PayBack: how small gestures change lives
Everyone at SD Worx is extremely proud of the work we do to raise funds for our own registered charity, The PayBack Foundation. Now in its twentieth year, our colleagues have raised over £600K, helping over 700 local families!
One of the children we have been fortunate to support through The PayBack Foundation is Ashton McPhee, a four year old little boy from Glasgow. Ashton was born at 23 weeks gestation, has Cerebral Palsy, chronic lung disease and hearing loss due to his premature birth. Ashton’s type of Cerebral Palsy is severe, limiting his functional movements, meaning he is unable to sit up by himself and is unable to walk, as such Ashton is fully dependent on his parents to complete all his daily care needs. Despite the many challenges Aston has faced, he is a vivacious and charming little boy, who doesn’t let his disabilities stand in the way of him enjoying life. You can find out more about Ashton’s journey via his Facebook page.
Ashton’s family approached The PayBack Foundation for assistance in purchasing a specialist car seat. The provision of a specialist car seat was required to enable Ashton and his family to get out and complete routine family activities, such as trips to the park, shopping, visiting friends and family and well as attending medical appointments.
Kerry, Ashton’s mum, had this to say:
We cannot thank your amazing charity enough for funding Ashton’s new car seat. It’s an invaluable piece of equipment that we rely on daily to make life with Ashton a bit easier. Ashton loves being in the car and the design of this seat means it will grow with him for years to come. Thank you!
PayBack Golf Day
Colleagues at SD Worx hold numerous fundraising events throughout the year; one of our most recent events was our annual PayBack Golf Day held at Goring and Streatley Golf Club on 4th July. The event had a fantastic turnout with the total number of donations amounting to over £3,500! The atmosphere was friendly yet competitive, with a variety of attendees including SD Worx employees, customers, suppliers, family members, friends and even an ex-international rugby player.
A number of competitions were held throughout the day including highest score, Beat the Pro, longest drive and, for the first time ever, shortest drive. Congratulations to Ali Holland, Paul Collett, Simon White and Gary Carver who won the course and each took home a pair of Adidas Adipure Flex golf shoes.
Every penny raised goes directly to helping local children, SD Worx cover any admin costs associated with running the charity, and the committee is made up entirely by colleagues.
Established in 1997, The PayBack Foundation (or PayBack as it’s commonly referred to) was created to enable SD Worx colleagues to “give back” to their local communities. PayBack provides grants for equipment not available via the NHS or support services, to help improve the lives of disabled children and their families. To be eligible for a PayBack grant, the applicant must be 17 or under at the point of application, and must live or attend school within 10miles of a SD Worx UK and Ireland office. PayBack also assists organisations working with children, who fit this criteria.