Imagine being able to revolutionise education with relational-based, project-based learning that arouses and sustains a child’s curiosity.
What about using horse carriages to increase the confidence of those unable to ride and to improve their physical and mental health?
Or being present in 37 countries, exposing poverty and helping with practical ways to end it by working to change current systems that marginalise the poor.
The charities that do these things are Chapel Street Community Fund, Manx Carriage Driving 4 Disabled and Christian Aid. At the annual AFD Group charity event in December they told stories of the impact on thousands of lives and families.
The event, held at the Group HQ at the Mountain View Innovation Centre on the Isle of Man, celebrated the fact that more than 60 charities nominated by AFD staff and Directors received a total of over £1,250,000 during 2017. David Dorricott, AFD Group Managing Director said “A core motivation for profit is to make life better for others. The lives of thousands of people have been enriched and empowered through carefully-channelled funds. We are delighted that such a wide range of charities has captured the imagination of our staff.”
Please take the opportunity to see the charities we are supporting below.
Bowel Cancer Isle of Man / The Lighthouse project, Peel
Darran Loader, a policeman on the Isle of Man, ran 8 Marathons in 8 days to raise money for Bowel Cancer Isle of Man. Darran lost his father to this disease and the charity helped him and his family throughout this difficult time.
Half of the funds raised by Darran also went to Living Hope’s Lighthouse project in Peel. Living Hope in Peel share the love of Jesus and interact with children, teenagers, families and pensioners in the west of the Island. The sponsorship from AFD went directly to the two charities to help with their good work.
Alzheimer’s Research UK are one of the UK’s leading dementia research charities dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatments and cure. Their main focus being on research.
The donation from AFD will be used for their landmark “Drug Discovery Alliance”, uniting academic research with drug discovery scientists in the 3 UK leading universities for dementia research.
Through its trusted local partners around Lahore in Pakistan, Aqueduct works to enable impoverished minority Christian communities to grow and change spiritually, physically and economically.
The donation from AFD will help fund strategic relationship development to draw external resources into impoverished communities which will benefit the communities they serve.
Beach Buddies promote and carry out beach cleaning, mainly in the Isle of Man, but also encourage other communities around the world to do the same.
The donation from AFD will help to promote their education programme and keep their two vehicles and trailers maintained and fuelled for the coming year.
C3 Foundation Europe provide resources, information and counselling support to those with Alcohol Use Disorder. They promote “The Sinclair Method” which makes use of a generic drug, Naltrexone, as a viable and effective treatment for alcoholism.
The donation from AFD will go towards support materials to use during counselling sessions which will improve their success rate.
Cancer Research UK is a cancer research and awareness charity in the UK.
Their vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. They focus on preventing cancer, diagnosing it earlier, developing new treatments and optimising current treatments.
The donation from AFD will help towards their goals.
Care for the Family’s aim is to strengthen family life and help those hurting because of family difficulties across the UK and Isle of Man. They provide parenting, relationship and bereavement support through events, courses, training and volunteer networks.
The AFD donation will help towards activities and events on the Isle of Man such as visiting the prison and engaging with politicians on the benefits of prevention as a cost-saving strategy.
This charity creates Christian ethos schools for children and families of all faiths and none in disadvantaged communities.
With the generous support of AFD, the trust has been piloting projects that enable pupils to access extra tuition, pastoral care and opportunities for extracurricular activities such as sport and the creative arts, helping to transform the students’ personal development and academic performance – and in some instances also helping to enhance their family life.
Gush Gush is a project under the umbrella of Charity:Water (UK), which brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Gush Gush is led by a young Manx girl called Lula (now aged 9) who has worked tirelessly since the age of 7 to raise money for people needing clean water.
The donation from AFD will help transform the lives of a community and confirm to a 9 year old that changing our planet is possible for those who have faith.
This charity provides respite and support for young people with a disability and their families from the whole of the Island.
The donation from AFD will be put towards the purchase of a P-nut chair. The chair allows young people who require specialised seating to join in with the group relaxing and listening
CARE combines practical caring initiatives at national and community level, with insight into public policy on social and ethical issues. They are represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies where their evidence was used in the Work and Pensions Committee’s final report.
AFD’s donation will give support for church leaders and individual Christians to fulfil their mandate to be salt and light in society both locally and nationally.
Christian Aid is an international charity that helps individuals in the world’s poorest countries work their way out of poverty, gives the disadvantaged a voice and helps them to live dignified lives.
The donation from AFD will help to enhance the lives of children in Binga, Zimbabwe to give them access to education and community education.
The Christian Institute is a non-denominational charity working in the UK to uphold the truths of the Bible. They provide key information on strategic issues and help people who face discrimination because of their faith.
The support from AFD will help them meet the cost of these projects and develop their database and information processes which underpin their work.
CAP works with over 600 church partners across the UK to tackle debt, unemployment, addiction and generational poverty in such a way that people can experience and respond to the love of God.
This year, the AFD donation will be used towards CAP’s Match Funding, so they can expand the work they do with clients across the UK.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity funds vital research and care which can enhance patient care with the latest therapies of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, as well as other innovations in cancer treatments that may be unavailable elsewhere. They operate across Merseyside, Cheshire and the Isle of Man.
The donation from AFD will help purchase five specialist dementia clocks, helping to support the increasing number of people who are suffering from both cancer and dementia.
CLIC Sargent helps families in the UK and Isle of Man deal with childhood cancer by providing social care, emotional support, advocacy and financial grants.
The donation from AFD will help with a grant for families suddenly faced with the extra costs brought by a cancer diagnosis, such as travel, or the need for a parent to take time off work to support their child.
Cruse Bereavement support bereaved adults, children and young people across the Isle of Man irrespective of the relationship to the deceased, time since the death and nature of the death.
The donation from AFD will help towards the annual residential break at the Venture Centre in Maughold for bereaved children and young people, who are so often the major carers.
Developing Orphans help orphans in child-headed families to survive and thrive through self-sufficiency and education in Padibe and Akobi in Northern Uganda. 63 orphan families have moved from subsistence to commercial farming and protected their families’ traditional lands from the Government land grab of unfarmed land. The greater income pays for education, health and will provide for their future families.
A new secure shed can be built to house the second tractor and tools with the donation from AFD.
Down’s Syndrome IOM are a support group for people with Down’s Syndrome and their families. They fund training for parents of younger children with Down’s Syndrome and raise awareness within our society.
With the donation from AFD they can promote awareness toward employers to show them the positive attributes many people with Down’s Syndrome can offer.
Drop Inn Ministries bring help and hope through delivering humanitarian aid, building medical centres, providing education, feeding and social care programmes in eastern Europe, Rwanda, Nepal and Bukina Faso. Ventilation systems in medical centres, shelters in Nepal, food, water and support for refugees in Athens, promoting the Christmas shoe box appeal are also part of what they do.
The donation from AFD will help to purchase a new van to deliver aid abroad and also to use in Drop Inn’s work on the island.
Educate The Kids provide education to the poorest children in Kenya. This year they refurbished an orphanage to provide a good standard of living.
The donation from AFD will help towards the costs of a new school, which will allow hundreds of children to receive an education.
Essential Christian exists to service Christ by serving his church; enabling the church to equip Christians in faith and enabling God’s people to live as disciples for Jesus Christ.
The donation from AFD will help Essential Christian to continue to provide excellent services and resources.
The Evangelical Alliance brings Christians in the UK together and helps them listen to and be heard by the government, media and society.
With the donation from AFD the Evangelical Alliance can improve the resources, tools and support provided for Christians across our nation to make Jesus known.
Firestarter is Christian youth work for teenagers on the Isle of Man, which runs an affordable, challenging and fun summer camp.
With the assistance from AFD, Firestarter can help families who are unable to pay for tickets with free or discounted tickets so that they can benefit from the summer event.
GAP ministries share the gospel of Christ and help in charitable projects with Asian Churches, mainly in India. GAP recently completed a chapel which is also used by the school for assembly and they will build an assembly hall and gym for the school.
With the donation from AFD the most urgent need is new toilets for the school campus at Rupaidiha near the border with Nepal.
The Glory House of Prayer runs discipleship schools, sends outreach and takes one-day medical trips to small villages and cities in the south of Egypt. Partnering with local churches and serving their youth is also very much in their hearts as well as visiting refugees in Lebanon.
The donation from AFD will help with ministry and discipleship training.
Grace Third World Fund provides a home and education for 100+ orphaned or semi-orphaned children from underprivileged backgrounds in Andrea Pradesh, South India.
The support from AFD will help fund a purpose-built school where they have sufficient land so that more children can receive an education.
Graih helps the homeless and people in insecure accommodation on the Isle of Man, providing a drop-in for food, shelter and a safe social space to vulnerable people.
The donation from AFD will help with ongoing costs to help Manx society become a kinder, safer place for those struggling with all sorts of complex problems.
Guide Dogs work to give people with sight-loss the confidence and skills they need to live the life they choose. The charity breeds, trains and matches the dog with the person.
With the donation from AFD the charity can carry on their work to enable people with impaired vision to lead a good life.
Hands of Hope help the poor, needy and disadvantaged people of Romania by befriending families, enabling education, distributing aid and working in the community. They also support adults and teenagers who are vulnerable to being trafficked.
With the help from AFD they can fund staff and resources to help ensure that education and other services can continue.
HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity – is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people with raised cholesterol and other blood fat and lipid conditions.
The AFD donation will go towards running their vital services such as their Helpline, production of literature, fact sheets and updating of their website.
Hope for Justice exists to bring an end to modern day slavery. They train frontline professionals to spot the signs of slavery and rescue victims, thus restoring lives.
The funding from AFD will be used towards the continued work to help innocent people caught in human trafficking.
Hospice Isle of Man provide respite, palliative and end of life care for the Isle of Man community.
The donation from AFD will be used to continue to provide the Isle of Man Community with care at no cost to the patients or their families.
Meaning “Community of Hope”, this organisation cares for vulnerable families through community and skills development initiatives in Zimbabwe.
The donation from AFD will be used to purchase meal packs and extend the gardens to grow their own food as food security has been an increasing problem in the townships.
This Manx charity financially assists members of the farming community or associated industry who fall on hard times due to accident or illness or unexpected personal circumstances.
With the donation from AFD they can act quickly and confidently to assist people so that equipment or contract help can be obtained.
Isle of Man Food Bank helps those in crisis who are unable to put food on the table. They also provide advice and services such as debt counselling and also tackle issues of food waste from supermarkets, and education on the basics of home economics.
The donation from AFD will fund their first essential cooking skills course which will help people improve their quality and cost of cooking and lower food costs.
This charity works internationally to support adults and children with disabilities into education and employment.
The donation from AFD will help provide women with vocational training on textile and fashion design to enable them to set up their own business and show others what people are capable of.
Life Long Ministries provide hope where for some there is none. Sharyn, who set up the ministry, is living proof. She was diagnosed with a very rare cancer and after a lot of prayer she was completely healed and now prays for others.
The donation from AFD will help fund the use of St John’s Mill where they are based.
MAF uses a fleet of over 130 light aircrafts to bring help, hope and healing to isolated communities in over 25 countries throughout the developing world. Their mission is to share God’s love through the use of aviation and technology.
MAF will use the donation from AFD to offer a matched funding opportunity to enable them to cover the flying costs of a Cessna 182 in Chad for 12 months.
Manx Cancer Help/The Lisa Lowe Centre provides one-to-one and group therapy to anyone affected by cancer. They also provide chronic pain therapy sessions and qualified psychotherapists.
Funding from AFD will ensure the ongoing support to help local people at no cost to them.
Manx Carriage Driving 4 Disabled offer provision of a therapeutic experience for ambulant and non-ambulant persons.
The donation from AFD will provide extra facilities to enable clients to experience the life-changing and inclusive events which at present have limited access for some clients.
The Manx Dyslexia Charity ensure the recognition of Dyslexia as a disability needing support and special educational strategies. They have provided dyslexic-friendly resources to schools on the Island and supply the Claro ScanPen Reader Apps to the Department of Education and Children.
With the donation from AFD they can continue to provide the resources and raise awareness of how dyslexia can be helped if recognised.
The MS Society funds research, gives grants, campaigns for change, provides information, care and support to those affected by MS.
The donation from AFD will enable the MS Society to carry on providing the services as well as drop-ins with health professionals and awareness events.
Myeloma is a form of blood cancer that is treatable but not yet curable. Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma, putting patients at the forefront of everything it does.
The donation from AFD will be used to help raise awareness of Myeloma, recognise symptoms, improve early diagnosis and fund vital research.
This Manx-based charity offers support to help older people in the north of the Island live independent, active and fulfilled lives.
The donation from AFD will help the charity continue their support to relieve social isolation and encourage older people to take an active part in the communities they live in.
The Onchan branch of this charity supports independence for older people in this locality of the Island. They have a weekly lunch outing, monthly men’s lunch and monthly outings around the Island.
With the donation from AFD they can continue their work with the elderly and help combat loneliness and isolation.
The One World Centre raises awareness of International Issues, particularly the challenges facing the poor, and encourages people to be active global citizens.
The donation from AFD is sponsoring the One World Charity Challenge where groups of year 12 (6th form students) engage with charities working in international development.
Operation Smile works to ensure that no child suffers from a lack of access to safe surgery. They have provided 250,000 free surgeries to children and young adults born with cleft conditions and other facial deformities in the developing world.
The donation from AFD will not only transform children’s smiles but also empower these children with the happiness and confidence to lead fulfilling lives without the threat of social isolation.
Parkinson’s UK is the charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. They aim to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
The donation from AFD will help them to continue to fund research into the causes of Parkinson’s and work to develop new treatments and ultimately a cure.
Project 21 provides sports, leisure and educational facilities for all people with learning disabilities at Centre 21, Greenfield Road in Douglas, Isle of Man. The 5 charities involved are, Mencap, Manx Gateway Club, Down’s Syndrome Isle of Man, Autism in Mann and Special Olympics Isle of Man.
With the donation from AFD they can continue maintaining the Centre enabling the work of the 5 charities to continue and expand.
Quicken Trust seeks to address the poverty, disease and destitution faced by many people of Kabubbu in rural Uganda and are currently focusing on self-sustainability.
Following a year of drought, the donation from AFD will acquire maize stocks to supply the local people and refugees who have fled from North and South Sudan.
Race Against Dementia exists to combat dementia which affects 47 million people globally. The charity is set-up to fund research projects globally.
The donation from AFD will help find and fund some of the most innovative and pioneering projects into dementia research across the globe which will help bring an end to this devastation.
RBC is a community loving church aiming to make Jesus known and reaching out into the wider community to share His love.
The donation from AFD will help run and publicise Christmas community outreach events.
After 24 years Ramsey Carnival was brought back to Ramsey. The donation from AFD enabled the children of Ramsey to enjoy some activities free of charge. During the carnival funds were raised for other Charities who took part as well as for the RNLI.
Rebecca House is a children’s wing in Hospice, Isle of Man. They provide palliative and end of life care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions from birth to 18 years.
The donation from AFD will ensure this care can be provided to help families in these difficult times.
The RNLI is a voluntary organisation for the safeguarding of those using the waters around the British Isles for the benefit of those working at sea or using the sea for leisure.
The donation will fund the training of crews in first aid techniques as they are often with casualties in places where other emergency services are unable to get to.
Saltmine Trust is a Christian Charity and theatre company who perform and have interactive workshops.
The donation from AFD has gone towards the purchase of a vehicle so that they can travel the UK and France more easily.
Samaritans is a listening service offering emotional support to those in distress and despair. They are contactable by telephone, email, SMS and face to face visit.
With the donation from AFD they can upgrade headsets and maintain their outreach vehicle.
SUMT employs a team of full-time church, community and schools’ workers to reach out to schools and the young people of the Isle of Man.
The AFD donation will support the employment of the fulltime workers and will facilitate the future development of SUMT’s work in churches and schools around the island.
With a focus on vulnerable children, this charity works through a variety of unique programs in 125 countries to enable families to create a safe and loving home.
The gift from AFD will allow a child to go to school for one year covering their school fees, transportation and books in one of the countries we support.
Working with those with addiction and their families, befriending, educating, evangelizing and helping in practical ways, Island-wide. Stauros also works closely with Graih and other charities.
Stauros will use the donation from AFD to continue their work to reach out to those in desperate need such as alcoholics, drug addicts, chronic gamblers and their suffering families.
Tabitha’s Trust provides services, support and equipment to families affected by the loss of a child. They provided the Forget Me Not suite at Nobles hospital.
The donation from AFD will help them continue with this support.
Tearfund is a Christian Charity trying to end poverty. They work through local churches in the 50 poorest countries across the world.
AFD’s gift (along with any donations made between November and January) will be match-funded by the UK government and will be going specifically towards Tearfund’s work in the Central African Republic (CAR), which is now the poorest country in the world.
Trocaire supports people in the world’s poorest regions to live with independence and dignity. They work with local and church partners in over 20 countries to deliver humanitarian assistance and long-term support to communities.
The donation from AFD will be used to continue towards ending poverty, hunger, fighting for justice, responding to emergencies and tackling HIV and climate change.