What a year it's been for Impact Aid! We've managed to raise £5,600 for Teenage Cancer Trust and one third of the Impact UK staff have volunteered their time and energy to engage in ongoing development projects. It’s been just over eight months into our partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), and Impact can proudly report on the following achievements:
We have successfully designed and delivered two family days in 2015 for the North West region where we welcomed young people with a cancer diagnosis and their close families to the Impact HQ in Windermere. Due to the success of these days, we are proud to be sponsoring our third Family Day which will be held in March this year. We’ve received some fantastic and heartwarming feedback from the days, thank you.
FYSOT (Find your Sense of Tumour) Event Consultation
A talented Impact team have been engaging with the Support Team from TCT who are responsible for organising and resourcing a number of the charities’ conferences and educational initiatives. TCT specifically reached out to Impact for some guidance on how to bring more of a 'Learnfest' feel to their FYSOT conferences. Their feedback was:
“… it was great to hear about Learnfest in more depth. It’s certainly given us some great ideas about how we can move forward with Find Your Sense of Tumour. We're all extremely impressed with the structure of the programme and the language and tone of voice you use to present this. It's something we'll keep in the forefront of our minds when looking towards our events in 2016." (Matthew Bassett, TCT)
Creativity isn’t a thing! - Steve Chapman’s workshop - London
TCT colleagues were invited to attend one of Impact’s ‘Learnfest in the City’ events. They were delighted with the opportunity to attend and truly immersed themselves into the creative workshop with a wide range of clients and partners of Impact.
"A really great event, thank you! “ (Rob, TCT Corporate Projects)
At Learnfest, our annual festival of learning, Impact Aid set a challenge to 'Pedal to Poland'. Between our global colleagues and festival goers we attempted to cycle over 1,200 miles in just three days!!! We didn’t actually leave the grounds of the festival in Windermere, Lake District – but instead used bikes and turbo trainers to clock up enough miles to get us across the map to Poland - the furthest away Impact office we could possibly reach with bikes over three days, all in aid of TCT.
In 3 days, over 1,200 miles, shared between over 50 colleagues and festival goers, in a heatwave, with sweat, tears and sore legs...we nailed it, raising over £1,000 for the charity.
Volunteers attended the re-opening of TCT Unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in September and the UCLH – University College London Hospitals Supporter Day - one of their largest treatment centres. Impact were also privileged to be part of the Corporate Volunteering team at the FYSOT conference for 18-24 year olds in November – an extremely powerful, and life changing experience.
Fundraising at Impact continues throughout the year; Impact colleagues have baked and eaten a host of cakes in support of TCT, as well as digging deep to support several key raffles held over the year. We were also delighted to raise over £1,000 alone on just one auction prize at our recent Snowflake Ball, held in Windermere, Lake District!
Impact have been working in close partnership with the North West Outreach Team who have recently won a prestigious award for the scheme. TCT's Nursing & Support Service pilot project took 2 years to complete and provided independent, integrated specialist nursing and support to young people with cancer across the North West of England.Read the full story here.
What’s next in 2016!?
Impact volunteers will be gathering together to offer help and support at our 2016 family day for the North West region. We will also be finalising our plans to engage further with the charity by inviting young people onto our annual children’s holiday.
'Many thanks to you all for all your hard work and support during this year and here’s looking forward to more great collaboration in 2016’ (David Wright, TCT Lead Nurse for Teenagers and Young Adults)
‘The work that we do, developing Teenage Cancer Trust Units and Specialist Teams and services is transformational for young people with cancer, their family and friends and it could not happen without your support. You have done a wonderful thing in supporting us and on behalf of my amazing team and the young cancer patients that we work with thank you so much!’ (Vanesssa Simmons, TCT Regional Fundraising Manager)