a while and worried as I don’t have money to spend on Christmas gifts and then the surprise made a huge difference!” – Parent with a disabled child

“I am so grateful to you and your team for all these gifts and the way you have supported my family. I am not working and not getting any benefits. We are spending my savings from my business before I became unwell. I would not have been able to buy anything for my girls but because of you, our Christmas is a happy one” – Parent

“I have struggled with my mental health this year and to be honest I don’t think I have thought about Christmas or presents. To receive this I am very grateful and it has made me very emotional that people are still looking out for each other. It has uplifted me” – Parent

“A massive thank you for our delivery of food and toys today. The children were so so happy and it cheered us all up after a hard week. My eldest said he was close to tears at how nice it was that someone would do that for us. Thank you so much to you and your team and anyone who donated. It really has helped make our Christmas. I hadn’t been able to get dessert or gravy for our Christmas Dinner because we have been isolating and I’m so pleased that we can now have some of the lovely things in the hamper” –  Grateful Parent

Why we support Newham’s Ambition Aspire Achieve

Axis’ HQ is in Stratford, East London, in the borough of Newham. Ambition Aspire Achieve is a Newham-based charity supporting disadvantaged, vulnerable and at-risk local children and families all year round.

The Axis Foundation supports small, local and impactful causes. So, in response a direct appeal from AAA to John Hayes (CEO, Founder and Trustee of the Axis Foundation) the Axis Foundation made a Christmas donation to AAA.

More about AAA here

 

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The Ahoy Centre

Our donation to The AHOY Centre supports vulnerable children

The Axis Foundation donated £3,750 to The AHOY Centre’s Time2Talk programme. Time2Talk provides 1-2-1 emotional and psychological support for vulnerable children.

Many children at AHOY come from chaotic home-lives, with little guidance. And these Time2Talk 1-2-1 sessions improve teamwork, self-esteem and leaderships skills.

“On behalf of everyone at AHOY, thank you for believing in our work and helping us to continue to have a real positive impact on people’s lives.

“We have now added our mentoring Time2Talk services to all our main programmes. We will continue to embed this vital piece of support into all additional programmes.

“During the period of your grant, The Time2Talk programme was led by AHOY’s Lead Mentor and qualified Psychologist who worked with a team of qualified mentors. The mentors were also instructors on the activity programme.

“They provided emotional and psychological support to our vulnerable children whilst delivering “on the job” mentoring. And they could recognise any behavioural changes and react appropriately during sessions to support them”  – Danny O’Sullivan, Fundraising Manager

More about Ahoy

The AHOY Centre is based in Deptford, one of London’s most deprived areas. The charity enables disadvantaged and disabled young people to take part in water-based activities and train in life skills.

And there’s more about  AHOY here!

Lockdown update

During Lockdown, AHOY’s virtual hub provided online cooking, nautical theory, drama and fitness sessions for members. And AHOY also cooked and delivered over 1,600 hot meals for vulnerable families. Plus, they provided Covid Capsule activity packs to keep members progressing and engaged.

“As parents of an adult with autism and a learning disability, Lockdown was extremely difficult for us as a family. We were very concerned about T’s mental health. All his activities stopped and his normal routines ended. So we were immensely grateful to AHOY for keeping in touch with the Sailability students and for all the effort that went into reopening the centre” – AHOY parent

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CASPA

Our donation to CASPA funds Support Group for parents and carers of children with autism

Children on the Autistic Spectrum Parent’s Association (CASPA), based in Bromley, Kent, works with around 270 autistic individuals every week. The charity helps build their confidence, sense of self-worth and social and practical skills.

And, as Helen Dyer, Director of CASPA, says: “Parents of children with autism often feel that they are fighting a constant battle. As much as children need a break and understanding, which CASPA provides, parents do too.”

So, our donation of £2,300 will fund a support group based in Orpington, Kent for 100+ parents/carers. They meet and talk, hear and share stories of achievements and struggles. And here they can also discuss ways in which they can help their child with the support of CASPA professionals.

“Just being able to share stories, cry and laugh with other parents/carers in the same situation enables our group members to feel less isolated and ostracised. As they tell us, these groups provide a lifeline when things as an Autism parent get tough.

“This funding is hugely needed and appreciated. It will enable us to keep doing what we do best – providing direct support! Thank you Axis Foundation” – Helen Dyer, Director of CASPA

A CASPA parent says

“The support group has been a lifeline for some of us. It’s a safe place for us to talk and to be able to exchange information on various subjects such as schools, behaviour tips and just to ‘offload’. CASPA goes above and beyond to support our children and our families. This service has definitely saved my sanity on many occasions over the years! We love CASPA!”

More about CASPA

Many autistic people become socially isolated. So they miss out on educational, social and employment opportunities. CASPA runs a wide range of programmes for children, young people and adults on the autism spectrum encouraging them to participate in variety of positive activities. These activities develop social and communication skills and provide learning opportunities, fostering independent living and employment skills.

During lockdown CASPA took their parent support groups online to continue supporting families.

More here http://www.caspabromley.org.uk

 

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Donation to Demelza 2018 – £70,000

We presented our donation to Demelza  – a cheque for £70,000 – at the second Alan Curbishley Celebrity Golf Day in May 2018.

This took the total Axis/Axis Foundation donation to Demelza nearly £540,000.

John Hayes, Axis Europe’s CEO, presented the cheque to our charity partner saying: “Demelza has remained dear to the hearts of all Axis people for a long time and we shall continue to support this incredible charity in their work ‘adding life to days when days cannot be added to life.’ I know that I speak for everyone at Axis when I say how profoundly moved and delighted we are to have a charity partner which has such an impact on those lives it touches.

“I am delighted to present this donation to Demelza: a cheque for £70,000 from all of us at Axis, knowing that this donation will make a real difference in Demelza’s hands.”

Ryan Campbell CBE, Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care for Children said: “Axis Europe and the Axis Foundation have been fantastic to us with unwavering, constant support for the last 14 years, raising over £540,000. We are so proud to be one of Axis’s chosen charities.
We are overwhelmed every year by their kindness and generosity to the extremely ill children we support. We really couldn’t continue to provide our tailored, expert care to so many families without them.
“On behalf of these babies, children and teenagers and their families; our staff and our volunteers, thank you so so much for this Donation to Demelza 2018.”

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Supporting Demelza’s Adopt a Nurse programme in 2017

Demelza’s ‘Adopt a Nurse’ initiative received a boost from our donation of £54,000 in 2017.The sum is the equivalent of 2,680 hours of nursing care.

At the first Alan Curbishley Axis Foundation Charity Golf Day in June 2017, the Axis Foundation donated £54,000 to Demelza Hospice Care for Children‘s Adopt a Nurse scheme.

Axis Foundation raises funds through an annual corporate donation and corporate events such as our charity ball. Axis people are also heavily involved in personal fundraising through activities that range from skydives and bake sales to dotty days and abseils.

At the cheque presentation to Demelza, their CEO Ryan Campbell said: “Everyone who works for or with Axis has gone above and beyond to support our families, raising vital funds so that we can continue to help those families when they need us the most. You have showed unbelievable spirit and determination, completing incredibly difficult challenges and raising a truly outstanding amount of money for Demelza’s Adopt a Nurse programme.”

Demelza Parent Mette explained:

“As well as memory-making and emotional support Demelza also gave practical help – from the community nursing team making phone calls and liaising with various agencies to staff at the hospice tackling paperwork. We didn’t need to worry about the cooking, cleaning, washing – we could just focus on Thomas.”

Read more about how the Axis Foundation supports Demelza here

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