Alderwood is committed to raising money for charities. Staff regularly participate in fund raising events.
We are currently concentrating on supporting two local organisations. They are:-
Northampton Hope Centre
The Hope Centre works to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton by giving people a hand up not a hand out. The Hope Centre recognises that if you continually provide hand-outs there is no incentive to become self sufficient and so instead Hope focuses on helping others to help themselves, providing support and services that will enable individuals to take back control of their own lives. Alderwood supports Northampton Hope Centre by donating items and raising money to support the work that they implement in the local area. In 2015 Anita Smart, Managing Director and Jill White, Finance Co-Ordinator took part in The BIG SLEEPOUT raising over £3000 for the Hope Centre.
Animal Charities Northamptonshire
In line with Alderwood’s own Pet projects, the Charity board decided to help and raise money for local animal charities. Alderwood raise money in various ways to help provide valuable support.
The Sanctuary – Rushden Night Shelter
The Full Gospel Church in High Street South, Rushden, Northamptonshire converted part of their building (which was previously a school) into a night shelter in 2008 for homeless people. The project is overseen by Rev. Mark Lees and Shelter Manager Paul Rickard. They have a 4 bed unit and a support service for homeless and vulnerable people in our community. Alderwood donates clothing, non-perishable food and toiletries and also makes monetary contributions.
FACEFAX is based at The Dunstone Bennett Complementary Centre (D&B Centre) on Billing Road, Northampton. They offer people who have face, head, neck and mouth cancers free complementary therapies, advice on camouflage makeup, scar aftercare and general support for patients during their recovery following surgery, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. All sessions are run by volunteers and money raised goes towards their running costs. FACEFAX also aims to educate people to look for signs and symptoms of head, neck and mouth cancers.
The D&B Centre were asked if they would extend their services to the children and families of Northampton General Hospital’s Disney Ward. This ward is for children undergoing treatments for cancer. The therapists from the D&B Centre were happy to offer their services and Alderwood assisted in covering the cost of 25 CRBs. This enabled the therapists to work in the hospital where needed. Due to treatment and appointments with consultants etc. and personal difficulties for families, the D&B Centre volunteers have made a very conscious effort to visit the ward to heighten awareness of the therapies available to both cancer patients and their family members and that it doesn’t need to be utilised within the hospital. Every effort is being made to ensure families are aware that once the patients have been discharged from hospital they may still use the D&B Centre therapies. Maintaining daily/weekly visits to the Disney ward will hopefully give parents an opportunity to talk about their experiences with others that cancer has touched and with whom they can share their experience. If patients and families miss an opportunity whilst in the hospital, they can consider visiting the centre at a later date once they are at home recuperating.
Glenda Birse, Head of HR/Training lived in The Gambia prior to commencing her employment with Alderwood. She visited many organisations requiring support and following a visit by Anita Smart (Consultant), the following were chosen:
Hart House provides residential short term respite care for children with learning difficulties to give families a break from caring and to assess the children’s development levels. They encourage the children to reach their full potential by offering a varied and stimulating programme of activities. Hart House also liaises with other organisations involved in similar work and promotes awareness of children with learning difficulties by involving the local community. Alderwood assisted with the purchase of mattresses, mosquito nets and rice.
Marie Joof runs a small midwifery clinic and when Alderwood first became involved it was a very basic facility without a clean water supply and desperately needing roof repairs to the small ‘birthing’ area. Alderwood directors and staff have raised money to purchase vitally important malaria tablets, make general repairs to the building and to help stock a small pharmacy.
GAPD Gambia Association for Physical Disabilities -Tailor’s Workshop
GAPD is the National Organization of the Physically Disabled created in 1983 to advocate and promote measures for their integration in the mainstream of the Gambian society. Persons with physical disabilities are undoubtedly doubly disadvantaged by poverty and disability and are often the poorest of the poor. Traditionally, they are excluded from opportunities available to others, for example, access to education, skills training and employment.
GAPD advocates for the creation of an enabling environment through the promotion of equal rights and full participation of physically disabled people in national development and to seek opportunities for the individual development of members.
Alderwood supported the Tailor’s Workshop by purchasing an embroidery and finishing machine and assisting with the refurbishment of the workshop.
Glosaid Foundation – Roots Nursery School, Madiana Village
Glosaid is a registered charity for rural poverty alleviation. Their main aim is to help education in The Gambia and are based in Gloucestershire and The Gambia. Alderwood sponsored eight children at the Roots Nursery School in Madiana Village to secure one year’s education. School uniforms were also purchased for 30 children from the Tailor’s Workshop (as detailed above).
Unfortunately, when Glenda returned to the UK we were unable to continue our support of The Gambian charities due to difficulties receiving information about how money is distributed and it was therefore decided to concentrate on local charities.
Andy Green’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Walk
Andy Green, whose company AC Green Electrical had a long association with Alderwood, walked from Land’s End to John O’Groats with his dog Alfie. The walk started on April 11th 2010 and finished on June 15th – a total of 1013.15 miles! Andy kindly agreed to give money raised through sponsorship and donations received on route to the Glosaid Foundation (see above). As Alderwood has a registered school we felt it was a fitting choice and are very grateful to Andy (and Alfie!) for their support.
Race For Life
A team from Alderwood were at Abington Park in Northampton on June 9th 2013 at 2.00 p.m. participating in the 5k event. Amidst a sea of pink tutus, our committed ‘Dolly Mixtures’ team gave their all and raised an impressive £1311.25. Our deepest thanks to all who sponsored the team and supported this most worthy of causes.
Want to Help?
If you would like any further information about the charities we support or you would like to offer help or suggestions for fundraising events please telephone the Ecton Head Office (01604 811838) and speak to Glenda or Claire.