The Axis Foundation, a charity set up by Axis Europe to support local causes in the areas in which they work, has donated a minibus to The Maypole Project. The charity, based in Bromley and providing support across South East London, applied for the minibus last October with the hope of using it to take the children and their families to their inclusive sports club and for days out. Axis Europe’s Chief Executive, John Hayes, was in attendance as well as Alan Curbishley, football star and Patron of the Axis Foundation.
The Maypole Project’s aim is to ease the stress and pain experienced by children who have chronic, life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses by providing a lifeline of emotional support. The support consists of counselling groups, arts and crafts activities and sporting sessions known as Maypole Active.
Sally Flatteau, the founder of The Maypole Project, 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 families and the children – 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!”
The Maypole Project supports over 1000 people every year and the minibus will be used by over 500 children with it helping to transport them to many different events and activities. The minibus will also be used to bring the parents who lack transport to the support groups and events and for weekend activities and summer holiday activities as well as possibly taking families to different centres for treatments. One parent, Ros Luff, who uses Maypole’s services said: “I think it’s brilliant. So many of us struggle just with the day-to-day but 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 seatbelt off”.
Chairman of the Axis Foundation, Peter Varney, said: “I have had the privilege of visiting the Maypole Project and seeing at first hand the wonderful service they provide and I know the minibus is going to make a real impact in the communities in which they operate. Everyone connected with the Axis Foundation is delighted to be supporting such a worthy charity”.
More details on The Maypole Project can be found here.