Impact Aid is Impact’s own charitable foundation that raises and donates money to charitable causes.
Established in 1996
Raised over £30,000
Helped over 200 charitable causes
Impact International make a donation to the fund for every single participant that takes part in one of our UK based programmes. Combined with our own fundraising activities and generous client donations, we are now able to help many more charities.
Each year, we ask our employees to nominate and then vote for a chosen charity. In 2014 we are proud to announce that we have chosen South Lakeland Carers as our charity partners.
South Lakeland Carers
- South Lakeland Carers is an independent charity and network partner of Carers Trust. They provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout the area local to Impact's Lake District headquarters. There are thousands of carers across South Lakeland, ranging from ages 6 - 96. As well as supporting them financially, we also plan to use our Learning in the Community initiative to forge further links with the charity. Read more about their work at the South Lakeland Carers website
In addition to our chosen charity, we provide funds and resources (where available) for other causes. As most of the money is raised internally, donations reflect the collective wishes of the company, so the causes we support can be as diverse as our people. Monies are donated to local, national and international charitable causes that are:
- Connected to our people
- Connected to our local communities
- Connected to our clients
For more information, to support our fundraising or to apply for a donation please contact impactaid [at] impactinternational [dot] com
Please scroll through and click on the images below for some examples of charitable causes we have supported.
Alice’s Escapes was one of Impact's chosen charities in 2013. For more information about Alice's Escapes, please read their mission statement, as written by Alice's Father - Simon Pyne.
“Alice’s Escapes” became a registered charity in April of 2012. Our sole aim is to enable families living with a seriously or terminally ill child to step back and take a break, with every little detail taken care of.
The initial idea for “Alice’s Escapes” came from Alice herself. Having spent 5 years fighting cancer, Alice relished family time. Unfortunately, for many families, home provides little more privacy than hospital – time away from the ward becomes an open house of visitors, work and medical appointments. Alice wanted to create a charity that provided these families the opportunity to truly ‘escape’ for a week, hence the name, Alice’s Escapes.
We are extremely fortunate to have recently purchased our very own luxury holiday caravan, and together with our network of Cumbrian businesses (accommodation providers, tourist attractions, restaurants, etc), we offer free holidays to families with a seriously or terminally ill child. Every family coming on a holiday with us receives a comprehensive food hamper, gifts for the children and a treat or two for Mum and Dad. We offer a range of tailored activities for the families to enjoy. For families with severely disabled youngsters, who have increased care and accommodation requirements, we arrange holidays with external accommodation providers, such as Center Parcs. No qualifying family is ever turned away.
The government currently makes little provision to assist families financially. There are small grants available for those on benefits, but broadly speaking, any grant awarded usually covers just a fraction of the unavoidable costs associated with caring for their sick child. In many families, one party has to give up work to care for their sick child, adding even more financial pressure.
Our referrals come via GPs, social workers and support staff across the region, and from the main pediatric specialist units in the North West, all being the ‘local’ care choice for Cumbrian families.
The ‘Rainbow Trust’, a charity supporting children with serious illnesses also refer local families to us. Their head office for Cumbria is based in Kendal. Many of their families are unable to travel far, due to medical restrictions, so Alice’s Escapes has opened opportunities for them to enjoy a break closer to home.
Alice’s happiest days with us were the days when we weren't pre-occupied with work, bills or hospital appointments. And as parents, our happiest moments with Alice were the times when we were cut off from the reality of our situation, just being a normal family. At a time when a holiday can mean the most, few have the means to arrange one.
Our amazing girl lost her fight in January 2013, but the moments we shared will remain forever in our hearts. Our vision is to enable every sick child to enjoy a holiday with their family - an escape where they are looked after from start to finish and can simply enjoy being together, creating precious memories."
Growing Well was one of Impact Aid's chosen charities for 2013. They provide people with mental health problems with an effective, supportive and inclusive farm-based community. They support people to improve their mental wellbeing by involving them in a range of activities within their organic growing business. Read more at Growing Well website
"We are delighted to have our work recognised and valued so highly by your staff and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work together in the coming year."
MacMillan Cancer Support
Impact's Sally Fleming took part in a charity bicycle ride through Vietnam to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. In 2012, she will cycle through Africa, covering 550 'very rough' km in eight days in Kenya & Tanzania. You can join Impact Aid in sponsoring her here.
Impact men around the world, grew moustaches to support Prostate Cancer Charities. We sponsored them to shave them off!
You can read more (and see more photos if you really want to!) by clicking here.
Thailand Flood Appeal
We supported Impact Thailand to work with communities devastated by the 2011 flood waters.
- "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it" t.co/tmQGPQSIab #BestQuotes2014 @GTD_Impact
- Impact in numbers. What a year! @daveyhw @AndyD_IFL @scarey69 #roundup t.co/RsguZDnsJR
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- Time to contribute! 2014: Tell us about your year in 100 words - GuardianWitness t.co/q6jr0wX6E7