Community Grant Awards

As we all know, last year was not a great year for fundraising.  However, despite all the obstacles, we still managed to raise an amazing £85,176.

This enabled us to continue to make valued donations in February, through our End of Year Awards, supporting charities local to our vehicle plant in Derbyshire, as well as our Engine Plant at Deeside in North Wales.

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Charities Supported

Derbyshire Blood Bikes

Derbyshire Blood Bikes aim to save the NHS money by providing a free 24/7 medical courier service to the Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Hospital.

In 2018, they made 1151 requested runs and an additional 260 scheduled journeys, covering 80,000 miles.  They continue to have the trust and support of both our major hospitals, saving them considerable sums of money, now estimated to be in excess of £85,000 on transport costs.

We are proud to support the Derbyshire Blood Bikes and are delighted to support their purchase of a Honda NC750xa motorcycle and carrier top box.  Keep up the good work!

Pictured is Chris from Our IS Team and a valued member of the Charitable Trust Working Group.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance do not receive any government funding.  Their life saving missions are fuelled by donations.

In 2020, we were proud to support the purchase of two Capnograph and Pulse Oximeters.  Currently, clinical crews on both the helicopter and cars carry older units. 

Karl Bexon, airbase manager for the emergency service, said: “This equipment is extremely valuable to our doctors and critical care paramedics to assess and treat our patients.” 

“The capnograph measures the level of carbon dioxide in the respiratory gases and offers reliable feedback about the severity of a patient’s condition and how they respond to treatment. It is especially necessary if the patient has to be anaesthetised".  

“The pulse oximeter displays the percentage of blood that is loaded with oxygen, which is of critical importance in pre-hospital care. This equipment is also essential to our team when monitoring patients that are trapped. Our previous versions of this equipment had served us very well, but due to the constant use since we first purchased, we were in need of replacements.”

Canine Partners - Amazing Dogs, Transforming Lives

Canine Partners is a UK charity transforming the lives of people living with disabilities by training assistance dogs.  Their amazing dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities. They currently help adults aged 18 and over (both civilians and former service personnel) who have a physical disability or condition that affects their daily life and limits their independence.

In 2020, the Charitable Trust was proud to finance much needed equipment to help kit out their wonderful new Midlands Kennel and Dog Welfare Centre, which can house 40 dogs at any one time. Funds helped purchase a washing machine to launder their dog bed laundry in house, helping to save costs.  In addition, 8 kidney shaped dog beds, which the dogs love because they naturally fit to their bodies when they want to curl up, and 11 raised dog beds were purchased.  As we all know, having a comfy bed can make all the difference!

Sara Read, Trust & Grants Officer said “the £2,000 donation towards the completion of our wonderful new Midlands facility will house assistance dogs in training for years to come.  We look forward to creating life-transforming partnerships between our specially trained dogs and the hundreds of people who are waiting to start living with all the benefits they bring.  We are very grateful to the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust for helping us to achieve this.”

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of people undergoing cancer treatment. The program offers complimentary group and individual sessions that teach beauty techniques to help people with cancer to face their diagnosis with greater confidence.

Despite Covid restrictions, their vital work continues through a range of virtual workshops.  The online experience offers live instruction and tips for dealing with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Advice on skincare and makeup, haircare, nail care, women’s body confidence and gentle chair-based exercises, including pilates, tai chi, yoga, meditation and breath work are available.

Following a donation of £3,000 from the Trust earlier this year, funding will support workshops at the Royal Derby Hospital and the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Having recently returned to face-to-face workshops in Derby, LGFB Volunteer, Lu Wright commented: “so Lisa Tennant and I stood outside the hospital and said “it’s great to be back” and it was, the ladies loved every minute, they chatted, laughed, made new friends and felt very safe in our new layout; xxx feeling proud with Lisa Tennant at Royal Derby Hospital”.

Let’s hope this fantastic work can also recommence at Chester very soon!

The 2021 Award

Should you be interested in applying for an award from our 2021 fundraising activity, please revisit the website on 1st October 2021 when application documents will be available to download.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 26th November 2021.We will be unable to accept applications received after this date.

Please be aware that, for successful applications, funding will be allocated in February 2022.

Charities We Have Supported