Demelza nurse plays with a child at Demelza Hospice.Demelza

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.

Axis Foundation trustee present £40,000 cheque to DemelzaDemelza

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.

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