Charity News

The Hays Travel Foundation has recently donated a grant to the Avison Ensemble for a project in the North East of England. This project gave almost 2,000 children and staff in schools in the Bishop Auckland area the chance to take part in music workshops led by the Avison Ensemble’s musicians in a programme called “The Wandering Minstrels". Children aged 4 to 11 have learnt about instruments, legends, songs and dance in an exciting musical tour of the North East's cultural history. The Avison Ensemble Young Musicians’ Awards 2017 has promoted talented youngsters from all around the North East region and given them a rare opportunity to perform on stage to live audiences. The Avison Ensemble rounds off the project with a performance in Bishop Auckland Town Hall in Autumn 2017.

Back on Track

Life Education Wessex provides age appropriate and inspirational health and wellbeing education programmes to 50,000 children every year across Wessex. Through their annual visit to the Life Education mobile classrooms or ‘Life Buses’ as the children prefer to call them, children progressively acquire the knowledge, skills and self-confidence to form positive attitudes, avoid risky behaviours and make healthy choices for themselves in life, creating a strong foundation for the future. Children learn about the wonders of their bodies, how it works and what they need to do to look after it. Topics include healthy eating and obesity, the importance of exercise, sleep and personal hygiene.

Hays Travel Blandford branch recently held a mystery coach trip and raised £412 for Life Education Wessex. The Hays Travel Foundation matched the donation and the charity received a total of £824! The money was put towards the cost of a laptop for the charity. The Hays Travel Foundation donated a further £2000 to the charity in support of the towing costs of the charity’s mobile classroom. The mobile classroom helps Life Education deliver their health, wellbeing and drug prevention project to 30,000 children and young people across Dorset.

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Hays Travel Foundation have awarded funding to The Customs House to deliver a youth theatre programme at Jarrow School; young people will have the opportunity to perform at The Customs House, work with a writer and theatre professionals, and to gain new skills in Drama which will support them to achieve qualifications at Level 1 and 2 through the Arts Award.

Back on Track

The Foundation has sponsored a new scheme from the Foundation of Light: Back on Track.

Back on Track aims to engage young people 14-19 years old classed as pre-NEET or NEET (not in education, employment or training), who have become disillusioned with education or who are unemployed. It comprises of a range of non-accredited and accredited activities to increase self-esteem, raise aspirations, improve life and employment skills, matching individual learners’ ambitions and needs. The project consists of three programmes designed to offer a progression pathway towards re-engagement in education, training or employment. Learners are given the opportunity to develop essential work and life skills through carrying out volunteering, work experience and understanding of financial management.

Back on Track

Alex, a team member from Hays Travel Jarrow has taken part in a Boxing Day dip in aid of the charity she founded: Alex’s Angels. The branch sponsored Alex £150 to take part in the dip and the Hays Travel Foundation matched the sponsorship to donate a total of £300 to the charity!

Alex’s Angels Foundation supports children, young people, and their families who have had a cancer diagnosis. The charity provides grants for utility bills, hospital travel costs, clothing vouchers, requests for treat days and special events, and help towards relieving the financial burden for parents.

Alex's Angels

The Hays Travel Foundation has further supported Challengers with a grant of £9,838! The money will be used to support the Eastleigh Youth scheme, enabling disabled young people, aged 13-18, to take part in a range of fun and exciting activities that they are frequently excluded from by mainstream providers. Activities might include a trip to a theme park, a visit from a mobile farm or a drumming workshop!

This is a vital project supporting disabled young people to have fun, make friends and reduce the risk of social isolation and loneliness. Furthermore, it will also give their parents and carers an essential short break from their caring responsibilities. The Youth scheme delivers services throughout the year on Saturdays and during the Easter and Summer holidays.

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.

Birmingham Royal Ballet

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.

Douglas Bader Foundation

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.

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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

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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.

Molly Ollys