The Hays Travel Foundation granted £5,000 to the Birmingham Royal Ballet in August 2016. The money is being used to organise community activities aimed at bringing ballet into the lives of people in Sunderland who would otherwise be unlikely to engage with the art-form.
These include ballet workshops in schools, backstage tours, interactive open days, opportunities to watch dancers in their daily warm-up class, as well as reduced-price ticket offers for Birmingham Royal Ballet performances at the Empire Theatre.
The Hays Travel Foundation donated £750 to the Douglas Bader Foundation, where they help physically disabled children to attend adventure weekends in Northumberland. The Douglas Bader Foundation created 'Bader Braves', which supports amputee children by offering unique experiences at the same time as improving life skills, increasing self-confidence and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The Foundation runs a series of events and activities including Young Aviator Days, Adventure Activity Weekends and Amputee Go Karting. The Hays Travel Foundation money will go towards an adventure weekend for these brave children.
Hays Travel’s Sherborne branch took part in a sponsored sky dive in aid of The Rendezvous charity. They raised over £1,000 which the Hays Travel Foundation then agreed to match, meaning we donated a total of £2,095 to the charity.
The Rendezvous provide a drop-in centre for young people aged 14 – 25, giving advice and help with issues including jobs, housing, health and relationships. They also support young people to gain qualifications, new skills and find volunteering opportunities in the local community.
The Hays Travel Foundation donated £3,000 to Armonico Consort in November 2016. This money will go towards supporting the Choir Creation programme that the charity runs in the academic year 2016-17. The programme will provide 3,240 children in the West Midlands, Leamington Spa, London, Dorset and Cambridge with the opportunity to participate in meaningful music and performing arts experiences.
These include intensive, specialised choral workshops in up to 27 schools. Each school will have five workshops as well as five teacher mentoring sessions. Children will also get the chance to be part of a ‘once in a lifetime’ performance at a selection of major venues, including the Royal Albert Hall
The Hays Travel Foundation has donated £12,000 to Molly Olly's Wishes charity. This donation will provide children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses with a second 48-page Olly the Brave book. Olly the Brave is a therapeutic toy lion with a detachable mane and a hickman line.
The second book will deal with the side effects of chemotherapy such as hair loss, tiredness, mouth sores, and the anger and frustration that is often felt. These are donated to hospitals and individuals around the UK.