The Axentis Michael Charitable Trust provides financial support to those who need it the most, in and around Weston-super-Mare.
Formed initially as a one-off memorial event in memory of Weston-super-Mare hotelier and businessman, the first event raised a staggering £150,000 in just one night. And so the Trust was born.
Now a small charity memorial trust managed by the Axentis family, the Trust has raised and donated in excess of £1.5M since it began in 2003, with the focal fundraising event being a spectacular bi-annual Memorial Ball.
The Trust is unlike other charities; the main focus is on raising funds and once the funds have been raised, the causes are selected and donations are distributed to those most in need within the local community.
Major beneficiaries have included Weston Hospicecare, Weston Hospital Children’s Ward and multiple local families and children with life-restricting conditions needing treatment that is not covered by the NHS.
The Axentis Michael Charitable Trust also supports and donates funds to local groups, charities and organisations who work to support the local community.
“We are so grateful to the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust for their generous contribution, which will make a huge difference to Phoebe’s quality of life.”Charlotte Small, Phoebe’s Mum.
“I’m so grateful to the Trust for helping me fulfil my bucket list.”Jo Phillips, Cancer Fighter.
“I had a call from the Trust who said they were going to cover the rest of the costs I needed for my treatment - I couldn’t believe it. It would have taken me another three or four years, at least, to raise enough money.”Kevin Binding, Stroke Survivor.
“Without this wonderful donation, we wouldn’t have been able to purchase this specialist chair, which really will make an enormous difference to our patients.”John Bailey, Director of Patient Care at Weston Hospicecare.
“I had a phone call when I was putting the children to bed – the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust had offered to contribute £32,000 towards Jacob's treatment. My husband came down the stairs and I screamed!”Nicola Baird, Jacob’s Mum.
“The trailer funded by Axentis Michael Charitable Trust is proving invaluable to our work providing inclusive cycling using adapted equipment for children and adults alike.”Lin Thomas, Founder of Age-2-Age.
“Thank you for enabling our family to have the freedom to do what many families take for granted.”Emma, Isabella’s Mum.