In 2009, Vauxhall-based Axis Europe formed the Axis Foundation and ever since then has been helping the local community and has now reached the monumental milestone.
The Foundation has provided support in the form of equipment, large donations, small donations or even just a helping hand.
The board of trustees consider all cases and have given support to a number of different causes: from organising a monthly afternoon tea to get the socially-isolated elderly out of the house, to equipping a football tournament for those with hearing impairments.
In Vauxhall, they’ve given £20,000 to Vauxhall City Farm for them to continue their Riding Therapy Centre for disabled and disadvantaged children in the local area like Harry, aged 14, who said: “My main fun in life is horse riding. I go once a fortnight and it is the thing I look forward to most.”
Supporting programmes like this allows children like Harry some escape and enjoyment and their smiles are a great reward for the Axis Foundation.
As well as receiving corporate donations, this year totalling £90,000, the people of Axis regularly fundraise for the Foundation with dress up days, lottery draws, cake bake-offs, hairdressing, skydives, and even shaving a few heads.
All at Axis appreciate the positive difference the Axis Foundation can make and all enjoy the camaraderie of fundraising together and helping to give back to the community in which they work.
On the Foundation and the fundraising, Axis Chief Executive John Hayes said: “Giving back is in our DNA. We’ve tried to focus on the areas where we’re active by supporting small and meaningful causes rather than big and grandiose ones. Everybody at Axis gets involved in one way or another through volunteering or fundraising; we do all sorts. The work of the Foundation is very important to us and I’m very thankful to everyone who has contributed to its work. Without the effort and commitment of all our people, we would not have been able to make such a difference.”
You can find more information on the charity and Axis by visiting www.axiseurope.com and via Twitter: @AxisEuropePlc