Charity Present Drop

 

This year Jardine Motors Group (Sevenoaks) will again be supporting the Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust to make a diffference to those in need by accepting donations of Christmas gifts at their dealership located at 92 London Road. We thank them for their continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th Annual Fundraising Lunch

 

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust held their 14th Annual Fundraising Lunch at Oakley House, Bromley on Friday 3rd November. The event was a great success and raised in excess of £72,000. The Trust would like to thank everyone who attended for their generosity and support. The lunch was made special by the appearances of Simon Evans, Justin Moorhouse, and Adger Brown, they were all superb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet's London to Paris Challenge

 

Janet Aburn an employee of Frankham Consultancy Group has taken on the challenge of cycling from Greenwich Park in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a distance of 280 miles over a period of four days starting on the 14th September. Janet's aim is to raise £1,500.00 for Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust.

 

Day 1

Janet together with her husband Colin set off from Greenwich Park on Thursday 14th September to begin their journey to Paris. First stop Rochester for a quick coffee break and then 48 miles in lunch at Staplestreet with 27 miles to go to Dover, arrived at Dover 19:27 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2
The day started at 07:24 hours. Janet & Colin say goodbye to Hotel Meurice on route to Abbeville. Stunning views of the French countryside. Coffee break 11:11 hours. Next stop Boulogne. Arrived Boulogne 13:35 hours with 25 miles done of 80 to complete to Abbeville. Lunch stop Picnic in the park at Etaples, 42 miles done. Just over half way to Abbeville. Arrived Abbeville 18:08 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3
Saturday 07:37 hours – Setting off for Beauvais – 65 miles ahead and it is raining. 20 miles in a quick coffee stop to fuel up for the big hill head. 13:24 the heavens opened and hammered down for 10 miles. Stopped for lunch with 43 miles in with 23 to go. Finally arrived at their hotel 18:15 hours after torrential rain and a broken gear cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4
07:35 hours Paris here they come. Quick coffee break 16 miles in with 31 miles to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completion Sunday 17/9/2017
Arrived Paris 15:50 hours
Well Done Janet & Colin you are super stars thank you for raising money for Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust.


You can still support Janet through Virgin Money Giving. All donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/fundraiser?fundraiserActivityId=788856&stop_mobi=yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Minibus for Harrow Club

 

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust are extremely proud to announce that through the generosity of its supporters bus number 15 has been delivered to Harrow Club and is already being put to good use with some of the children being taken on a residential trip during  the summer holidays.

 

In 1883 The Harrow Mission established this building and organisation to enhance the lives of disadvantaged young people of Notting Dale. The club also supported and still supports the children of The Grenfell Tower.

The Harrow Club started helping people displaced by the fire at 3am and became a collection point for food and clothing which was later distributed to the families.

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust felt passionate about helping this community, we hope that the mini bus will bring back some sort of normality to the children who have been effected by this tragedy.

 

 

Tessa

  

Guide Dogs for the blind have let us know that Tessa, the guide dog puppy which Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust have sponsored has entered the next stage of her guide dog training.


We wish her the very best of luck as she moves a step closer to potentially becoming a life-changing guide.


We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our supporters for the amazing support we receive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charity minibus for Charlton Park Academy

 

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust have taken delivery of their 14th minibus, which is soon to be presented to Charlton Park Academy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Fundraising Lunch 2017

  

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust will be holding their Annual Fundraising Lunch at Oakley House, 358 Bromley Common, Kent at 11am on Friday 3rd November.

  

Entertainment will include comedy from Simon Evans, Justin Moorhouse and Adger Brown and will be followed by a top class auction.

  

To reserve a table please contact Pat Saville 020 8309 7777 or pat.saville@frankham.com

  

Or alternatively complete the reverse of the Invite below and return it to pat.

  

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust Lunch Invite 2017.pdf

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

Head Chef Stephen Smith Helping to Change Lives

  

 

The Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust would like to give a very special thank you to Stephen Smith, Head Chef at The Ritz Club, London for taking part in the London Nightrider 2017 event.

 

We are very grateful for the continued support Stephen gives us. With his efforts, and your donations, we will be a step further in providing another mini bus to Children & Adults with disabilities.

 

Thank you Stephen

 

 

 

 

 

Nightrider London 2017

  

 

Stephen Smith Executive Chef of the Ritz Club in London’s Piccadilly is taking part in the Nightrider London 2017 Charity Bike Ride this weekend. Stephen will be raising money for Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charity Trust.

 

If you would like to show your support for Stephen and the Charity to raise money to help improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities, please donate by clicking the link below, stating ‘Stephen Smith’ in your message.

  

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1009480&stop_mobi=yes

 

(if you are a UK tax payer please remember to click the 'Gift Aid' option).

Thanks again to Stephen for his continued support and effort.

 

 

Save the Date – Annual Fundraising Lunch 2017

  

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust will be holding their Annual Fundraising Lunch at Oakley House, 358 Bromley Common, Kent at 11am on Friday 3rd November.

  

To reserve a table please contact Pat Saville 020 8309 7777 or pat.saville@frankham.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tessa

  

Tessa is celebrating her first birthday. Thanks to your generous support, this very special puppy is now well on her way to potentially becoming a guide dog. She has had an amazing first year.


Tessa will soon be meeting her Guide Dog Trainer as she progresses onto the next stage of her training. Every guide dog puppy is unique and develops at their own pace, and some pups might not enter this next stage of training until they are 15 months old.


Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs are there to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well. Guide Dogs are incredibly grateful for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet's London to Paris challenge

  

Janet Aburn an employee of Frankham Consultancy Group has decided to take on the challenge of cycling from Greenwich Park in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a distance of 280 miles over a period of four days starting on the 14th September. Janet is hoping to raise £1,500.00 for Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust.


If you wish to support Janet you can do this through Virgin Money Giving, all donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/fundraiser?fundraiserActivityId=788856&stop_mobi=yes

 

Sarah Lewis – A message from her mum

  

We would like to say a massive thank you for the wheelchair it has changed Sarah’s life massively we are so grateful.


I managed to take Sarah out to feed the ducks. Amazingly I have also managed to join her up to two special needs social clubs I thought Sarah might like to go along to. Little did I know the first person she met was a young lady she used to go to school with they recognised each other immediately and Sarah began speaking to her, if that is not shock enough!! Sarah’s friend belongs to both clubs so this is great as she was introducing Sarah to everyone.


One of the clubs was running a disco with an Easter bonnet parade last night and Sarah asked to make her own Easter hat when she found out about it, so, we spent the day doing this, the result was she won first prize so she took home with her the prize and an Easter egg as well as lots of new friends.


All thanks to your special gift to her, I cannot thank you enough.


Love from Sarah and Carol xxxxxx

 

 

New Trustee – Des Wicks

  

Des has been working in property development for over 10 years for a PLC housebuilder operating in the South East of England since leaving school.


He is passionate about charity and over the years has taken part in numerous fundraisers including the Three Peaks Challenge, where he and his colleagues climbed the three tallest peaks in the UK within 24 hours and raised over £45,000 for a children’s charity.


Des says that he has always been aware of the fantastic work that Dennis Wise & Frankham Group have done over the years and has attended some of the previous fundraisers. Des commented that he was honoured when Steve and Dennis asked him to come on board as a Trustee.


Going forward Des hopes to bring some different ideas to the table whilst respecting the current aims and values of the charity. He is looking forward to making a difference in people’s lives through the work that the Trust carries out.

 

 

  

New Minibus for Stevenage Education Support Centre

  

Stevenage Education Support Centre (SESC) was presented with a brand new minibus by Dennis Wise and Steve Frankham last Friday 3 March 2017. They visited the centre amid great excitement for the students who were delighted with the opportunity to meet a footballing legend.

 

The Headteacher, Dan Nearney said:
"As a new Headteacher starting at SESC to be told that we have a minibus has transformed our curriculum. The difference that it has already made is life changing, for our students. It has enabled us to go on our first residential trip in 20 years where the children went on a seven day sailing trip around the South coast".

 

The Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust have transformed the working of SESC with their gift, as trips and enrichment activities are now possible on a regular basis. Indeed, the centre has already planned several excursions and journeys alongside weekly outdoor adventure sessions.

 

Dennis Wise said “I was determined to help SESC from our preliminary visit as I could see that they were exactly the sort of young people that the trust aim to help and support. I am delighted to have been able to donate this bus on behalf of the trust.”

 

Steve Frankham commented that he was thrilled to have been able to transform the curriculum and opportunities for students at SESC.

 

The mission statement of the trust is:

“To support such general charitable purpose as the trustees in their absolute discretion may determine for those who are socially and economically disadvantaged, in particular but not exclusively to provide financial support for education, to provide transport facilities for persons who have a special need of such facilities because they are elderly, poor, disabled, people with young children or those living in isolated areas where there are no adequate public transport facilities and to provide support to children with disabilities and organisations providing hospice and care services to children."

 

Jane Baxter who applied to the trust on behalf of SESC stated that it was like a dream come true as there was no prospect of the centre being able to fund their own bus which was significantly reducing the opportunities available to our students.

Save the Date – 20th May 2017

 

Join us at The Savoy for our 10th Annual Ball.
For a night of fun, auctions and incredible live music by


Ray Lewis & Still Drifting


Watch this space for further details.

 

Donations can still be made to the Charity Present Drop

Felice Receives Star Award

 

Felice Mutti has received a Star award as a thank you for his continued support to Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust.

 

Felici is the owner of Due Amici in Chislehurst, he has continuously supported the charity since 2000. The award was presented by Dennis Wise & Steve Frankham at a function he donated as an auction item at his Due Amici restaurant in Chislehurst.

 

Thank you Felice

 

 

 

 

Annual Fundraising Lunch 2016

  

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust will be holding their Annual Fundraising Lunch at Oakley House, 358 Bromley Common, Kent at 11am on Friday 4th November.

  

Entertainment will include comedy from Simon Evans, The Noise Next Door and Adger Brown and will be followed by a top class auction.

  

To reserve a table please contact Pat Saville 020 8309 7777 or pat.saville@frankham.com

  

Or alternatively complete the reverse of the Invite below and return it to pat.

  

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust Lunch Invite 2016.pdf

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

Kerry walks for MTV Staying Alive UK

 

Kerry Waterman from MTV is completing a charity walk on Friday 9th September and has asked for sponsorship.

  

Kerry very kindly organised a fantastic raffle prize for our last event which included spending a morning with Milkshake and their presenter followed by time with Nick Kicks and their presenters and finishing the day with Johnny Pembury and ATS. She also provided breakfast for the prize winners when they arrived and a basket picnic lunch.

  

The charity values the support we receive and would like to reciprocate. If you would like to sponsor Kerry please click on the link below.

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kerry-waterman

 

Thank you for your support.

The Trustees of
Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust

 

 

One man and his bike, helping to change lives

 

The Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust would like to give a very special thank you to Stephen Smith, Head Chef at The Ritz Club, London.

 

Stephen completed the London to Brighton cycle event in an amazing, 4 hours and 29 minutes! His efforts, and your donations, will contribute to the '100 mini bus' target for the Trust.

 

If you would like to show your support for Stephen and the Charity to raise money to help improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities, please donate by click the link below, stating 'Stephen Smith' in your message.

 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForCharityDisplay.action?charityId=1009480

(if you are a UK tax payer please remember to click the 'Gift Aid' option).

 

Thanks again to Stephen for his continued support and effort.

 

  

  

June 2016

  

A big thank you to John Rayner who very recently completed the London to Paris bike ride in honour of the trust with funds raised going towards helping us reach our 100 mini bus target.  We couldnt do it without our amazing supporters such as John.

  

John Rayner London to Paris 2016

  

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May 2016

 

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust held their 9th Annual Ball at a wonderful new venue, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel on Saturday 7th May. The evening was a great success and we raised in excess of £36,000. The Trust would like to thank everyone who attended for their generosity and support. We would also like to thank Raj and his staff for making us feel welcome. The evening was made special by the appearances of Ian Irving, Ray Lewis together with The Still Drifting Band, Speedy Disco and DJ Sam, they were all superb.

  

9th Annual Ball

 

  

  

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust held their 9th Annual Ball at a wonderful new venue, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel on Saturday 7th May. The evening was a great success and we raised in excess of £36,000. The Trust would like to thank everyone who attended for their generosity and support. We would also like to thank Raj and his staff for making us feel welcome. The evening was made special by the appearances of Ian Irving, Ray Lewis together with The Still Drifting Band, Speedy Disco and DJ Sam, they were all superb - See more at: http://www.frankham.com/news/9th-annual-charity-ball/#sthash.KnyrmLWA.dpuf

  

 

9th Annual Charity Ball

9th Annual Charity BallDennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust held their 9th Annual Ball at a wonderful new venue, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel on Saturday 7th May. The evening was a great success and we raised in excess of £36,000. The Trust would like to thank everyone who attended for their generosity and support. We would also like to thank Raj and his staff for making us feel welcome. The evening was made special by the appearances of Ian Irving, Ray Lewis together with The Still Drifting Band, Speedy Disco and DJ Sam, they were all superb.

The story so far:
In 2012, we began our quest to donate 100 minibuses to schools that support children with disabilities. We are proud to announce that we are in the process of ordering bus numbers 10, 11 and 12.

- See more at: http://www.frankham.com/news/9th-annual-charity-ball/#sthash.KnyrmLWA.dpuf

 March 2016

  

Football legend hands over the Keys to new Minibus

  

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust are proud to present their ninth minibus to The Jigsaw Trust.

Pupils at a local school for children with autism will be benefitting from a new minibus thanks to the charitable support of a sporting legend.

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Jigsaw School educates children aged 4–19 years at its main site on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh and at its Life Skills Centre in Guildford. 55 pupils currently attend the school, each receiving one-to-one teaching and an individualised curriculum based around their specific abilities and needs.

Former Chelsea Captain and England player, Dennis Wise, visited the school in his capacity as Patron and Trustee of the Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust, to hand over the keys of a 17-seat minibus, worth £28,000. Together with fellow Trustee, Steve Frankham, the footballing legend spent time meeting pupils and staff and signing memorabilia before taking a tour of the school.

Dennis said, “Our aim is to raise enough money to provide 100 minibuses to schools and charities for children and adults with disabilities. I really enjoyed meeting the pupils at Jigsaw School and am very pleased to be able to help them get out and enjoy new places and experiences.”

As well as following the National Curriculum, Jigsaw focuses on developing pupils’ life skills. Pupils are taken into the community where they can develop their skills in different settings. The school’s teaching ratio is one to one, meaning that for each pupil taken off-site, one member of staff is required. For most classes, the teaching day is in two halves, with pupils based in the classroom focusing on academic work during the morning and, as much as possible, undertaking off-site activities in the afternoon. Such out-of-school trips include: visits to Jigsaw’s Life Skills Centre in Guildford, horse riding, libraries, village halls, shops, cafes, woodlands, places of worship, farms and other schools. Pupils also enjoy one-off visits as part of their curriculum or for end of term fun activities, such as the seaside.

Jigsaw Trust CEO Kate Grant said, “We are absolutely delighted with this new minibus and I would like to thank the Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust. Their generous support means that our pupils will be able to enjoy off-site activities on a more regular basis.”

For press enquiries or more information about Jigsaw, please contact:
Steven Morgan on stevenmorgan@jigsawschool.co.uk or visit www.jigsawschool.co.uk
Alternatively, follow us on Twitter @jigsawtrust

- See more at: http://www.frankham.com/news/dennis-wise-frankham-group-charitable-trust/#sthash.hwXReAhc.dpuf

Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust are proud to present their ninth minibus to The Jigsaw Trust.
Pupils at a local school for children with autism will be benefitting from a new minibus thanks to the charitable support of a sporting legend.

  

Jigsaw School educates children aged 4–19 years at its main site on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh and at its Life Skills Centre in Guildford. 55 pupils currently attend the school, each receiving one-to-one teaching and an individualised curriculum based around their specific abilities and needs.

  

Former Chelsea Captain and England player, Dennis Wise, visited the school in his capacity as Patron and Trustee of the Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust, to hand over the keys of a 17-seat minibus, worth £28,000. Together with fellow Trustee, Steve Frankham, the footballing legend spent time meeting pupils and staff and signing memorabilia before taking a tour of the school.

  

  

Dennis said, “Our aim is to raise enough money to provide 100 minibuses to schools and charities for children and adults with disabilities. I really enjoyed meeting the pupils at Jigsaw School and am very pleased to be able to help them get out and enjoy new places and experiences.”

  

As well as following the National Curriculum, Jigsaw focuses on developing pupils’ life skills. Pupils are taken into the community where they can develop their skills in different settings. The school’s teaching ratio is one to one, meaning that for each pupil taken off-site, one member of staff is required. For most classes, the teaching day is in two halves, with pupils based in the classroom focusing on academic work during the morning and, as much as possible, undertaking off-site activities in the afternoon. Such out-of-school trips include: visits to Jigsaw’s Life Skills Centre in Guildford, horse riding, libraries, village halls, shops, cafes, woodlands, places of worship, farms and other schools. Pupils also enjoy one-off visits as part of their curriculum or for end of term fun activities, such as the seaside.

Jigsaw Trust CEO Kate Grant said, “We are absolutely delighted with this new minibus and I would like to thank the Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust. Their generous support means that our pupils will be able to enjoy off-site activities on a more regular basis.”

  

For press enquiries or more information about Jigsaw, please contact:
Steven Morgan on stevenmorgan@jigsawschool.co.uk or visit www.jigsawschool.co.uk
Alternatively, follow us on Twitter @jigsawtrust

- See more at: http://www.frankham.com/news/dennis-wise-frankham-group-charitable-trust/#sthash.hwXReAhc.dpuf

July 2015

Donation of Mini bus to disabled Children’s Charity

We recently paid a visit to the Parents Consortium in Hextable on Friday 31st July to donate a 16 seater Mini bus to the charity, this bus is now No.007.

The Parents Consortium is a local charity in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley areas providing services and care to disabled children, young people and their families. Services include support, advice, leisure activities, after school clubs, social and holiday clubs, overnight residential breaks and training.

Katrina Adams Operations Director at Parents Consortium said “This is a massive donation to us and we are really excited to receive this today. We can now take lots of children out on day trips, pick them all up from school and home. It will save time and money and the most important thing is that the children love it”   The mini bus has a football theme design on the side and does not look like a disability bus. Both Steve and Dennis said they were proud to support such a worth charity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of_i39Fy42Q

http://www.dartfordliving.com/donation-of-mini-bus-to-disabled-childrens-charity/

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May 2015

Cycle from London to Paris for FREE!

If you have ever wanted to do an exhilarating challenge for charity here is your chance.

Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust are looking for adventurous volunteers to cycle

from London to Paris connecting two of the worlds most chic cities on one of the best cycling

routes in Europe! Cycling through beautiful English villages and into stunning rural France you’ll pass historical landmarks and famous battlefields from World War I until you reach Paris, undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth. The sense of achievement you’ll experience will be one you’ll treasure forever.

For those of you in search of the challenge of a lifetime simply give us a call at the office on 0208 309 2679 and we will send you a full information pack and everything you need to take part in this fantastic event. An unforgettable experience awaits you.

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April 2015

The Lucky Winner from our Free Prize Draw

 

Young Lara Campfield officially took delivery of her brand new Citroen C1 car this week after being the lucky winner of our celebratory Free Prize Draw at our March Fundraising Ball at the Savoy Hotel this year. 

 

Lara says  "Thank you so much, the car is amazing!! I am extremely lucky"



March 2015

 

London, March 21st, 2015 – On the 15th year of the Trust being formed, it was a big night at this years ‘Million Pound Masquerade Ball’ held at the Savoy Hotel with the target set to reach the huge milestone of £1m raised.   With Jonny Gould comparing the night and former Drifters front liner, Ray Lewis, headlining the evening’s entertainment along with the Tropicalia Show production it was a fun packed evening for all.

Dennis Wise and Steve Frankham gave an inspiring speech along with presenting the Star Awards to Derek Rowan & Kevin Carr of The Nursing 2000 Group for their long term support of the Trust. A big event for the evening was also the free car giveaway as a thank you for everyone’s support over the last 15yrs and Lara Campfield was the lucky winner on the night going home with a brand new Citroën C1 car.

Following the auction and silent auction results, Steve and Dennis gladly announced that the £1m target had been smashed with the funds raised now standing at around £1,030,000 and the evening ended in full swing with DJ’s Speedy and SammyR spinning the decks.

The Trustees of the Trust thank everyone for supporting this milestone event and look forward to the next one.

A date for your diaries: The next Annual Fundraising Lunch in Bromley will be held on the Friday 6th November 2015, please contact Becky.bosman@frankham.com for further details.


NASSA receives minibus from Dennis Wise and a visit from the Russian Ambassador

 

Newham, March 19, 2015 - IN the tenth anniversary year of its first informal basketball session in an east London park, Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) has received its first minibus, from former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise on behalf of the DW and Frankham Consultancy Group Trust.

 

The 17-seater vehicle will be used to transport NASSA’s seven age group teams to away Basketball England National League fixtures. It will also be used to help support disabled young people who attend NASSA’s inclusive wheelchair basketball sessions.

 

With many of NASSA’s 100 club members in attendance, as well as NASSA founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart and Head Coach Chris Facey, the presentation of the minibus was made at the University of East London’s SportsDock building.

 

The ribbon was cut by a special invitee to the event, the Russian Ambassador to the UK, Mr Alexander Yakovenko.

Dennis Wise said the choice of NASSA as recipients of a minibus marked a departure from the Trust’s usual policy, but added that the east London welcome he and his fellow trustees Steve Frankham and Becky Bosman had received from the NASSA coaches, parents and players confirmed to them that they had made the right decision.

 

He said: “Everything we do is for kids, so that was an important factor. We normally donate minibuses to special needs kids and Down’s Syndrome kids, but we know that Natasha has been trying for a long, long time to help the situation at NASSA.

“As a group, we looked at it and we felt it was a good cause. Coming here today, seeing the bus and all of the kids, as well as seeing Chris the coach, who’s fantastic, you can see it’s going to be a worthy cause. We’re really pleased that we have done this today. Good luck to them all.

“It’s lovely to be part of the NASSA family now. Natasha’s invited us to come back in September for their 10-year anniversary event. If I’m around, I’d love to pop back to say ‘Hi’ and make sure that there are no dents in the bus!”

Natasha Hart added: “We cannot say thank you enough to Dennis, Steve and everyone at the Frankham Group Charitable Trust. This minibus will make a huge difference to NASSA and to all of the players’ parents who have spent so much money over the years helping us take the teams to games.

“It is a really special feeling that they thought of us as worthy of receiving one of their minibuses and we will always have a smile on our faces when we see their name on it.”

 

NASSA is an established sports charity offering a variety of sports across East London. Its 538 Basketball England-registered members speak 151 different languages and dialects between them.

Its school basketball sessions, which include mentoring talks from NASSA coaches about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture, reach over 2,000 schoolchildren across London every week.

NASSA is also the current overall Charity of the Year.

 

Mr Yakovenko said: “It’s a great pleasure for me to be a guest at this very special event today. Team sports are all about uniting people regardless of their religion and race and the Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) is a perfect example of a charity that does just that.

“Having won all the existing awards in this sport, the Newham All Star Sports Academy has been hugely successful, and most importantly, it has played a transformational role in the lives of local young people, providing high-quality community service in East London.

“NASSA’s trainees not only achieve athletic excellence but what is equally important, practice teamwork and understanding. They learn how to surpass themselves and how to win, how to think big and put their dreams into reality. These invaluable lessons in life will surely secure a better future for every young person involved.

“As a diplomat, I can fully appreciate the importance of this charity’s truly inspirational activity and I am especially proud to know that Ms Natasha Hart its founder and leader, is my compatriot.”

 

NASSA plays its home games at SportsDock as part of its community partnership with the University of East London (UEL).

David Cosford, Director of Sport at UEL, said: “Today has been another milestone event. NASSA has been a great supporter of our institution and without NASSA’s commitment, our SportsDock home would not be the facility it is today. I hope that we can enjoy another 10 years of sporting success together.”

 


February 2015

Ray Lewis & The Still Drifting Band to Headline the

Million Pound Masquerade Ball

We are just four weeks away from our biggest event to date which will see Ray Lewis and his band headlining the evening and getting everyone into the party spirit.

Seats and advertising opportunities are still available so please contact Becky Bosman for more information.


December 2014

Million Pound Ball Fundraising Event - Saturday 21st March 2015

The Savoy Hotel, London

We are delighted to announce that we will be celebrating reaching the £1 Million Pounds milestone in our 15th year of fundraising.

We intend to celebrate this in a big way and do hope you will be able to join us at the stunning Savoy Hotel, London on Saturday 21st March 2015.

Tables of 10 and 12 are available in either a Gold, Silver Bronze or Standard package.  If you would like to join us in our celebrations, please email us at becky.bosman@frankham.com to confirm your place.

Advertising is also available in the event brochure, please speak to Becky Bosman for further information.


November 2014

11th Annual Fundraising Lunch

On Friday 7th November 2014 Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust hosted their 11th Annual Fundraising Lunch at Oakley House, Bromley.

With the event MC’d by Jonny Gould and acts including Mick Ferry and Bob & Jim everyone had an afternoon full of laughter and not to mention lots of drink.  We also welcomed to the event a very special guests, Gary Allen. Gary, who suffers from Secondary Progressive MS, attended in his newly acquired Levo C3 Standing wheelchair which was part funded by the Trust. The wheelchair which is specially adapted to allow Gary to stand for the first time in years will significantly improves Gary’s standard of living, mental state and quality of life so the Trust are very proud to be able to support him this way.

For the first time at the event the Trust raffled of a brand new Mini One car with tickets being sold on the day and local MP Bob Neill drawing the winning ticket. John Hayes of Axis Group Plc got drawn as the winning ticket and as John wasn't present at the event he had agreed with Steve Frankham prior to the lunch to Auction the Mini if he won it. The Mini was then auctioned and raised another fourteen thousand pounds. Johns generosity and support of all our events is second to none and we can't thank him enough.

The lunch was our most successful to date raising in excess of £75,000.

As always our thanks go to our loyal supporters and with everyone’s donations we are now well on our way to our target of donating 100 new minibuses with our 5th, 6th and 7th bus now on order.

Plans are already in motion for the 2015 Million Pound Ball, taking place again at the stunning Savoy Hotel, London. If you would like further details of this event or to pre-book your table please contact Becky Bosman – becky.bosman@frankham.com.


October 2014

2014 Fundraising Lunch Sale Out!!

This year's Fundraising Lunch being held on the 7th November at Oakley House, Bromley looks to be one of the best yet with tables selling out within the week.

Watch this space for further updates.


September 2014

Against All Odds

 

For Billy Liggins who was born the first of three children on Powerscroft traveller’s site in Sidcup, the career path of a theoretical physicist was probably amongst the least expected by his parents.   However now at the age of 22, Bily's mum can hardly imagine anything different.  

Billy is currently about to begin his final year of an integrated master degree in physics at Loughborough University.   With physics being his passion from a young age, Billy was always intrigued by the way in which nature can be described as a consequence of a few fundamental laws.   Whist at The Priory School in Orpington, with the help of the specialist dyslexic unit (SpeLD),  Billy was able to gain a firm understanding of basic physics.

Although achieving good grades, the thought of studying physics at a level beyond secondary education held some financialconcerns, as it does for many students.   However after much deliberation, he decided to apply and to follow the dream of enjoying his eventual career.

Whilst at a prize giving ceremony at The Priory School Billy was approached by the then Mayor of Bromley, Cllr George Taylor.  After a chat regarding his successful exam results and future, the Mayor enquired as of Billy's financial background and pledged to try to settle some of his worries.  

Whilst in his first term at university Steve Frankham, who had heard about Billy's story from the Mayor, contacted Billy.   Through the Trust, Steve offered to contribute to his accommodation costs therefore allowing Billy to devote all of his time to study.   As a result Billy went on to achieve a first year average of 81.3%, the highest in the year.   Due to this success Steve offered to contribute again in the second year, again he past the year with an 81.7% average.    As a result of Steve’s continued contributions Billy  was able to take year in industry in my third year.

Billy quoted "I spent a year working at Daresbury Laboratory, designing particle accelerators in the accelerator group. The year culminated in a trip to conference in Shanghai, at which four papers bearing my name were submitted.  Returning to Loughborough I achieved my highest average yet.  Over this summer I have been able to return to Daresbury for a summer placements as well as Loughborough University. All of this invaluable experience is only made possible through Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust funding as travel and start up accommodation costs would render the placements impossible.

 

There is no doubt that the Trust's support has enabled me to fulfil my potential and has allowed me to explore avenues I would otherwise not been able to consider.   In the future I hope to undertake a PhD in physics, with the end goal of being a full time research scientist.  Although there is still a long way to go till this goal is achieved, the fact that it is achievable is owed in no small part to Steve Frankham and the Trust."

 


August 2014

Come and join us for a day of fun and games at our 2014 It’s a Knockout Challenge in conjunction with Farrington’s School, Chislehurst. 

 

Date – Sunday 28th September 2014

Venue – Farrington’s School, Chislehurst

 

All you need to do to join in is get together a team of 8-10 people, from work or friends, and then raise sponsorship for Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust/Farrington’s Parents Association so we continue helping those who need it most.

 

“It’s a Knockout” is hilarious to both play and watch so we hope that on the day plenty of supporters will come along and cheer and encourage their teams.  It is a fun event for everyone, not just the intrepid teams with activities arranged for the rest of the day including live music, food, drink and entertainment for the children (and adults).

 

It’s a great team-building exercise as well for companies looking for innovative ways to motivate and inspire their teams to work together.

 

For more details or to register your team please call us on 020 8309 2679 or email becky.bosman@frankham.com and we look forward to welcoming your team to the fun!

 

Maximum of 12 teams allowed so make sure to get your entry in early.


June 2014

 

A new Chapter Begins

 

What started out as a small project and a passion for helping those less fortunate, now fourteen years on from when Dennis Wise and Steve Frankham first put together Dennis Wise in the Community we are proud to be announcing that we have taken the next step into the realms of fundraising and are now officially registered as a Charitable Trust.

 

Going forward, the trust will be known as the Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust with the Trustees signed as Dennis Wise, Steve Frankham, Pat Saville and Becky Bosman.

 

As always, our aim will be to continue to raise as much money as we can to help the various charities and individuals we support and we will continue to hold the annual Balls and Lunches which we hope you will continue to support.

 

Thank you as always for your support and generosity, we certainly couldn’t do it without you....

 


 

Bus Donated to Trust Thamesmead

 

Bus No.4 which was sponsored by Gallions Housing at our 2013 Fundraising Ball was recently presented to it’s new owners, Trust Thamsmead. Trust Thamesmead is the only community development agency working exclusively for Thamesmead and use their income to deliver direct services and to work with others to improve the quality of the lives of the 30,000 plus residents of Thamesmead, focusing on the most disadvantaged.

 

 

A few words from Trust Thamesmead;

 

“The mini-bus is a real life-line for young people using the centre enabling groups to undertake trips that would not be possible without it. This is true for both small and lager scale projects, so for example in the past couple of weeks a group went to a fire station to learn about fire safety and prevention one evening, such a trip would just not be possible on public transport as the whole time would be spent travelling! Over Easter a group was fortunate enough to go on a week’s residential to Snowdon in North Wales, taking part in lots of adventurous activities,  challenging themselves and learning new skills for life.

 

The mini-bus kindly given to us is a great new tool for The Link in helping young people become responsible members ofthe community by being able to go and experience new things. The other thing to say is we have fun on activities and trips like using the high pressure fireman’s hose and the great view from the top of a mountain that has just been walked.”

 


 

World Cup Summer Carnival Ball Success

 

We cannot thank you enough for supporting the World Cup Summer Ball 2014.  The generosity of everyone on the night as always was quite overwhelming; we rose just over £55,000 which, which has taken our total fundraising total in excess of £915,000.  

 

This is an amazing achievement and we are very excited to be nearing the £1million pound mark and it must be said that without the support of the many people who generously give auction and raffle prizes each year, the people who purchase tables and advertising we would not be able to continue to support the worthy causes that we do. 

 

Rest assured that the money raised is put to good use, in fact our 5th and 6th mini buses are already on ordered and will be donated soon.

 

 


 

May 2014

 

Let the Carnival Begin......

 

With only two weeks to go until our World Cup Summer Carnival at the stunning Savoy Hotel in London, plans are well underway and it's looking set to be a great evening with the Colour Movement band back again to perform and a this year we have the Tropicalia Show Production team coming in to add that Brazilian vibe.

 

There are still a few spaces left for this fun evening so get in contact if you would be interested - becky.bosman@frankham.com.

 

 

 

 


 

February 2014

 

A supplier we work with has advised us they have a used modular classroom that is not now required by another school, as attached.

 

They are willing to provide the building for nothing although there would be the cost of delivery, installation and carrying out the necessary site works for the building. So it could be a very cheap way of providing additional space.

 

It should be noted that planning permission is likely to be required as well.

 

If you may be interested we are happy to discuss and assist you.

 


 

January 2014

 

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of John O’Hanlan, founding Managing Director of East West Connect Ltd who recently passed away.   Over the years John was one of our great supporters always generous and giving.

He will be sadly missed and our condolences go out to all of Johns family and friends.

  

John O'Hanlon - East West Connect Ltd

 

 

 

 


 

November 2013

 

 

Its Inn’it, not Ain’it

 

Friday 8th November 2013 saw the tenth Dennis Wise in the Community Annual Fundraising Lunch take place at Oakley House, Bromley.

 

With headline act Lee Nelson (Simon Brodkin) leading the afternoon’s comedy entertainment along with Jonny Gould and Adger Brown, the afternoon was a laughing success and with table sales and the auctions we managed to raise in excess of £49,000.

 

Lee Nelson with Dennis Wise (L) and Steve Frankham (R)

  

As always our thanks go to our loyal supporters and with everyone’s donations we are now well on our way to our target of donating 100 new minibuses with our 5th bus now on order.

Plans are already in motion for the 2014 Ball, taking place again at the stunning Savoy Hotel, London.  If you would like further details of this event please contact Becky Bosman – becky.bosman@frankham.com.

 

 


  

October 2013

 

 

 

 


August 2013

 

The Gift of Life

  

Along with the charities and schools we regularly support, Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust also receive a number of requests to help individuals who may be fundraising for specialist equipment or care and need that extra bit of help.

 

One such instance recently was little Leia Rose Corbett who, at only  a year old, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.   Her parents have since been trying to fundraise in order to purchase the specialist vest machine needed to make her daily life that much better.  So upon hearing about the cause, the Trust decided to step in and purchase this equipment for the family and within several weeks the equipment was delivered and Leia is slowly getting used to the new routine. 

  

Leia in her new vest

  

 We wish the family well and hope the equipment helps Leia's life along the way.

 

 

 


 

Shamed to Succeed

 

Dennis Wise in the Community are diverse in those we support and in this particular instance have been acknowledged for their support in best seller book ‘Shamed’.

 

The charity helped a young female four years ago when she became the first person within a murderer's family ever to go into open court in an honour killing trial as the Prosecution's key witness, and the first to waive her anonymity in such a trial. As a result of her testimony, the trial led to the first successful prosecution of an honour killing without the body ever being found. She stood up to considerable intimidation from the suspects and their families to give evidence at the Old Bailey and I am sure everyone will agree is an extremely brave woman.

 

At the conclusion of the court case she was both ill and extremely stressed due to the fact her children had been used as pawns against her so Dennis Wise in the Community paid for a holiday for her and her children which helped her regain both her physical and mental fitness as a result she has now written about her ordeal which has become a best seller. Shamed is a story of fear and of horror - but also of immense courage, and a woman who risked everything to see that justice was done.

  

 


 

The Imber Metz Youth Team Continue to Evolve

  

The Imber Metz youth engagement project proudly supported by ‘Dennis Wise in the community*’ and Frankham Consultancy Group enjoyed a successful 2012 and continue to grow into 2013.

  

The main aim of the project is to bring young people of all backgrounds together with the police in non confrontational situations, using football as the vehicle to encourage young people to meet with and become involved with Police Officers. The Imber Metz team under the name of Metropolitan Police competed in several KIckZ tournaments across London involving young persons from Hackney, Islington, Brixton, East Ham, Lewisham, Peckham, Tottenham and many other Inner London Boroughs. At the conclusion of the games workshops are provided to help the young people to move forward in society.

  

The highlight for the youngsters was a wet and windy night in October 2012 when ex Chelsea FC Captain, Dennis Wise, attended Imber Court, the home of Metropolitan Police FC, and coached thirty young players.

 

The new year brings new challenges and it is hoped the Imber Metz project continue to grow and involve more young people this season it is now providing football for U7.U8,U9.U10,U11,U13 and U18 players.

 

  

“The charity is helping young people in many ways but the positive outcomes sometimes are not shared. It is my privilege to report last year to you and the many positives that have come from it” – Clive Driscoll, Detective Chief Inspector – Metropolitan Police.

 

*Dennis Wise in the Community will soon be registered as Dennis Wise & Frankham Group Charitable Trust.

 


 

June 2013

 

Donate a Mini Bus

 

Many of  our supporters have shown an interest in donating your own bus as we have been doing through Dennis Wise in the Community, so we are now offering you the chance to be involved.    For a donation of £25,000 you will be able to purchase a new bus for a school of your choice which will include your company logo and our Charitable Trust image on.

  

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Pat Saville - pat.saville@frankham.com.

 

 


 

May 2013

 

May Ball @ The Savoy, London

 

Dennis Wise in the Community has once again proved that even in the current economic climate, supporting charities and raising money for children is never far from peoples’ hearts.   On Saturday 18th May we held our 2013 Dennis Wise in the Community Ball at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London and with over 250 people in attendance the night was a roaring success.

 

One of our many schools we support, Parkwood Hall School, even made a special appearance to entertain the guests at the reception with their Steelband and then the evening saw entertainment from Mark Walker, Jason Allen, Lady Grey Productions and The Colour Movement.

 

 

Parkwood Hall Steelband play at the Reception

  

These events are held to raise money for Dennis Wise in the Community, which is soon to be made into a registered Trust. The total so far from the evening, which includes a very generous donation of £25,000 from Gallions HA for a bus, looks to be in excess of £57,000 which is amazing. That will see the total amount raised to date reach the £800,000 mark!

 

 

The bus donation from Gallions will be the fifth bus, with the fourth one ordered and due to be allocated to a school soon.

  

A big thank you from Steve Frankham, Pat Saville and Becky Bosman for those who helped make the evening a great success .

Here’s to the next great event and reaching the £1,000,000 mark……

 

Thanks Again.

 


 

Spreading Joy to Birtley House  

 

Since our last fundraising lunch in November 2012 where we reported on the bus donations to The Village School, London and The Priory School, Spalding the bus donations continue with our third mini bus being donated to a local school called Birtley House in West Kingsdown.

 

The school was nominated to receive a bus by Jerry Watts of FLR Spectron who’s son Christopher attends the school.  Birtley School cater for children with a range of needs working at age expected levels and below. They support the children in various ways to target their area of need. Areas of need may include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, High Functioning Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, General Learning Delay and Mild ADD. Many children have an undiagnosed difficulty, some just need some confidence building.

With all your continuing support we have already been able to order the fourth bus ready to be donated to another school in the coming months.  If you know of a school that could benefit from receiving one of our mini buses please do let us know.

  


 

Supporters Going the Extra Mile

 

We are very lucky to have many loyal supporters and one of them, Stephane Davaine of Coutts & Co, went the extra mile...quite literally.

  

Stephane recently took part in the Marathon de Paris and nominated Dennis Wise in the Community as his favoured charity to raise funds for. Out of over 38,000 runners Stephane ranked 11,425 with an official time of 04:06:08.  Through his sponsorship, Stephane has so far managed to raise over £2,000 for us and Burgess Autistic Trust.

 

Thank you ‘Super Steph’, you are a star.