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.
We thank all of our guests and supporters including our sponsors for the day:
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.
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!’
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.
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.
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….
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.
Thanks to the generosity of our guests – suppliers, subcontractors and supporters – our 16th Axis Foundation Charity Ball raised £215,000 for our charity partner Demelza and the Axis Foundation.
And this year, our parent company, Axis Europe, match-funded the amount raised at the ball – so a further £430,000 will be available for the small, local and impactful causes the Foundation supports including Demelza. At the heart of our celebrations was the fact that our Foundation has donated £2m in our history of giving. And now we’re planning how to give away the next million! Without the generous support of the following people at our ball, we could not have raised this record-breaking amount!
A to Z Stone Repairs Ltd
A&B Electrical Contractors Ltd
AC Davis Electrical
Adeva Home Improvements Ltd
ASA Scaffolding Ltd
BMB Drylining Ltd
Britelite Windows Ltd
The Bute Group
Butler & Young Services Ltd
BVL Scaffolding Co Ltd
CM Electrical Midlands
Decor Repair Services Ltd
Dimetrix Electrical Services
Enigma Security Solutions Ltd
DMG Office Ltd
Dynes Motor Group
Example Recruitment Group Ltd
Excel Painting Contractors
Five Point Recruitment
Gertski Wealth Management
Horizon Installation Ltd
Inner City Fabrications
Integral Environmental Solutions Ltd
Kent Supreme Heating
Intex Facades Ltd
J & S Heating
London Drainage Facilities
M&R Building & Landscaping Ltd
Moron Services Ltd
Multifleet Vehicle Management
The Pump Practitioners Ltd
Quayside Office Furniture
Peter Varney Associates Ltd
Pioneer Site Services Ltd
Premier Roofing and Construction
Resideo Honeywell Home
Roofmasters Watford Ltd
Stuart Fenn Property Services Ltd
Symphony Windows Ltd
UK Roofing Specialist Ltd Ultimate Services
Ultimate Access Solutions
Universal Roofing Ltd
VH Electrical (UK) Ltd
Vinyl Creations Ltd
To our Entertainers and Auctioneer
Charles Hanson – Auctioneer
Kevin Reynolds – Manager of Soul Connection, pianist Alex Bennett and singer Roy Hamilton
Steve Sutherland – our MC
To those who sponsored the evening
Masons Scaffolding who generously sponsored our band Soul Connection
London Drainage who generously sponsored our champagne reception
Example Recruitment Group Ltd who generously sponsored our pianist Alex Bennett
BG Building who generously sponsored our singer Roy Hamilton
Five Point Recruitment who generously sponsored our photographer Amit Champaneria
To our Patron Alan Curbishley and all the Trustees of the Axis Foundation
Axis’ Walter Shave recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro raising a fantastic £2,500 for Demelza and First Halesworth Scout Group.
The two-week expedition, which was completely self-funded by the team, took just over two weeks to complete and created memories to last a lifetime.
Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the African continent’s highest peak at 5895m (19,340ft) and is the highest free-standing mountain above sea level worldwide.
The team started off by climbing up two smaller peaks nearby to acclimatise to the altitudes. And then it was time for the main event! The climb up Mt Kilimanjaro started after additional training in the rainforest. Every day Wally and his team climbed a total of 1000m which is the equivalent of Mount Snowdon!
On the summit day, they woke up at 1am to reach the top just in time for sunrise. Wally reports: “We noticed that we were struggling a lot to physically move due to the lack of oxygen at that altitude, our average speed was 1.2km per hour! It was hard to believe that our oxygen levels went down to an astonishing 70%. When you are at sea level, if your oxygen levels go down to 92% you need to be rushed to A&E! The last 250m we walked through glaciers to reach the summit which were incredible: planes were flying below us! Once we reached the summit it was a feeling of such achievement and joy surrounded by amazing views and a beautiful sunrise, we will cherish that moment for our lifetime!”
For his scout group, First Halesworth Scout Group, the money raised will help fund an annual scout trip to Scotland or Switzerland for less fortunate members. For Demelza, the money will help to ensure every child and young person who has a serious or terminal condition receives the care and attention they need to live the most fulfilling life they can.
“Young people are our future! If I can make a small but meaningful contribution to both these fantastic organisations by giving up some of my time and sweat, then it’s a win win all round.”
Read more about our precious partnership with Demelza here.
And there’s more about how we helped First Halesworth Scouts here
“Since having my young son Ellis, it has made it more apparent what a great job Demelza do… this bike ride was a good way to raise money to help support the charity in the fantastic work they carry out”- Lee Covington
“The ride was full of emotions what kept me going was Axis team and the help we were giving to Demelza” – Leslie Crabbe
“It was an experience that I will never forget, although it was hard it was worthwhile for the money that was raised to support the Axis Foundation and the fantastic causes” – Lee Pearce
“It was the best and hardest experience of my life so far; it was only possible with the great team of people around me at Axis!” – Jake Thomas
“Our joint effort raised a substantial amount of money, which will hopefully go a long way to help those less fortunate” – Elliott Pillin
There’s more about our precious partnership with Demelza here
In July 2022 we reached an extraordinary landmark. Our donations hit the £2m mark. That’s £2m donated to 270 small, local and impactful causes in 13 years of giving.
“The £2m moment” – our cheque to Demelza for £89,000 took us over the £2m mark!
We presented the cheque to Demelza’s patron, media presenter and Strictly judge, Len Goodman, at our 4th Axis Foundation Charity Golf Day.
Accepting the cheque for our charity partner Demelza, Len said: ‘The Axis Foundation is a fantastic charity. You get Ten from Len!’
Our host at the Foundation Celebrity Golf Day was our own Axis Foundation Patron, sports pundit and former football manager Alan Curbishley. Our guests included our generous suppliers, clients and subcontractors. Former football stars Teddy Sheringham, ex-England, Spurs and Manchester United player, and Scott Minto, former Charlton Athletic, Chelsea and West Ham star and football pundit who is also a long-term supporter of Demelza Hospice, were among the golfers who took part in the celebrity 4-ball challenge.
Lavinia Jarrett, Chief Executive at Demelza, said: “A huge thank you to the team at the Axis Foundation for their on-going support. Over the years, they have taken part in sky dives, abseils, running challenges, have hosted balls and golf days, as well as volunteering at our hospices – they are an incredible group of people and their support means so much to the families we work with.”
Peter Varney, our Chairman of our Trustees added: ““The Trustees of the Axis Foundation and I were delighted to present our cheque for £89,000 to our friend and partner Demelza, particularly as this donation was a special landmark for us, taking our total donations to £2m.”
13 years of giving
Our 13-year history of donating has helped people with disability, disease and life-limiting illnesses; those who are experiencing poverty, depression, deprivation and addiction; the lonely and the disadvantaged; parents, carers, the elderly, babies and the very young. Each one of these donations is intended to create a positive lasting difference: a hand up, rather than a hand out.
Help us make another million in donations by applying to the Foundation here
Special thanks to all our supporters – suppliers, subcontractors and clients as well as our own Axis people: your generosity helped the Foundation reach this amazing £2m milestone.
Left to right in our photo: Peter Varney, Chairman, Axis Foundation; Len Goodman, Demelza Patron; Alan Curbishley, Axis Foundation Patron
Our 15th Axis Foundation Charity Ball raised £170,000 thanks to the generosity of our guests – our suppliers, subcontractors and supporters.
Axis Europe, parent company of the Axis Foundation, then match funded what was raised on the night to make a grand total of £340,000.
This money will go to fund and facilitate the small, local and impactful causes that the Foundation supports, including over £70,000 to our charity partner Demelza Hospice.
As our Foundation Chairman Peter Varney says: “I can’t thank you all enough for your support. It is no exaggeration to say you have changed the lives of many vulnerable people and communities for the better.”
The Axis Foundation’s 2020 Charity Ball had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. So this 2021’s record-breaking sum has even greater significance for the small local charities the Foundation support who were hit hard by the Pandemic.
The money raised at our 15th ball in December 2021 bring the total sums raised by all Axis’ charity balls to £1,190,000.
A very big thank you to everyone who made this happen including:
Our guests and everyone who attended and supported our 15th Charity Ball: A-Z Stone Repairs, AkzoNobel, BJL Electrical and Property Services, Brewers,Bute Group, Bulgaro, Cablesheer,Camview Security, City Plumbing,Clear Line, D & M Plumbing, DMD Installation, DMD Contractors, DMJ, Dynes Motor Group, ENVA, ESTEC Engineering, Example Recruitment, Excel Painting Contractors, Exterior Plas, FFT, Fleet Auction Group, Gertski Wealth Management, Horizon Installation, Howells Solutions, ICD Solutions,Inner City Fabrications, Integral Environmental Solutions, J & D Pallets, J&S Maintenance, LMP Installations, M & R, Mark Building Maintenance, Marsh, Miranda Double Glazing, Masons Scaffolding, Moorepay, Pioneer Site Services, PSTG Fire Protection, Quay Office Group, Rich Demolition, ROCC, Rose Construction, Russell Trew, Sei Contractor, SLK, Symphony Windows, Thermoserv, TOR Coating, Thomas Mansfield, Employment Law Solicitors, TW Drainage, Ultimate Access Solutions, Ultimate Construction Group, VH Electrical, Virtus Energy, Your Image
All who kindly sponsored our evening: Alandale Plant & Scaffolding and Example Recruitment (our entertainment), Miranda Double Glazing (our violinist Rachel Somerset), Jaw Roofing (our drinks reception)
Those who generously donated to our auction and raffle: AkzoNobel, Alan Curbishley, BG Building, Butler & Young Associates, CMS, Crown Paints, David Moss, Emitwise, Galway Hynes Ltd, John Hayes Axis CEO, Joe Ibrahim Axis MD, Intex Facades, J&S Heating, JLJ Decor, Let It Flow, Parish Print, Pump Practitioners, Stuart Fenn Property Services Ltd, Geoff Shreeves – Sky TV, Thomas and Thomas
And to those who once again kindly gave their time: Charles Hanson – Auctioneer, Kevin Reynolds – Manager of Soul Connection and Glenn Macnamara, Steve Sutherland – our fantastic MC for the night!
The Coronavirus is having a devastating impact on our community, as well as on the charities and causes who support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
The Axis Foundation’s Trustees would like to reassure our charity partners and those seeking funding that we remain open for new applications and are committed to supporting our communities and the people worst affected by Covid-19.
To ensure this is possible and that the funds we have available are used effectively, to provide maximum long-lasting impact, we are making some temporary changes to our application, review and funding process:
Urgent Funding Applications – Coronavirus Relief
We would like to help the most vulnerable in our community through this time. So we will be prioritising funding applications that can make a long-lasting positive impact in relation to Coronavirus relief efforts.
You can continue to make any funding application, but we will only be dealing with those deemed immediately impactful in relation to Coronavirus relief efforts within our community.
Please note: We only support small, local charities and causes providing impactful front-line community services.
Applications Received (Prior to 31.03.20)
Our Trustees met on the 31.03.20 and reviewed the applications received prior to this date. The applications that met our criteria and that were selected for support will have the funding deferred until further notice – if they do not provide immediate and impactful benefit in relation to Coronavirus relief.
At a future date (to be agreed) these successful application will be re-reviewed to ensure that the charity or cause is still operating and the project or activity is still viable.
Non-Urgent Applications (Received Post March 2020)
All new non-urgent applications will be deferred until after the impacts of Coronavirus have been addressed. All applications received relating to non-urgent activity, will be kept and reviewed at a later date.
Funding Already Granted
Where the Axis Foundation has already provided funding: If you plan to adapt the original purpose or use of this funding due to the impact of Coronavirus or redirect it to relief efforts, please contact the Foundation prior to committing the money.
We hope you understand our response to the situation we are all facing and we look forward to being able to reinstate our usual application processes as soon as we can.
As the culmination to our 10th birthday year of celebrations, our 14th charity ball raised a record-breaking £150,000. This brings the total sums raised by all Axis’ charity balls to £850,000.
In 2019 the Foundation celebrated a Decade of Donations. It has granted over £1.4m to 200+ small, local and impactful causes. As Peter Varney, Chairman of the Trustees of the Axis Foundation said on the night of the ball:
None of us involved could ever have imagined how much the Axis Foundation would develop into the charity it is today and we are immensely proud of the work it now does. So thank you again to all of you who are here tonight for your support and your donations. And, here’s to the next ten years of giving!
The money raised on the night was donated to our long-term charity partner Demelza Hospice for Children as well as our guest charity of the night, The Oliver Fisher Trust. Both these charities are devoted to helping babies, children and their families at times of unbearable sadness and when precious, short lives are drawing to an end.
The Foundation sees this record-breaking charity ball as a remarkable and fitting close to our 10th birthday year and thanks all our generous guests and supporters for helping us help our chosen charities.
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