Category Archives: Action For Kids

Jump off Xscape Braehead for charity

National disabled children’s charity – Action For Kids – is looking for intrepid people from Glasgow to help raise funds by zip sliding off Xscape Braehead.

Photo of man on zip slide

Zip slide for Action For Kids

Action For Kids is inviting thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies to undertake a charity zip slide to raise vital funds for disabled children, young people and their families.

The zip slide from Xscape Braehead on 8 September starts 40 metres up on the outside of the building and travels 250 metres across the car park.

“Zip sliding is a fun way to raise vital funds for the charity,” says Lucy Duxbury, Community & Events Manager at Action For Kids. “It’s a real rush as you slide down the zip wire and it’s great to do with friends and family.”

Action For Kids is a national charity that supports children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.

Lucy adds: “To do the zip slide for Action For Kids only costs £35 per person. All you need to do is to pay your own registration fee and then raise as much money as you can for the charity.

“In addition, all those joining up to zip for Action For Kids will receive lots of fundraising support, including a welcome pack full of hints and tips and a personalised Action For Kids T-shirt.”

The zip slides are delivered by Zip Slides UK, which has delivered over 90 events since 2009, involving 20,000 participants, and has a 100% safety record.

To find out more about the zip slide events organised by Zip Slide UK and to book your place, go to http://www.zipslidesuk.co.uk/events.

For more information about zip sliding to raise funds for Action For Kids, please contact Lucy on 020 8347 8111, email events@actionforkids.org.

Beach Volleyball coming to Canary Wharf

Team GB and Action For Kids team up at Beach Volleyball Championships
Wood Wharf, 8 – 19 July 2013

Photo of beach volleyball player

Action For Kids brings beach volleyball to Canary Wharf

The fifth annual Beach Volleyball Championships for Action For Kids will be hosted at Wood Wharf, adjacent to the famous Canary Wharf business and shopping district in Central London, from 8 to 19 July.

160 tonnes of sand will be brought on site by Action For Kids to transform the waterfront area into two beach volleyball courts and a sitting volleyball court. Following Beach Volleyball’s success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the event allows Londoners to have a go themselves by entering a team into the Championships or take part in the ‘volleybody’ workout classes.

Paralympic GB Sitting Volleyball Captain Rob Richardson will be among those showing off their skills in exhibition matches and qualified coaches will provide coaching, hints and tips.

In return for pledging to raise £2,500 for Action For Kids, teams of five to 12 people are guaranteed at least four games of beach volleyball, two hours of coaching from qualified Volleyball England coaches, entry into the Sitting Volleyball Tournament, lunch on the day, a goodie bag, a company profile in the event brochure and the chance to meet top UK athletes. £2,500 could buy a disabled child a specialised trike, which not only strengthens muscles and improves coordination; a trike offers the key to a world of inclusion, independence and fun! All essential qualities in any childhood. Spectator seats at all events are free.

Action For Kids will also be hosting a series of taster sessions to showcase the sport and encourage local schools and passers-by to take part. These include a chance to watch top athletes compete in an elite tournament, ‘volleybody’ fitness classes and the potential for private hire of the courts.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I’m delighted to lend my support to this fantastic event for Action For Kids, which will help to raise a huge amount of cash for what is a very worthy cause. Getting more people of all ages and abilities into sport is a top priority for the capital and the Beach Volleyball Championships will showcase to Londoners why this sport was one of the most exciting of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.”

Lucy Duxbury, Event Manager for Action For Kids, said: “The funds we raise from events such as this are absolutely crucial as they allow us to further help children with disabilities and learning difficulties as well as their families and carers. In tough economic times, it’s even more important that we remain in a position to support young people across London and the UK. Last year the event generated over £40,000, a target we are confident we can beat this year.”

Katy Doggett from Canary Wharf Group plc said: “This is yet another great event for Wood Wharf and more importantly, is raising money for a worthy cause. The area is gaining a reputation for hosting some world-class sports events which helps to maintain the momentum following the London 2012 Games. The view of the beach volleyball courts will be spectacular, nestled beside the water and with Canary Wharf’s towers in the background.”

Charity’s help goes down a storm

Jason in his new wheelchair funded by Action For Kids and the ACT Foundation

Jason in his new wheelchair funded by Action For Kids and the ACT Foundation

A Bedford man is enjoying increased independence thanks to the support he has received from national disability charity Action For Kids.

A generous matched-funding grant from the ACT Foundation enabled Action For Kids to give Jason Taylor a Storm 4 powered wheelchair that is specially designed for his needs.

According to Jason, the £7,500 wheelchair has increased both his mobility and his independence. He said: “I can honestly say this chair has helped my confidence and given me more freedom. This fantastic wheelchair means I can now go out on my own – people might think it is only a small thing but even being able to raise my chair so I can reach the button on a local zebra crossing means I don’t have to ask people for help. It’s super.”

Action For Kids is a national charity that supports children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.

According to Maureen Galvin of Action For Kids, people often assume that disabled people can use any wheelchair, but in reality each one has to be tailored to its user. “The wheelchair we have been able to supply allows Jason to tilt the chair in order to sit comfortably at a desk, allows him to recline when he needs a rest and offers him security as he can’t slip out of the chair.”

Added Jason: “Knowing I can get out and about on my own and that I won’t get stranded in town is really important to me. I can’t thank Action For Kids and the ACT Foundation enough for the funding they have provided.

“I recently graduated with a law degree and I am now looking for a job. This wheelchair will help me get to work independently.”

If you would like to help other young people like Jason, please visit www.actionforkids.org.

Action For Kids welcomes donation from Sainsbury’s Muswell Hill

Disabled children and young people’s charity, Action For Kids, based in Hornsey, North London, is to receive a cheque for £3,700 from Sainsbury’s Muswell Hill following a busy year of fundraising for the charity.

Over the past year, employees at the Sainsbury’s store have undertaken a wide range of activities to support the charity. Employees have taken part in the Finsbury Park run, organised a Jubilee Party, and held in-store collections and raffles to raise vital funds for Action For Kids.

Some of the supermarket’s staff have volunteered with Action For Kids, giving the employees a wealth of useful experience and, in addition, the charity, which offers a work placement scheme, has seen a number of young people gain valuable work experience at the store.

Speaking about the donation from Sainsbury’s, Tracey Lloyd, director of fundraising at Action For Kids said: “We are so grateful to the staff and customers of Sainsbury’s for all their help. We rely on the generosity of local businesses and their customers to provide essential support to young disabled people and we cannot thank them enough.”

Action For Kids helps children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support. The charity provides a supportive, accessible environment where students can not only gain valuable experience but also be of real help in the running of the charity.

To find out more about Action For Kids and its work, visit www.actionforkids.org.

Luke leads charity walk for little sister

Family and friends of Hannah Warburton from Lydiate undertook a sponsored walk to raise money for a specialist piece of equipment that will give her increased mobility and freedom.

Photo of Luke leading the sponsored walk

Luke (six) leads the group while raising funds for national disabled children’s charity, Action For Kids.

Led by brother Luke (six), the group are raising funds for national disabled children’s charity, Action For Kids, to pay for a Tomcat trike for Hannah who has autism and developmental delay.

According to Hannah’s mum, Debbie, the trike will enable Hannah (four) to play with her brother and go for family bike rides, “just as other families do”.

Says Debbie: “Hannah isn’t able to pedal a bike. But when we had a trial of the Tomcat trike, she loved it. Luke was able to push her in safety and they had a great time.”

Debbie and Hannah’s Dad, Pete, contacted Action For Kids to see if they could help fund the £2,200 needed for the Tomcat trike.

Action For Kids helps children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support, including trikes like the Tomcat.

“The charity was fantastic,” says Debbie. “They agreed to fund the trike for Hannah, but due to the cost they won’t be able to supply it until later in the year. That’s when Luke came up with the idea to raise some funds ourselves so that we can hopefully get the trike in time for the summer.”

“We really want to thank everyone who is helping us raise funds for the trike. It was great to see so many of Luke’s school friends from St Thomas’ Church of England school taking part. I can’t thank them enough.”

If readers would like to help Luke raise funds to help other children like Hannah, they can donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/HannahWarburton.

To find out more about Action For Kids and its work, visit www.actionforkids.org.

Tottenham dad pedals for charity

For bakery manager and keen cyclist, Rob Burrows, from Tottenham in North London, cycling 100km around the streets of London at night is not only challenging but also doubly rewarding – for him and his son.

Photo of Robert on his bike

Robert Burrows is raising funds for Action For Kids

Rob is taking part in Nightrider 2013 on behalf of children’s and young people’s charity, Action For Kids, based in Hornsey.

Rob says: “My son, Daniel, has been involved with Action For Kids since he was at school – now he’s 23 – and I am taking part in the Nightrider cycle ride to raise money for the charity so they can help more youngsters like him.”

Action For Kids helps children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.

In Daniel’s case, the charity offered him work experience when he was 15 and over the past eight years he has stayed in touch with the charity. He currently does real office work for the charity and is actively looking for a full-time paid position.

According to Rob it is very difficult for young disabled people to get work experience.
“Daniel has learning difficulties and thanks to the placement provided by Action For Kids he was able to get a real taste of the world of work.”

Action For Kids provides a supportive, accessible environment where students can not only gain valuable experience but also be of real help in the running of the charity.

Rob is hoping to complete the 100km course around London in about six and a half hours. He says: “Nightrider is a really enjoyable way to raise funds for charity and to see London in a way you might not have done before. The rapport between the riders is great and makes this challenge a real pleasure to be part of.”

Sponsor Rob Burrows and help raise vital funds for Action For Kids at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com, or contact events@actionforkids.org if you would like to take part too.

Action For Kids gains media interest

National children’s and youZip Slide Photo 1.1ng people’s charity Action For Kids gained lots of coverage in the North East media after Ethos public relations sent out a press release calling for daredevils to follow in the footsteps of TV adventurer Bear Grylls and zip slide across the Tyne.

Coverage appeared in numerous publications and online, including ITV News, Evening Chronicle, News Guardian, Northumberland Gazette, Hartlepool Mail and Sunderland Echo. Sky Tyne & Wear even added their own video of Bear Grylls to support the story on their website.

Last summer, Bear zipped across the River Tyne with the Olympic torch as part of the Newcastle / Gateshead Olympic torch relay celebrations and now Action For Kids is looking for other thrill seekers to undertake a charity zip slide to help raise funds for the charity.

Action For Kids has already seen an increase in enquiries since the articles began to appear and they are hoping it will help them recruit lots more intrepid fundraisers.

The zip slide from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, on 29th and 30th June, starts 40 metres up from the roof of BALTIC and travels 280 metres diagonally across the river before finishing on the Newcastle quayside.

“Zip sliding is a fun way to raise vital funds for the charity,” says Lucy Duxbury, Fundraising and Community Events Officer at Action For Kids. “After seeing Bear Grylls zip across the Tyne last summer, we’re sure there are dozens of people out there secretly itching to do the same this year!”

For more information about zip sliding to raise funds for Action For Kids, please contact Lucy on 020 8347 8111, email events@actionforkids.org, or visit www.actionforkids.org.

Zip across the Tyne for charity

Photo of a man on a zipwire

Zip across the Tyne for Action For Kids

A national charity is looking for 21 intrepid people from the North East to follow in the footsteps of TV adventurer Bear Grylls by zip sliding across the Tyne.

Last summer, Bear zipped across the Tyne with the Olympic Torch as part of the Newcastle/Gateshead Olympic Torch Relay celebrations and now national disability charity Action For Kids is calling on other budding daredevils to rise to the challenge.

As Action For Kids celebrates its 21st birthday this year, it is inviting thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies to do a charity zip slide and raise vital funds for disabled children, young people and their families.

The zip slide from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, on 29th and 30th June, starts 40m up from the roof of BALTIC and travels 280m diagonally across the river before finishing on the Newcastle quayside.

“Zip sliding is a fun way to raise vital funds for the charity,” says Lucy Duxbury, Fundraising and Community Events Officer at Action For Kids. “After seeing Bear Grylls zip across the Tyne last summer, we’re sure there are dozens of people out there secretly itching to do the same this year!”

Action For Kids is a national charity that supports children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.

Lucy adds: “To do the zip slide for Action For Kids only costs £45 per person. All you need to do is to pay your own registration fee and then raise as much money as you can for the charity.

“In addition, all those joining up to zip for Action For Kids will receive lots of fundraising support, including a welcome pack full of hints and tips and a personalised Action For Kids T-shirt.”

The zip slides are delivered by Zip Slides UK, which has delivered over 90 events since 2009, involving 20,000 participants, and has a 100% safety record.

To find out more about the zip slide events organised by Zip Slides UK and to book your place, go to http://www.zipslidesuk.co.uk/events.

For more information about zip sliding to raise funds for Action For Kids, please contact Lucy on 020 8347 8111, email events@actionforkids.org, or visit www.actionforkids.org.

Pull on your running shoes for charity

Action For Kids charity logo

Funds are being raised for Action For Kids

National kids and young people’s charity, Action For Kids, is encouraging marathon runners who have missed out on a place in the Virgin London Marathon to consider applying for a place in this year’s Brighton Marathon.

Many charity runners are disappointed each year when they fail to secure a place in the London Marathon. However, there is still an opportunity to fulfil that ambition and take on the challenge with Action For Kids, who are offering runners the chance to take part in the Brighton Marathon.

“The London Marathon is so popular these days that many runners who would really like to run and support a charity have difficulty getting a place,” says Lucy Duxbury, Events and Community Officer at the charity.

“But the Brighton Marathon offers the same physical challenge and takes in stunning coastal views and a tour of this fun-loving party city. What’s more, the crowd support is also breathtaking, with supporters lining the streets to cheer each and every runner on to the finish line.”

Everyone who volunteers to run the Brighton Marathon for Action For Kids receives help and support from the charity, including a welcome pack full of fundraising ideas and training advice, a personalised AFK running vest and guidance on setting up an online fundraising page.

Says Lucy: “We are encouraging all our runners to raise £500 (a lot less than the average London Marathon sponsorship target!) and every runner will know that they have helped to support a really worthwhile charity that makes a difference to so many young people’s lives.”

Action For Kids supports children and young people with both physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.

Public entries to this year’s Brighton Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 14th April, have now closed, so the only way to enter is through a charity such as Action For Kids.

To find out more about running the Brighton Marathon and helping Action For Kids, please visit: http://www.actionforkids.org/brightonmarathon.asp.

To find out more about Action For Kids and its work, please visit: www.actionforkids.org

Song and Dance for Action For Kids

Edmonton Central SDA Church in London is organising an evening of live music and dance performances to raise vital funds for Action For Kids, which works with disabled children and young people.

Action For Kids charity logo

Funds are being raised for Action For Kids

The event is taking place on Saturday 23rd February, from 6pm – 11pm in Boundary Hall Community Centre, Snells Park, Upper Edmonton, London N18 2TB.

Everyone is welcome to the event and entrance is free but donations are welcome and all proceeds from refreshment sales will go to support the charity’s work.

Action For Kids is a charity that is dedicated to helping transform the lives of children and young people with physical and learning disabilities across the country by removing barriers to independence.

Action For Kids’ aim is to help young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support. The charity has a programme of services, called “Towards Independence”, which includes:

  • Mobility Equipment Provision & Maintenance Services – to help provide greater independent movement. In 2010-2011, 63 children and young people aged 2 – 26 benefited from the provision or maintenance of mobility equipment.
  • Work Related Learning Services – to help provide independence and employment training. In 2010-2011 our service provision benefitted 643 young people from schools, colleges, social services, careers services and other agencies.
  • Helpline & Family Support Services – to help provide information and support. Over 10,000 phone calls were made and received from parents and carers, occupational therapists and other professionals seeking advice and support over the last year.
  • Accredited Independent Living Skills – practical training courses, with modules accredited by the Open College Network, which helps disabled young people to acquire life skills and take the first steps towards living and working independently.

For more information about the event, please email events@actionforkids.org or call Lucy on 020 8347 8111.