Cycling around the world for great causes

Throughout 2016 we have been completing our ‘Round the world’ cycling event raising money for our chosen children’s charities, and having some fun and exercise while we’re at it!

Every one of our offices across the South East took part to clock up an amazing 38,034km, and raising £89,815 for charity. We’re proud to say that we achieved our round the world challenge and this takes our staff charity fundraising total to £362,815 and counting over the last four years.

A huge thank you to all those that donated and supported us on this challenge.

Action Medical Research

Action Medical Research

At Action we save and change children’s lives through medical research.

We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children. The prospects for finding new cures and treatments are almost within our grasp. We have vital research ready to go – we simply can’t fund it all.

Research we are funding includes: Asthma, Autism, Blindness, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Meningitis, Premature birth, and other rare diseases.

Beaulieu Respite

The Beaulieu Respite logo

Can you imagine being a parent carer 24 hours a day not being able to sleep properly every day of the year. Just as importantly because you have to give 100% of your attention to your disabled child you know you are giving your other children less attention than they deserve. Holidays or days out are not an option. Even shopping can be near impossible.

This is where Beaulieu House comes in, whether its for an afternoon tea break, an overnight or weekend stay. This gives the child the chance to make friends in a safe happy facility but importantly this gives mum, dad, brothers and sisters the chance to have some “normal time” just to do the simple things that we all take for granted and to re charge their batteries.

Beaulieu House now has a permanent residential department. In essence, a home for children with complex disabilities who for one reason or other cannot be at home with their families. Beaulieu Respite are proud to be able to help these children alongside those who come for respite.

If respite is not available then families can go in to crisis. This will often end up with the child being put in to residential care because the family unit falls apart. This is often unnecessary and a very expensive outcome with lives being ruined.

Beaulieu Respite is a registered charity originally formed to provide Beaulieu House with the extra’s which neither the Council or NHS can provide. We fundraise towards projects from supplying iPads and music machines for the children to much larger projects like their specialised playground equipment. We have bought electrically operated sun shades for one of the play areas so that the children can play outside for longer without getting sunburnt. These are also heated so can be used for most of the year. There is also a reflective garden being installed with the help of volunteers from Ventnor Botanical Gardens and a youth version of Rotary Club called Interact. We also fund many trips for the children on a regular basis. This year we have also had a new sensory room installed which is highly used by our special children and young people and gives them a lot of enjoyment. Our latest purchase is a seven seat car with wheelchair access. This will be used to collect the children from school and take them out on trips.

We are increasingly finding the need for respite outweighs the provision that can currently be given at Beaulieu House. Because of this we have decided to look at ways we can help provide respite for other Island families. It is therefore more vital than ever that we and organisations that support us fundraise for these children and their families.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care.

We are proud to support the wonderful work of the Macmillan nurses and take part in their Annual Coffee Mornings in order to raise much needed funds for cancer relief.

In addition we have made a number of donations and continue to sponsor other charities and individual cases all based around children with disability, both physical and mental, as part of our work in the community programme.