Building An Education

Axis’ Francesca Fordham applied to the Foundation to help build two new classrooms in new schools in Cape Town, SA. Now a Site Supervisor, Fran made her first trip to Cape Town when she was an apprentice via her college, North Kent.

Fran says: “Thank you to the Axis Foundation for supporting me in raising funds for my trip to South Africa with Mellon Educate. We will be building classrooms, desks, bookshelves and a playground in two schools in one of the townships. This trip will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of children for many years to come. It is such a great cause, and I will be very proud to be representing Axis while there.”

See the classrooms Fran helped build on her first trip here here:


Volunteering at Demelza Shop

Axis people lend a hand at Demelza’s shop

Axis Site Managers Nicola Moran and Billy Williams spent their Volunteering Day to help out at Demelza’s charity shop in Eltham just before Christmas.

Nicola said: “Billy and I both enjoyed the day volunteering in the shop. We helped sort through donations, worked on the till and put new stock out. Plus we helped put Christmas trees in the window.

“We have a new-found respect for everyone that works in the shop! It’s harder work than you realise and they were very busy. They made us feel very welcome. We will both volunteer in the shop again as it was good fun.”

Everyone who works at our parent company Axis gets a Volunteering Day. Our people often use theirs to support Demelza, our charity partner.



Bright Christmas at Demelza

Axis’ Bright Sparks help out with Demelza’s Christmas lights

To brighten up Christmas at Demelza, volunteers from Axis’ Sittingbourne team – Joe Komorowski, Michael Kitts, George Ball, Stephen True and Jake Remon –  along with our subcontractor, BJL Electrical, set up Demelza’s Christmas lights.

And our volunteers used their expertise to additionally ensure that external lights are a permanent fixture for future events.

By gifting us with their time, the team have helped us to light up the grounds of the hospice, which will be enjoyed by all! A huge thank you again to the team” – Clare from Demelza

Plus they also funded £500 worth of gifts via an Amazon Wishlist, using Sittingbourne’s scrap money and BJL Electrical’s kind donation.

Another great volunteering day today with our friends and colleagues at Axis for the lovely charity Demelza, installing power supplies ready for their Christmas light install” – BJ Electrical

Everyone who works at Axis gets a Volunteering Day, and our people often use theirs to support Demelza, our charity partner.

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Fundraiser Quiz Night for Demelza!

Bright sparks from Axis pit their wits for Demelza at annual Fundraiser Quiz Night

Tony Mantle, Operations Director, organises our Fundraiser Quiz Night every year, with the support of Marie Partner, Head of Business Development, and Vera O’Driscoll, Community Investment Coordinator. We hold our event at Sidcup Rugby Club in Kent.  This year we raised an impressive £1,677 for our charity partner Demelza.

“The Axis Quizzers came out in force to support our annual Fundraiser Quiz Night for Demelza. Over a hundred people came, and the competition was fierce. I really enjoy seeing people enjoy the night and most importantly donate much-needed money to Demelza” – Tony Mantle

We were so delighted with the fantastic turn out, seeing everyone enjoying themselves, creating a fun-filled atmosphere. We thank everyone for their generosity on the night, all given in the True Axis Spirit for such a worthy cause, Demelza” – Marie Partner

“We raised an amazing amount for Demelza. Our contributions will go a long way for the children and families that Demelza supports!” – Vera O’Driscoll


2023 Golf Day Success

Another Success at the ‘Alan Curbishley Classic’.

Our annual charity golf day was held at the London Golf Club to raise money for Demelza and the Axis Foundation. On the day, an amazing total of over £26,000 was raised, going towards a variety of brilliant causes.

We have to thank all of our supporters including our sponsors for the day:

  • City Plumbing – Main Sponsor
  • Howells Solutions – On-course refreshments sponsor
  • Bauer – Golf buggy sponsor

A Day Amongst the Stars

Celebrities and supporters alike teed up at the prestigious London Golf Club, one of the country’s finest golf venues. The day saw various competitions held throughout the course including Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.

In addition to our patron Alan Curbishley, some of the celebrities that attended the day included Bradley Walsh, Teddy Sheringham, Scott Minto, and Dave Beasant, among many more from the world of sport and entertainment.

Remember – you can apply to the Axis Foundation to support a cause or individual close to your heart.

Demelza, a charity close to our hearts, provides specialist care and emotional support to terminally ill children and their loved ones. We have supported the charity corporately, and through the Axis Foundation, for over 15 years.


New Trustee for Axis Foundation

Divisional Finance Controller Claire Pearce has been at Axis for over 23 years. She has recently been appointed to become one of the Trustees of the Axis Foundation.

She tells us what the Foundation means to her on both personal and professional levels.

“The Axis Foundation means a lot to me. I was here when it was created many years ago. Of course, we used to raise money for causes and individuals prior to that. The Foundation was created because giving money back and helping others is what Axis does. It’s what John [Hayes, Axis CEO] promotes: making an impact on people’s lives, especially helping children and families.

“To become a Trustee of the Axis Foundation is a huge, huge honour. It is humbling to make a decision that will have a huge impact on someone’s life. It might cost £2,000 but could be a life-changer. Yes, it’s an honour to be part of that process.

“When I became disabled 14 years ago, that was a life-changing event. So, I do have a bit of insight into what that means. And the Foundation has helped me personally by donating towards a mobility scooter for me.

“The applications that come in are incredible really. We treat each application individually. They are all read. And a great deal of thought goes into accepting or rejecting them. There are always valid reasons for rejecting or accepting them.”


Supporting our Charity Partner Demelza

Everyone who works at Axis cherishes our Foundation and our charity partner Demelza

Indeed, there are literally no limits to what our people will do for the Axis Foundation and to ensure our charity partner, Demelza. continues to deliver extraordinary care to extraordinary children. Here are just a few examples: 

Top Row – We raised £800 in Children’s Hospice Week  * Collecting Demelza pots  * Getting Demelza’s garden summer-ready

Second Row  – Sorting donations at Demelza’s warehouse * Jake Thomas raised  £2,386 *   Miles in May raises £1,445

Third Row – Sarah Taylor raised £2,220 * Team Thames Path raised £2,255 * Team Tough Mudder raised £6,780

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2023 – Annual Charity Golf Day

The Axis Foundation’s annual charity golf day raises funds for Demelza and the Axis Foundation.

This year (2023), our generous guests raised £26,000 which will go towards supporting Demelza as well as many small, local and impactful causes via the Axis Foundation.

Celebrities and supporters teed up at the prestigious London Golf Club, one of the country’s finest golf venues. The day saw various competitions held throughout the course including Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.

Alan Curbishley, Foundation patron and tv sports pundit, has kindly lent his name to the annual golf day: the Alan Curbishley Classic. And, in addition to Alan, celebrities who attended included tv presenter Bradley Walsh, footballers Teddy Sheringham, Scott Minto and Dave Beasant, and many more from the world of sport and entertainment.

Thank you

We thank all of our guests and supporters including our sponsors for the day:

  • City Plumbing – Main sponsor
  • Howells Solutions – On-course refreshments sponsor
  • Bauer – Golf buggy sponsor

Rounding off the annual charity golf day, the Axis Foundation presented a cheque for £138,545 to Demelza ambassador Scott Minto, pictured here (l to r) with Bradley Walsh and Alan Curbishley.


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Celebrity Charity Golf Day – a favourite fixture

Our annual celebrity charity golf day raises funds for our charity partner Demelza as well as many small, local and impactful causes which the Axis Foundation supports.

Axis Foundation patron, sports pundit and former football manager  Alan Curbishley, kindly lent his name to this event: the Alan Curbishley Classic Charity Golf Day. Launched in 2017 at the prestigious London Golf Club, one of the country’s finest golf venues, the day has become a favourite fixture for our generous guests and supporters.


At our fifth annual golf day, our generous guests raised £26,000. In addition to Axis Foundation Patron Alan Curbishley, celebrities who attended included tv presenter Bradley Walsh, footballers Teddy Sheringham, Scott Minto and Dave Beasant, and many more from the world of sport and entertainment.

Rounding off the 2023 golf day, the Axis Foundation presented a cheque for £138,545 to Demelza.

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Our fourth annual golf day was a great cause for celebration. Our Foundation marked donating  £2m to 270 small, local and impactful causes in 13 years of giving. On the day, we presented Len Goodman, TV presenter, former Strictly Come Dancing judge and Demelza’s VP, accepted our cheque for £89,000.He said: ‘The Axis Foundation is a fantastic charity. You get Ten from Len!’

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It its third year, 2019, the Axis Foundation Charity Golf Day raised £34,300. Our host for the day was our patron Alan Curbishley. Amongst the list of other famous attendees were stars from the sporting world, including former footballers Gus Poyet and Tim Sherwood.

On the day, we presented a cheque of £94,500 to Demelza.

The Axis Foundation had plenty to celebrate in 2019; hitting the milestone of a decade of donations to small, impactful and local causes.

Full story of our celebrations here


Group photo at Charity GOlf Day 2019
Thank you to everybody who attended and sponsored this year’s event: DM Jones, DMD, Excel, FFT, Gertsky Management, Howells, Martin Arnold, Russell Trew Ltd, Symphony, Your Image, Crystal Electronics Limited, Bauer Asbestos, Proactive Fire Solutions Ltd, PGM maintenance Ltd, DMD Group, Potter Raper, TW Drainage, Carringtons, Bulgaro.


The 2018 Charity Golf Day raised £26,000. Celebrity attendees included famous footballers Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and England’s hero Sir Trevor Brooking. On this occasion, we presented Demelza with a cheque for £70,000.

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In 2017, The Axis Foundation held its inaugural Charity Golf Day, raising over £18,000 for Demelza and Sparks Medical Research. Attendees included our patron Alan Curbishley and ex England manager Roy Hodgson, amongst other familiar sporting faces. In 2017, we presented a cheque of £53,724 to Demelza.

The fundraiser’s success created an appetite for the Charity Golf Day to become an annual occasion….

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Fundraising and Volunteering for Foundation and Demelza

There really are no limits to what our own Axis People will do to help the Axis Foundation and Demelza!

Everyone who works at Axis cherishes the Foundation and Demelza. We’ve been up (and got down) to many activities, Fundraising and using our Volunteering Days to support both causes close to our hearts. Here are just a few examples!


Fundraising for Demelza and the Axis Foundation

  • Ben Ibrahim, Divisional Manager, ran the London Marathon. Ben raised £14,600
  • Our Oldbury Team organised a fiendish Treasure Hunt for Halloween. Their devilish enthusiasm raised £45
  • Kellie Turner, Head of  Community Investment, and Oliver Refson, Head of Sustainability and Quality, abseiled down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Stratford Olympic Park. Kellie and Ollie raised £1,500
  • With Croydon Council, our team in Croydon hosted an 11-a-side charity football match, raising £640

Volunteering to help our Foundation charities

  • Colin Norwood, Projects Supervisor, Joseph Hayes, Business Development Manager, and Kemeisha Brown, Resident Liaison Officer, all volunteered at Arts for All, a creative charity based in London which runs art therapy sessions for people with special needs.
  • Marketing crew Tim Aslett and Kurt Mussell volunteered at The AHOY Centre which helps disadvantaged children in Deptford learn life skills on the water.
  • HR Intern Grace D’Souza volunteered at Hope in Depression,  supporting individuals managing depression and/or anxiety.

Volunteering to support Demelza

At the Warehouse: RLOs Sarah Cooper, Martine Hales, Adila Gredelj, Donna Tryhall Adila Gredelj, Elma Gredelj, Christina Castle and Ben Nitsch, Electrician, sorted donated items at Demelza’s warehouse in Maidstone, Kent for delivery to Demelza’s charity shops.

And In the Garden: Lorrae Mannering, Commercial Manager,  Katie Hayes, Team Leader, Gary Weaver, Multi-trader, Bradley Emms, Groundworker, Michael Kitts, Multitrader Steve Hogben, Electrician Jake Remon, Apprentice Electrician, Emily Nisbett Commercial Analyst,  Stuart Carlow, Plumber, Thomas Darling, Apprentice Plumber, Ryan Kelly, Plumber, Louie Attaway, Plumber, Anthony Veal, Supervisor, Geoffrey Collins, Multitrader, Michael Kitts, Plasterer, Stephanie Hendry, Administrator and Amelia Randall, Scheduler, all spruced up the gardens at Demelza’s Sittingbourne Hospice.

Two Sittingbourne operatives, Nigel Blackshaw and Dave Day, helped Demelza by collecting Christmas trees in Tunbridge Wells, Bromley, Medway and Swale. Demelza will use the trees for topping up bark pathways, mulching underneath trees and hedges and composting in the grounds of the Sittingbourne Hospice.

Main picture: Francesca Fordham, Rositsa Kormeva, Tanya Edwards, Sarah Cooper and Connor Ritson from Projects volunteered to raise funds at Morrisons in Thamesmead for Demelza.