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Demelza 2018

At the second Alan Curbishley Celebrity Golf Day in May 2018, the Axis Foundation presented Demelza Hospice Care for Children with a cheque for £70,000 which takes 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 be presenting 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”

Child cared for at Demelza sat with parents.Demelza

Demelza 2017

The Axis Foundation presented our charity partner Demelza with a cheque for £54,000 at our inaugural charity golf day.

At the first Axis Charity Golf Day in June 2017, the Axis Foundation donated £54,000 to Demelza Hospice Care for Children to help them continue their mission of ‘helping those who may not lead a long life, to live a full life’. This will help to fund their ‘Adopt a Nurse’ initiative and is the equivalent of 2,680 hours of nursing care.
Axis Foundation funds are raised 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.

The work that the nurses and staff at Demelza do is vital for the parents and children who depend on them, 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.”

At the cheque presentation to Demelza, their CEO Ryan Campbell: “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.”

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Demelza 2016

Axis Foundation is awarded Demelza’s Outstanding Long-Term Supporter Award for our support and commitment towards Demelza.

The Axis Foundation has presented a cheque for £32,000 to Demelza Hospice Care for Children to assist them in continuing to care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. The money was raised through an annual charity ball, corporate donations and the fundraising efforts of Axis people across our offices who are firmly committed to supporting Demelza.

At the same time, Axis was honoured to receive the Outstanding Long Term Supporter at the recent Demelza Awards, which were set up to reward companies for supporting Demelza.
And indeed it is a long term relationship: over £500,000 has been given to the children’s charity through Axis and the Axis Foundation since Axis was in its infancy.

Ryan Campbell, Demelza CEO, said: “We continue to be so touched by the incredible support Axis has shown Demelza over the years. I have been honoured to meet some of the staff there and thank them personally for their tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of the children and families we care for. Presenting you with the Outstanding Long-Term Supporter award at the Demelza Business Awards was a chance for us to acknowledge this amazing support, both from the company as a whole, and from the many individual staff members who fundraise on our behalf.”

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Demelza 2015

Kent-based children’s hospice receives a donation to fund more specialist care nurses.

The Axis Foundation has handed over £75,000 to the Demelza Children’s Hospice, a Kent-based children’s charity, after another year of employee fundraising and corporate donations, bringing the total amount given to the hospice through the Foundation to £250,000!

Fundraising activities have included Skydives, bake sales, participating in Demelza’s ‘Go Dotty’ week, an annual charity ball and other fun things organised by Axis’ people.
Demelza Children’s Hospice, which operates in the South East area, provides care for the terminally-ill children to ease discomfort and provide support for children and their families.

Axis and the Axis Foundation adopted the hospice as their charity partner out of appreciation for their essential work with children and teenagers who, in most cases, make it to adulthood. Axis regularly challenges its people to raise money for their ‘Adopt a Nurse’ campaign in which the money raised helps to fund Demelza’s specialist care nurses’ annual salaries.
The Axis Foundation was established in 2009 and started donating in 2010 – Demelza was one of the Foundation’s earliest recipients.

But Axis has been supporting the charity for a number of years prior to that and the total amount given, including money before the formation of the Axis Foundation, stands at over £500,000.

Ryan Campbell, Chief Executive of Demelza Children’s Hospice, gave his thanks to Axis: “Thank you for the incredible amount of £75,000 that Axis has raised for Demelza over the past year. Axis has really taken Demelza to its heart and has been fundraising for the charity over the last 11 years.

“The outstanding amount you have raised to date has meant that Demelza has been able to pay 13 specialist care nurses’ salaries, allowing us to provide the highest quality care possible to all of the children, young people and their families that need support across the South East. Demelza is only able to achieve this thanks to the support of our wonderful staff and volunteers and the amazing donations from organisations like Axis.”

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Demelza 2014

This year’s donations mean our total overall given to Demelza’s Adopt a Nurse programme is fast approaching a fruitful £450,000.

With a range of different events running throughout the year, it has been another fun year of fundraising for Axis people.
Axis people put in a lot of effort to the raise funds. From the cakes that are baked, the dotty outfit days, the races run all make a difference in raising money for Demelza. Thanks to their hard work and involvement we are now on target to achieving half a million pounds next year. An astounding amount of effort from everyone involved has been achieved to reach this milestone.

As our support continues, we are proud to say in 2014 alone we have raised a grand total of £50,000, meaning our total raised for Demelza is now approaching an incredible £450,000.
All the money we raise goes into Demelza’s Adopt a Nurse programme, which sees a nurse being brought in full-time for one year to take care of the children and provide respite and support for their families. As well as visiting the children at the Hospice, the nurses also see their families at home to help with medication and physiotherapy as well as aid the parents in their time of need.

It is important to the Foundation that we continue to fund the Adopt a Nurse programme as more families are in need of someone to help ease their everyday schedule.
“I’m proud to work with such generous and committed people, who share Axis’ giving culture and feel personally motivated to organise, take part in and give generously to fund raising activities,” said John Hayes Axis CEO.

Natalie Tegg, Head of Partnerships at Demelza stated: “Axis has been outstanding in their support for Demelza over the years. All the staff have really got behind the charity and done all sorts of amazing things to raise money from running, to cutting their hair off, baking cakes, playing golf even dressing as a clown! They have raised an incredible £400K and we just want to say a huge thank you from everyone at Demelza.”

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Demelza 2013

Demezla patron DJ Dave Berry accepts Foundation Cheque on behalf of Demelza. 

This years total funds raised for Demelza totalled  £48,000.Capital FM presenter and Demelza Ambassador, Dave Berry, received the latest donation from the Axis Foundation at Demelza’s offices in Sittingbourne.

Thanking everyone who contributed to the £48,000 he said:
“This is a phenomenal amount to have raised and will provide invaluable support to the children and families Demelza looks after.
“Axis clearly has some extremely committed and generous people working within it, and it is to them I would like to express my deepest thanks.”

As he is local to south east London and the Eltham hospice, Berry has seen much of the work conducted by the Demelza locally. He and fellow patrons including Daniel Radcliffe, Jayne Torville and Gary Lineker are similarly committed to supporting the work of our charity partner.
Berry is also involved in other local charities also supported by the Axis Foundation including the Charlton Athletic Trust where he supports the new youth services programme.

This donation alike all our donations will go towards the fantastic ‘Adopt a Nurse’ project. The nurses work with both the children and families to provide the care and support at a time they need it the most. Without the help of these specialist nurses, children and families may not get the care and support they need.
The charity provides excellent family support services, short breaks so families can have respite, essential therapies and end of life care across East Sussex, Kent and South East London.

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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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Demelza 2011

Thanks to the great efforts of Axis people and the generosity of donors, we were able to gift a grand total of £52,000 to Demelza’s Adopt a Nurse programme.

The adopt a nurse initiative is crucial in enabling Demelza’s nurses to continue carrying out the fantastic work they do at the children’s hospice.
Demelza provides hospice care for over 700 children with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Kent, East Sussex and South East London.

Foundation Trustee, Sandie Ryan presented a cheque to staff at Demelza’s Kent hospice in April (2011) for £40,000, following donations of £12,000 being received via Just Giving. The money will pay for a Demelza nurse and care assistant for a year.

Sandie said “The care these nurses provide is second to none and it’s clear to see how much the families need this extra pair of hands.”

Axis and the Axis Foundation has supported Demelza’s adopt a Nurse campaign for seven years, funding the salary for a specialist pediatric nurse who delivers much-needed care to the children and respite for parents.

At the presentation Demelza’s, Natalie Tegg said “Demelza are hugely grateful to the Axis Foundation for all their amazing support. To raise this amount of money is fantastic. Thank you to all the Axis staff for their outstanding efforts. Their help will allow us to pay for a nurse to help children and families in the South East.”

The majority of the money was raised through fundraising by Axis people that included dressing up, running in the London 10K, sponsored walk along the Great Wall of China, a golf day and a Summer Ball.

Demelza patrons cut cake at fundraising event.Demelza

Demelza 2010

The Axis Foundation builds upon our company’s existing charity partnership with children’s Hospice Demelza.

The Axis Foundation is just one year old and we have have appointed Peter Varney as Chairman to lead the Trustees. This year we have donated £6,000 to Demelza Children’s Hospice, further strengthening the links with our charity partner. Our total donations to Demelza this year exceeded £35,000.

Throughout 2010 Axis, the coporate arm of the Axis Foudation, also supported Demelza’s Bricks and Water appeal to improve the facilities at their Sittingbourne hospice. The £1.3m the hospice raised with our help created a Hydrotherapy Centre and two new bedrooms for teenage patients meanwhile refurbishing2 existing bedrooms. Axis CEO John Hayes was appointed and volunteered to be a member of the Appeal Board.

Prior to 2010, Axis had already contributed to building a new hospice in Eltham. Olympic champions and Demelza vice presidents Jayne Torvill and Robin Cousins opened the new premises in south east London in 2009 after a £5m fundraising campaign.
Celebrating the first anniversary of the Etham hospice in 2010, our people joined Demelza supporters, nurses, children and their families at the ‘polka dot tea party’. In a short year, the new South East London hospice increased Demelza’s provision of care and support so that for approximately 570 children ‘life can be added to days, where days can not be added to life’.
The Axis Foundation is proud to be in charity partnership with Demelza.