IAS Charitable Causes 2018

The first IAS chosen charity is The Faraway Children’s Charity. The family of James Swallow were contacted and asked to arrive at a charity, which meant a great deal to the whole family.

The Faraway Children’s Charity (FCC) – is a registered charity (No. 1137170) established to ‘Meet the diverse needs of disadvantaged, vulnerable or children and young people at risk within Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas.’ They use a very broad definition for ‘disadvantage’ so as not to exclude any children in most need. The charity is named after one of Enid Blyton’s children’s books: ‘The Faraway Tree’ which tells the story of a group of children who discover a magical tree where they are safe and happy. FCC is governed by a Committee of voluntary Trustees and supported by a number of volunteers who share a commitment to low cost – no cost charity administration (ordinarily insurance and storage being our only annual admin costs) so we ensure maximum benefits with 100% of donations for vulnerable children. As a volunteer-led charity we have no paid staff and rely solely on goodwill and generosity to achieve our ambitions for vulnerable children.

Since 2008, FCC has distributed well over 37,000 free resources and gifts to disadvantaged children and hopes to reach the 40,000 mark over Christmas 2017.

What They Do: Their priorities for 2017-18 maximise their available donations and avoid duplication and focus on: Christmas Presents; Easter Eggs; and clothes, uniforms, toiletries etc. at trustees discretion agreed case by case. Based on demand they are currently discussing adding food to their list of priorities based on the number of requests they receive for support regarding hungry children. We have previously piloted food bag distribution via schools for extremely disadvantaged children over weekends and to combat school holiday hunger. Sadly, we see this addition as a potential core inclusion for our future annual activities and are working with partners to look at innovative solutions and preventative measures.

Their Impact: They have supported thousands of children and young people in the last nine years. Through donations they’ve benefitted from: improved hygiene; warm and clean clothes and shoes; enjoyment of toys, games and books; Christmas presents for children who may not get any or many; Easter eggs for children who may not get one; healthy and celebratory food; fun and smiles.

Their partners: They operate effectively through a network of partners all working with the most vulnerable children and young people in Northamptonshire. Partners help them access the needy children we support and ensure our resources are targeted correctly. Partners include youth clubs, charities, schools, refuges, food banks, community groups, churches, homeless shelters, leaving care teams, teenage parenting hostels, baby groups, children’s centres, home starts and many others.

Their Donors: They do not receive any statutory funding and are solely funded by the creativity and generosity of companies, individuals, clubs and groups who fundraise on our behalf or donate goods we can distribute. We’re grateful for any support offered as collectively it makes an enormous difference to some of the community’s most disadvantaged members.



The second IAS chosen charity is Help the Angell-James Family Save Lives

Henry Angell-James died suddenly in October 2017 aged 54 having suffered a cardiac arrest on his regular train journey home from Birmingham to Shrewsbury. As many of you will know, Henry was a Director of Graftongate Developments, following 20 years at Savills, and a very well-known figure in the Industrial Property World. In his memory, the Angell-James family is on a mission to help save other peoples lives by raising money to buy automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Henry’s wife Sally commented, “130,000 cardiac arrests occur out of hospital each year, 90-95% of those arrests are fatal. Without CPR and the use of an AED, a person in cardiac arrest will die within minutes. For every minute a heart stops, the chances of survival decrease 10%. With the right care, CPR and a defibrillator in time, survival rates can be as high as 75%.

We are determined and committed to do something very positive in Henry’s memory, something that can really help people in Shropshire’s communities who, faced with the unexpected, have the chance to save lives. Working with the West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust, we hope to buy as many AED’s as possible, identify key locations and install them across the county.”

Cliff Medlicott, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, met with Sally recently and said: “It is vital people know what to do if someone suffers a cardiac arrest, simply waiting for the ambulance services to arrive means many lives that could be saved, are lost. Fewer than half of adults feel able to intervene when witnessing someone having a cardiac arrest, partly because of a lack of confidence and training. More specialist equipment available in the community will help raise awareness and facilitate significantly greater response rates from the public. Learning CPR and knowing where the nearest defibrillator is in their community, can give a person the best possible chance of survival.”

As the new AEDs are installed, the Trust will provide free training in that particular community. CPR is easy to learn and AEDs are simple to use, you really can’t go wrong as they actually tell you exactly what to do. These AED units are intuitive so it “communicates” with the person applying the pads, advising when and how to shock or, not shock and whether CPR being given is strong enough.

Each unit and case costs approximately £1200.

“We are really delighted to be supporting Sally and the family as more AEDs are available, more lives will be saved. It is critical that we have these devices in public places, particularly in the centres of towns, villages and rural communities e.g. sports grounds, schools, train stations etc., places where they may be needed. The more defibrillators there are available and used in the community, higher survival rates will be achieved from cardiac arrests. The Trust currently receives approximately 20-30 calls a week from those seeking a way to install a device in their community, the demand is huge.”

Sally Angell-James said; “At the moment there are only 150 AED’s available 24/7 for public access to 71,000 people across 3,500 km2 of Shropshire, much of which is very rural.

Your generous support to provide life saving equipment so people can help each other and save lives, will create an active legacy in Henry’s memory.”

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