The Maypole Project is a charity which provides a lifeline of support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in south east London.

The long and happy relationship between Maypole and the Axis Foundation dates back to 2016 when the Foundation donated a minibus to The Maypole Project. The minibus transports over 500 children a year, to different events and activities and also carries parents who lack transport to the support groups, events and activities.

Sally Flatteau Taylor, Founder and CEO of Maypole, said: “Everyone at The Maypole Project was absolutely amazed and delighted to hear that we were successful in our bid to gain a minibus. This minibus will make a huge impact on the services we can provide to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families – where transport is frequently a major block to access. We will also have the ability to develop activities and outings that we have, until this point, put on hold! A winning asset all round – thank you Axis!”

Maypole parent Ros Luff said: “I think it’s brilliant. So many of us struggle just with the day-to-day and to get to a place is difficult. It will be great to get on the minibus and support the child there rather than have the child in the back of a small car, trying to take their seat belt off.”

Another Maypole parent told us: “We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the team at Axis for donating our wonderful minibus, also known as Mayble. The Maypole Project organises lots of wonderful outings in their minibus which enable my child with special needs to be alongside their sibling … we think is absolutely amazing. Thank you to the team at Axis for donating Mayble, we would be lost without The Maypole Project’s support.”

Funding toys and equipment

A further donation (£9,000) from the Axis Foundation made in 2017 helped fund the purchase of sensory toys and a wheelchair lift to improve accessibility on Maypole’s premises.

Sally Flatteau Taylor said: “Those who are chronically ill get great joy out of playing with sensory toys. The wheelchair lift gives direct and easy access to the family support room and the toilet which has been incredibly helpful for the children and their families. It has helped us support so many more children. It gives the children better access inside and outside of the building. The support from the Axis Foundation is amazing. It’s phenomenal for our charity. We really do appreciate it. It’s been really good to have the Axis Foundation’s support and belief in the work that we do.”

Building a Sensory Barn for Maypole

In 2018 Axis Apprentices pulled together as a team and created a Sensory Barn for Maypole in their garden. This enabled all the children whom Maypole supports to play safe;u in a stimulating and interactive room. It had long been on the wish list at Maypole and Axis was happy to help out.

The full story with pictures and video is here!