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London Marathon 2015

26 April 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00

Virgin London Marathon


Sporting Achievement Award goes to SAS FC

Written: 24 March 2015

The best person to tell this story is someone who has watched this football club evolve over the past two years, Mick Dawber. This is what he said about this partnership at the ALMT Burns Night supper in February:


'I could quote stats to you about St. Ann’s being amongst the 10% most deprived areas in the country, but stats don’t really paint a comprehensive picture. The reality is that there is some real hardship in our local community, but there is also a strong sense of unity, and a desire to make positive change for the future.

Thanks to the funding and support from The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, SAS FC has grown from 1 team to 8 in just under 2 years, and has a solid foundation to ensure long term sustainability, but we still have a long way to go...We can identify individuals, steer them into football and away from negative life choices. Children as young as 6 are referred to us by the police, as they are associating with young men known to be involved in criminal activity.

We are also working with some of the more vulnerable and needy young people in our community, who have that many barriers to participation that without our assistance, it would be impossible for them to play football. Some of the children that we work with, some as young as 10, are full time carers for family members. This means that they cannot attend matches, as they need to be at home.

With both groups we are starting to see an increase in self-confidence, improved social skills, and a reduction in negative behaviour, both in school and in the community, as a result of playing for SAS FC.'


It's no surprise to us that they are being recognised for the success of what is now a thriving, fun and successful community football club.


Read more about the NCH charity awards here.

Our super supporters

Written: 18 March 2015

Thank you from Whitehawk After School Club

Written: 12 March 2015

We were delighted to receive this lovely thank you from the children who attend Whitehawk After Schools Club (WASP), a project run by Impact Initiatives in Sussex. The ALMT have supported the project though difficult financial times for the past two years, without this support, the club was facing closure and we're extremely proud to have played a vital role in their survival.


Read more about the partnership 

Fundraising just got fun

Written: 27 February 2015

The ALMT have three runners in this year's Virgin London Marathon and one of them is pulling out all the stops with her fundraising. Jane Good organised and hosted an amazing party at Bianco 43 in Blackheath last Friday 27th February.


100 fabulous guests arrived to enjoy a marathon themed raffle, drinks and snacks provided by Bianco 43 and to show their support for Jane and the ALMT.


The ALMT were there to chat to guests and we took a couple of snaps while we were there.


You can sponsor Jane here:


Burns Night strikes again!

Written: 11 February 2015

Although we were a little late for Burns Night, it didn't stop our piper, whisky drinkers and haggis lovers from joining us at Café de Paris last Thursday 5th February for dinner and a celebration of everything the ALMT does.


We can't wait to update you on the grand fundraising total but for now, here's a few sneaky preview shots from the night.


Thank you to all who attended and all the wonderful suppliers and people who helped make it happen...


Canaccord Genuity * Blackleaf Events * The Famous Grouse * Roberta Howett * The arty one * Café de Paris * Astley Clarke * Edward Waites * Ciaran Lee * Alannah Wilkins * Silvie Wallington * James Veale * Folie a Deux * Corney and Barrow * Superskills Travel * Berry Bros & Rudd * Will Ayres * The Hide Bar * Pasha Kovalev * The Hawksmoor * Hiver beer * The Whisky Show * Betty Etiquette * Sweet arrangements * Mongoose Cricket




Corney and Barrow cheque presentation

Written: 22 January 2015

The team at Corney and Barrow (C&B) bars spent December asking customers to add £1 to their bill to support the ALMT and our chosen partner, Footsteps Foundation.


They raised an amazing £5136 so the ALMT gate crashed their managers meeting to pick up the cheque and say a huge THANK YOU!


You can learn more about Footsteps Foundation on the ALMT partner page

Corney and Barrow Christmas

Written: 1 December 2014

Corney and Barrow bars accross the City of London will be asking you to add £1 to your bill this December to help the ALMT in supporting charity partner, Footsteps Foundation.


Last year, this amazing incentive raised over £8k for the ALMT and we're hoping to beat the total this year! Get yourself down to any one of the amazing bars, enjoy delicious wine, cocktails and food, and then add just £1 to your bill at the's that easy!


Whether you are looking for a post work glass of wine, an explosive Christmas party or ice skating in Exchange Square, Corney and Barrow can make it happen in style...check out their Christmas info.


Learn more about Footsteps foundation

Awegys School in Uganda say thank you to the ALMT

Written: 25 November 2014

Mtaala Foundation works with Ugandans to help Ugandans. It's aways nice to receive thank you letters, expecially when they're hand written. Read a little about the Mtaala journey below and find out how the ALMT got involved on the project page.


Several years ago, Alice Wegoye, a retired school teacher and mother of ten, felt she needed to help Uganda's orphans and children affected by war and extreme poverty. So she turned her house into a dorm, gave up her home and her land, and used her tiny pension to begin construction of a school in Kigo, Uganda. 


In 2008, inspired by Alice's dedication and vision, the Mtaala Foundation was set up to support and sustain what Alice had begun. in 2014-15 the ALMT are providing the organisation with the funds to cover 15 educational sponsorships. These sponsorships provide a crucial foundation for vulnerable children and at-risk youth who have endured war, the loss of their parents, the HIV epidemic, neglect and extreme poverty. The cost of an education for one year will also benefit the whole school with contributions towards the teachers, food for staff and pupils and accommodation which will create a stronger learning and nurturing environment.



Our fundraisers are smashing their targets

Written: 17 November 2014

We're amazingly proud of our supporters this week as they smash through their fundraising targets.


Simon Martyn and the ALMT are fundraising to produce an educational video to raise awareness about the dangers of water and young children. Not only did we succeed in raising the £35k needed but the video was also featured on ITV Breakfast and national news. The video has also achieved over 9500 views on the ALMT YouTube channel and we hope this figure continues to grow.


Support the video

View and share the video


Kathya Wright has walked 700km from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela covering around 20km per day. She set off at the beginning of October and we are so proud of her! She took on a real challenge and has beaten her £2k fundraising target.


Sponsor Kathya 



ALMT Burns Night 2015 SOLD OUT

Written: 12 November 2014

We're very happy to announce another full house for this year's ALMT Burns Night dinner. London's glamorous venue, Cafe de Paris, will play host for the second time in the events nine year history and we can't wait to return to this amazing venue.


We will have two very special guest speakers and a host of treats for our supporters and their guests. We raised over £70k at last year's dinner and we want to raise even more this year.


Watch this space for extra tables added in the New Year!

And we're off...

Written: 20 October 2014

Each year the ALMT face high demand for tickets and tables to the amazing annual Burns Night supper and this year is no different.


We'll be at Cafe de Paris on February 5th 2015 with almost 300 of our favourite people. 


We would like to hear from you if you're interested in supporting the event in any way e.g. auction prizes, sponsorship, volunteering...we're open to ideas. We'll always do our upmost to ensure your support doesn't go unnoticed so if you donate a prize/sponsor the event, we'll publicise how wonderful you are to all our supporters.


Get in touch if you think you can help, to buy a table or for more info:

Scoring new style in Nottinghamshire

Written: 14 October 2014

Having increased attendance to over 115 players in the past year and a half, St Anns and Sneinton Football Club (SASFC) figured it was time they got some style and identity and the ALMT were delighted to step in and support them. Supported in partnership with an ALMT co-funder, we are delighted that the teams have found an identity.


Being part of a team and wearing the team colours is extremely important for the young people who attend SAS FC. Some of the children have never felt accepted, trusted or a part of a team and by stepping into the clubs uniform they are part of a team, an integral part to the match and more than that, they are trusted to keep it, look after it and wear it with pride.

A simple 700km challenge!

Written: 2 October 2014

In Kathya's words: 'I will be walking about 20k a day, not because I am spiritual, not because I love travelling, not because I need to get fit and especially not because I need to be punished! I just REALLY want to raise funds for the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust ("ALMT").'


You can sponor Kathya here:


This challenge is not one for the faint hearted and we are in awe of Kathya's bravery! 


The walk starts in St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees and finishes about 780km later in Santiago.



New grants update

Written: 25 August 2014

After a succesful Trustees meeting in July, the ALMT have five new partners to add to the ever growing portfolio of successes. If you didn't receive the newsletter, here's a brief outline of what's going to happen over the next year:


The Mtaala Foundation: After a full year working with Mtaala on their mission and strategy, the ALMT are very happy to provide the organisation with the funds to cover 15 educational sponsorships. These sponsorships provide a crucial foundation for vulnerable children and at-risk youth who have endured war, the loss of their parents, the HIV epidemic, neglect and extreme poverty. The cost of an education for one year will also benefit the whole school with contributions towards the teachers, food for staff and pupils and accommodation which will create a stronger learning and nurturing environment.


The Fred Foundation: The Fred Foundation is built on the principle of allowing children with autism to reach their potential. Too many autistic children are being denied the one thing that would make the most profound difference to their lives and to the lives of their families – an individual specialised education programme. The Foundation was therefore set up to help fund education programmes for children with autism and the ALMT have jumped on board to support 10 families over the Christmas period.


Street Child Africa: With the help of an ALMT co-funder, we will be supporting the provision of football coaching and equipment to deter 450 at risk children from drifting to the streets in Lusaka, Zambia. Typically these children live in slums, are victims of physical and sexual abuse, are orphans and do not have a loving family to provide for them. The sessions will also be used as an opportunity to talk to children about issues that affect them and to discuss their feelings and concern to staff who can sign post children to other relevant services run by local partners, such as skills training or informal and formal education.


S.A.U.C.E: S.A.U.C.E. is a Spanish NGO which stands for Solidarity, Help, Hope Joy and Belief. Their goal is to try to answer to the lack of education and health facilities in Cambodia, to support people with disability, to help rebuild infrastructures and to assist the vulnerable, especially youth and women. The ALMT have made a commitment to support 18 girls to be trained in using a sewing machine enhancing their vocational skills. The grant will also provide a sewing machine and a micro loan to enable an income for the girls.


All Ears Cambodia: Fifty percent of hearing loss is preventable. In Cambodia, chronic ear infection is a leading cause, particularly in children. Management of infection is commonly overlooked leading to needless hearing loss and life-threatening complications. All Ears Cambodia combines cost effective primary ear healthcare to prevent hearing loss, with rehabilitative hearing aid fittings for those with a hearing impairment. The ALMT are supporting paediatric clinics that will be delivered daily to detect hearing loss early, provide rehabilitation, and to tackle pre-cursor infection to prevent hearing loss.


To sign up for the newsletter, visit the 'contact us' page and you can view the summer update here.

Help us fund an important message

Written: 12 August 2014

We need your help to not only fund the production of 'The Danger Age' educational video, but also to enable us to keep supporting families in need through our grief support service.


View the ITV news item


Make a donation to the project and the ALMT Grief Support service


View the film

The Danger Age Video

Written: 6 August 2014

Last year, 10 children aged under four died in water accidents in the UK. In a bid to try and reduce this figure, a short film called The Danger Age has been produced by bereavement counsellor Jenni Thomas, in consultation with families who’ve lost children to drowning with the support from the ALMT.


The title refers to children aged between two and four, who are most at risk from drowning. The film depicts three tragedies, all based on real-life events, of children drowning in a swimming pool, garden pond and the bath. These are the most common places for accidental water deaths.


The film was featured on Good Morning Britain and ITV news today where Jenni Thomas OBE and bereaved parents Lorna and Jason Else spoke about the ALMT funded film 'The Danger Age' and highlighted the importance of being espcially vigilant with toddlers around water.


You can view the film here. Please share with as many people as you can and if you would like to support the production of the film and help the ALMT's bereavement support service for the future, please visit the Just giving page.


ALMT will be hanging out in a hanger

Written: 3 July 2014

We are looking forward to joining Exclusively Events at their prestigious two day extravaganza, The Elite London, on July 25th and 26th. We'll be hanging out in the family area with photographer Ciaran Lee, a dedicated supporter of the ALMT. You can find out more about the event using the link below.


If you are interested in learning more about Exclusively Events, or The Elite London, please contact

Fundraising for a very important film

Written: 1 July 2014

The ALMT is matching donations to produce an educational film to raise awareness of the danger of water and young children. We need your support to fund not only the making of this film, but also the ongoing work of the ALMT bereavement support service that supports families and children who have lost a child or sibling.


We need your help: For every £ you donate, the ALMT will match up to £12,500 making your donation twice as valuable. By ticking the Gift Aid box, you are also allowing the ALMT to claim up to an extra 25%, increasing your £ further. DONATE NOW

Find out if your company offers match giving and apply, the ALMT will also match any payroll giving.


This film will be based on the experiences and words of bereaved families of toddlers who have drowned and will be broadcast to a mass audience via television and the internet using You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, parenting networks such as Mumsnet and Granniesnet, and official education, health and safety bodies.

The film is being made with the generous pro-bono time and talents of Jenni Thomas OBE, Brad Williams, senior TV producer and media adviser for the London 2012 Olympics, Simon Walters, award-winning Fleet St Journalist and Caroline Jay, actress and author.

Footsteps join the ALMT team

Written: 18 June 2014

This year's beneficiary organisation of funds raised by the amazing team at Corney and Barrow (C&B) is Footsteps Foundation, a super organisation that improves the quality of life for children and young adults affected by neurological disorders, enabling them to receive the intensive physiotherapy they need regardless of whether their parents can afford private treatment or not.


The team at C&B have already raised over £1500 for Footsteps including five fit members of the team running the Bupa 10k last month.


You can find out more about Footsteps Foundation on the ALMT partners page here

Swapping spirits for soft drinks

Written: 13 May 2014

We're super delighted to announce that not only are seven members of the Corney and Barrow (C&B) team running the Bupa 10K in two weeks, they are running it to raise money for ALMT partner, Footsteps Foundation.


Sponsor the team here


Footsteps Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for children and young adults affected by neurological disorders, enabling them to receive the intensive physiotherapy they need regardless of whether their parents can afford private treatment or not. Since the charity was founded in 2008, they have provided financial assistance to over 150 individual children accessing over 500 hours of therapy at the Footsteps Centre. Children who were never expected to walk have taken their first steps. Others have developed independent life skills through their improving levels of confidence. Furthermore, the therapy has a roll-on effect, noticeably impacting on the lives of the child’s parents, siblings, carers and teachers


For financial year 2013-14, the ALMT will be supporting Footsteps Foundation with money raised through the C&B partnership.

This Carrs got a full tank of petrol!

Written: 17 April 2014

Danny Carr completed the Virgin London Marathon in 5 hours and 24 minutes last week and raised an amazing £9326.25 in the process! Danny has endured months of training, early nights and blisters and we hope it was all worth it!


Each year, ALMT supporters rise to the Marathon challenge and each year, we are blown away by the generosity of their friends, family and colleagues in their sponsorship!


We have five places for next year's event so please contact for more information.

Checkmate for Chess in Schools project in Bristol

Written: 2 April 2014

'Throughout the last four terms my class have been involved in the CSC programme with Kajetan Wandowicz teaching them.
Whilst in these lessons, my class have been completely engaged and motivated into playing chess regularly in and out of school.
Although originally some children found it hard to access some of the lessons due to limited knowledge using coordinates, I have found they have gained a lot in this aspect of mathematics and furthermore it has helped develop and aid their understanding during our class mathematics and ultimately their individual progression.
This year I have found my class completely emerged into mathematics and as a result of their chess lessons and class maths lessons simultaneously I have seen maths have the highest progress than that of any other subject we have been learning.'


Kirsty Miller from Year 4

Team Philippines off to a great start

Written: 31 March 2014

The 2014 Street Child World Cup, organised in association with Save the Children, exploded into life this weekend with the official opening ceremony enjoyed by a capacity crowd at the Lonier Maracanã, Rio, Brazil.


The ceremony featured music performed by the Rio de Janiero British School Orchestra, appearances from star footballers Gilberto Silva and Luis Boa Morte, and messages of support from Pope Francis and Prince William the Duke of Cambridge.


You can catch up on all the action by following the Street Child World Cup website where there are regular updates, score tables, videos and images being updated all the time. You can also help raise awareness of the event by tweeting #IamSomebody or by following the SCWC on Facebook or Youtube. 


Street Child World Cup on Youtube:




Danny's marathon 2014

Written: 4 March 2014

A brave Deutsche Bank employee is taking on the London Marathon for the ALMT on 13th April 2014.

Unfortunately ALMT Trust Director Silvie Wallington had become injurred and will be deferirng her place to next year.


Check our their fundraising pages, sponsorship goes to the ALMT!

Burns Night 2014 - Carnival extravaganza!

Written: 19 February 2014

Carnival, capoeira dancers and cocktails, another amazing line up for guests at this year's ALMT Burns Night.

The Partner for this year's event was Street Child World Cup who are currently just weeks away from hosting exactly that, a Street Child World Cup in Rio! Partnering with street child organisations around the World, the Street Child World Cup believes that 'this is more than a game'.

Find out more 


Burns Night has raised over £65,000 for the ALMT and Street Child World Cup and some of the funds will be used to support the Philippines team which was sponsored by the ALMT back in the Durban World Cup in 2010.


We are delighted and grateful to all our guests who not only bid in the auction, but also pledged their support directly to some of the ALMT's partners!


Here's to next year!

London Marathon count down!

Written: 11 February 2014

Danny Carr, Shilpa Kapur and, ALMT Trust Director, Silvie Wallington are all donning the lycra for this years Virgin London Marathon.

All our runners are marathon newbies and are looking for all the support they can get. Check out their fundraising pages below and, if you can, sponsor them to help them over those final few miles!

Change bereavement leave

Written: 13 January 2014

When a child dies, particularly if that death is sudden and unexpected, there should be provision for the parents to take paid time off work. While many good employers offer compassionate leave, there is no statutory right to leave and this campaign aims to introduce four weeks of paid “bereavement leave” for parents. The change could be made in the forthcoming Children and Families Bill anticipated this Parliamentary session.


Have you been affected by the lack of statutory bereavement leave? Please conact to share your story and fight the cause.



Corney and Barrow bars give the ALMT a very happy New Year!

Written: 6 January 2014

During the month of December 2013, Corney and Barrow (C&B) staff in 11 different Corney and Barrow bars were asking their customers to add £1 to their bill as a dontation for the ALMT. They have raised an amazing total of over £8250 and we'd like to say a massive thank you to the team at C&B and all their customers who have helped to make this a Christmas to remember.

ALMT Christmas hours

Written: 20 December 2013

The ALMT office will be closed from Monday 23rd December 2013 until Monday 6th January 2014.


Have a wonderful Christmas break 



Corney and Barrow is making our Christmas very special

Written: 18 December 2013

Corney and Barrow (C&B) began their Christmas fundraising campaign just 18 days ago and have already raised £5335 for the ALMT by encouraging customers to add just one pound to their bill! With 13 days still to go until the New Year, we can't wait to find out the final total!


It feels like Christmas has come early! THANK YOU C&B

Christmas update

Written: 17 December 2013

Read about our latest newsletter and find out what we've been up to!

Help change bereavement leave

Written: 27 November 2013

When a child dies, particularly if that death is sudden and unexpected, there should be provision for the parents to take paid time off work. While many good employers offer compassionate leave, there is no statutory right to leave and this campaign aims to introduce four weeks of paid “bereavement leave” for parents. The change could be made in the forthcoming Children and Families Bill anticipated this Parliamentary session.

Join the campaign and sign the petition now.



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Songwriting charity in the press

Written: 26 November 2013

If you haven't heard about it already, we're supporting the Songwriting Charity's Bully Beat programme.

Bully Beat has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious antibullying message.


The three key messages are: Looking out for your peers, particularly the most vulnerable; how to report worries, and keeping yourself safe. The more we talk about it, the stronger the anti-bullying message becomes. When you transform those messages into song, they are amplified and all the more impactive. Every workshop produces a song that every child has contributed to. It is written, rehearsed and recorded on the day, uploaded and available for free to download, that very evening. 


Read about them in the Sittingbourne Gazette

Corney and Barrow are at it again this Christmas

Written: 25 November 2013

For the third year in a row, ALMT's very special charity partner, Corney and Barrow, are going to be working hard over Christmas raising valuable funds for the ALMT and our partners. 


Customers visiting any of the Corney and Barrow Bars will be given the option to add £1 to their bill. Every single pound added will go to the ALMT! Enjoy delicious drinks, amazing food and exceptional service knowing that you are helping the ALMT with every bite!


Find your nearest Corney and Barrow bar now:

Check out the Corney and Barrow Christmas party pack:

Burns NIght 2014 prep in full swing

Written: 20 November 2013

Here's a little teaser of what you can expect from Burns Night 2014. Just check out some of the fabulous sponsors so far!

Super new grants for new and existing ALMT partners

Written: 23 October 2013

The ALMT has committed funding to the following partners for 2014 and we can't stop talking about it!


AfriKids - as a long term partner of the Trust, the ALMT will be supporting 150 children in Ghana with education materials and their families with healthcare and goats for rearing to help create a new stream of income that will go towards paying schooling costs in the future. 


Lotus Outreach - Now in it's third year, the ALMT is assisting another 65 girls in Cambodia to receive residential housing and educational scholarships.


Chess in Schools and Communities(CSC) - with a mission is to improve children's educational outcomes and foster their social development by introducing them to the game of chess in primary schools and inner city communities, the ALMT is proud to be supporting the expansion of the programme in Bristol.


Wallasey Sea Cadets - Wallasey Sea Cadets offers young people fun activities whilst achieving qualifications based on a nautical theme and the ALMT are helping them continue their hard work by providing the funds for new rigging, a trailer and TV's.

ALMT Burns Night 2014 - SOLD OUT

Written: 14 October 2013

We have sold out of tables for the ALMT and Street Child United Burns Night 2014. If you would like to be on a reserve list for a table, please contact

With carnival colour, capoeira dancers, cocktails and a Brazilian vibe, Burns Night 2014 is going to be a great warm up for the Street Child World Cup in Rio!


Learn more about Street Child United:


Tables are fast selling out for Burns Night 2014

Written: 3 October 2013

Join us in celebrating Burns Night 2014 with carnival, caipirinhas and fiesta!


The ALMT are partnering with Street Child United for this year's party. They have inspired 20 grassroots street child projects across the world to take part in the Street Child World Cup in Rio, Brazil, in 2014 and we want to help them all get there!


Tickets are available for tables of ten at £170pp, £1700 per table, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: to reserve your table.


Dress code: Lounge suits and cocktail dresses *****When: 23rd January 2014*****Where: The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA*****Time: 18:30 – 01:00*****

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Bully Beat hits the press

Written: 25 September 2013

Kent online published a fantastic story about the Song Writing Charity's Bully Beat programme which has recently started in the Kent district of Swale.


The Song Writing Charity Founder, Nathan Timothy, summed up the ALMT funded project by saying:  


“The idea is to get children across the country talking through a regional and national network of song, promoting positive anti-bullying intervention."


“The more we talk, the stronger the anti-bullying message becomes."


“And when you transform those messages into song, they are amplified all the more.”


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SAS FC step it up a notch in their new strip!

Written: 11 September 2013

The season has started in style for St Anns and Sneinton Football Club (SAS FC) with a brand new kit!

C&B Duck Derby is coming to Exchange Square

Written: 19 August 2013

Corney and Barrow (C&B) in Exchange Square are hosting the ‘C&B Duck Derby’ on September 4th 2013. The waterfall becomes a frantic and competitive duck race and for each entry, the ALMT receive some of the proceeds! This year, the ALMT and Corney and Barrow have chosen Peckham Shed as the beneficiary with money raised. The total will help us to support Peckham Shed in delivering their outreach programme in 2014.


It is £5.00 per duck to race in the event, there are several different heats and then a final race with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


It will run from 12.30 – 2.30pm and is a fun and ingenious way to raise money for the ALMT and a good excuse for everyone to have a mingle! 


Contact for more info or check out the Corney and Barrow bars website:

Annual Report and Accounts

Written: 29 July 2013

You can now view the most recent set of ALMT accounts and our wonderful annual review. Simple visit the About us page or download it here.


New grants and renewed partnerships

Written: 24 July 2013

We're delighted to announce two brand new partnerships this month with ACE Africa and Alive and Kicking. The ALMT Board also made the decision to continue supporting Siblings Together in delivering their amazing Monthly Activity Days, bringing siblings separated through the care system together.


Read about the Siblings Together partnership


ACE Africa: In the rural communities where Ace Africa operates, children are exposed to a challenging environment in which to develop. Problems facing these children include but are not limited to; being orphaned, living below the poverty line and inability to access food, education and medication as well as being forced to engage in child labour to help the household out of poverty. Girls frequently are absent from school during menstruation, and as a result miss one week in four, seriously hampering their learning in school.


Through funding from ALMT and the Mac Bevan Foundation, 240 vulnerable children will be provided with a school uniform who would otherwise not be allowed to attend school. The result of this is improved enrolment, attendance and retention in school, leading to improved academic standards. 1000 girls will benefit over a year from a monthly supply of sanitary towels, providing them with the opportunity to be in school month round.


Read about the ACE Africa partnership


Alive and Kicking: Operating as a social enterprise, Alive and Kicking uses sustainable business practices to meet the charitable objectives of generating employment for adults, providing balls for children and educating young people about preventable disease. 


Working with the ALMT, Alive & Kicking will run a series of coaching sessions and sports tournaments for visually impaired children in Kenya. Alive & Kicking are in a fantastic position to develop this initiative, being experienced in organising football tournaments and already making specially designed balls that contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on sound rather than sight. The project will provide visually impaired children with access to organised sport, giving them confidence, self-esteem and a feeling of solidarity, as well as three days of enjoyment.


Read about the Alive and Kicking partnership

Dynamos Day 2013 kicked off in style

Written: 2 July 2013

The British summer made a very welcome appearance at last weekend's Dynamos Day 2013.


Coaches from Downley Dynamos Junior Football Club have been working hard for months, organising a presentation day with a difference. There was no shortage of things to eat, drink and play with cake stands, a bar and even a coconut shy! The highlight of the day was the mascots race featuring Harry the Hatter from Luton FC, Harry the Hornet from Watford FC and Bodger from Wycombe Wanderers. The mascots displayed agility during the weave, precision in their goal scoring ability, and expert skills at attempting to trip their opponents! Harry the Hornet took the crown and helped the ALMT raise over £150 as the pubic placed bets on their favourite.


ALMT founder Nick Lawson became auctioneer for the day with the star lot, a Manchester United 2013 squad signed football, selling for £450!


The ALMT loved meeting the Downley community and this is definitely a day we won't forget in a hurry. We're counting the days until next year!




London to Paris - 'Mission Accomplished' says our intrepid cyclist Kuldeep

Written: 22 June 2013

Kuldeep Gill overcame a old knee injury to complete this epic journey and raised almost £2000 for the ALMT in the process. His photo does all the talking as he completed the 300m cycle under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, on Saturday 22nd June.


Our huge congratulations Kuldeep!


If you have been inspired by any of the challenges taken on by ALMT supporters, get in touch and we can work out a challenge that's right for you

They did it! Three Peaks in 24 hours!

Written: 19 June 2013

They braved the weather, the lack of toilet facilities and one another’s constant company, and raised over £4000 in the process! We are so amazed and proud of the team and only wish we had more room for photos. Annabel Bosman sums up the experience:


'...despite all the blisters, damaged limbs and fatigue the general consensus was that we enjoyed it in an odd sort of way and I did overhear someone discussing next year (I ignored him for now!)'



The Blenheim Triathlon: 'Fun, atmospheric and memorable'

Written: 13 June 2013

Alex predicted his training would be miserable but having completed the Blenheim Triathlon in a great time he can't stop talking about his experience! He completed his swim in 00:13:53, his cycle in 00:43:16 and his run in  00:26:29, with a final time of 01:32:11.


Alex talks about his experience:


'The start of the swim was SO atmospheric. One moment there are two hundred identically coloured green swim hats bobbing in the water. The next moment, looking forwards over the course, the air fills with flailing arms and foam. SO memorable. I could go on and on...'


Alex has raised over £750 for the ALMT and it sounds like this might not be his last challenge!


If you're interested in taking part in an event for the ALMT please contact

Nightrider was an 'amazing experience' for the ALMT challengers

Written: 12 June 2013

4,000 cyclists pedalled through London overnight on 8/9 June supporting over 200 charities; Seven of those cyclists were raising money for the ALMT! 


Mel Harwood and Gemma Bowman from Corney and Barrow took off from Crystal Palace and have described the event as an 'amazing experience'.

Nick Lawson, Martin Leeper, Andy Watts, Jon Dickingson, David Chapman and Justin Lewis all started the challenge from Alexandra Palace at midnight and tweeted their journey across London. 


Combined, the seven cyclists raised over £2,200 for the ALMT and we can't wait until next year. If you're interested in taking part in 2014, please contact

Rachel Riley is the ALMT's Lucky Star on ITV's 'Tipping Point'

Written: 9 June 2013

Sunday June 9th saw Rachel Riley, Chris Kamara and Stacey Solomon stand face to face with a giant coin drop on ITV's Tipping Point Lucky Stars. The aim of the game is simple, answer questions to have a shot at knocking coins into the prize bin. Presented by Ben Shepard, the show saw Rachel fly into the lead as Chris Kamara failed to win any money and Stacey Solomon was penalised for a couple of wrong answers.


When it came to the crunch however, Rachel was unlucky with the way her coins landed and Stacey went through to the final where she took home the £20,000 jackpot for her charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK. 


Before the coins let her down, Rachel had breezed through most of the questions and had managed to bank an amazing £2600 for the ALMT! Thank you Rachel for being such a sensational ambassador for the ALMT!

A month of challenge madness!

Written: 5 June 2013

As well as the eight brave cyclists taking part in Nightrider this weekend and the nine climbers tackling the three peaks on June 15th, this month still has more to give.


Alex Hickman will be taking part in the Blenheim Triathalon this weekend and in his own words: 'The training is going to be miserable but it will be a bit easier if I know that I'm rasing a few quid and I imagine you'll be thrilled to know that I'm going to suffer some discomfort.   The ALMT is a very efficient charity so I'm thrilled to be swimming, cycling, running for them.'

Sponsor Alex here


Kuldeep Gill is gearing up for the London to Paris cycle on June 19th. The ride is almost 500km long and Kuldeep has covered all the costs for taking part in the event meaning that every single penny raised will come directly to the ALMT.

Sponsor Kuldeep here

Deutsche Bank AWM team take on the 3 peaks!

Written: 22 May 2013

These fearless challengers will attempt to climb the highest mountains of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. 


Ben Nevis (1,344 m or 4,409 ft), the highest mountain in Scotland
Scafell Pike (978 m or 3,209 ft), the highest mountain in England
Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (1,085 m or 3,560 ft), the highest mountain in Wales

The total distance walked is estimated at 42 kilometres (26 mi) with a total ascent of 9,800 feet (3,000 m).


Stephen Green, Joe Knight, Annabel Bosman, Corin George, Matthew Garnham, Pritee Jilka, Damien Crommie and Daniel Bellamy have three weeks to prepare themselves for this momentus challenge which will take place on June 15th. They are all raising money for the ALMT and you can sponsor them here


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A helpful mention from some high class auctioneers

Written: 20 May 2013

One of the ALMT's youth ambassadors, Tom Eaton Turner, contacted Lots Road Auctions while volunteering for the ALMT during his Easter holiday. We were delighted when the auction house offered to feature the ALMT on their newsletter. 

Read the Lots Road Auctions newsletter


The ALMT are developing the Youth Ambassador scheme. Volunteering for the ALMT can contribute towards the Duke of Edinburgh award and with events and partners to visit throughout the year, being a youth ambassador is a fun way to get involved.

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One month countdown to Nightrider 2013 begins

Written: 7 May 2013

On June 8th at around midnight, 4000 cyclists will be hitting the streets of London, covering 100km to raise money for charity. Amongst them will be 11 ALMT supporters who have been training hard and are taking on the challenge to raise funds for the Trust.


Nick Lawson, Martin Leeper, Jon Dickinson, Jamal Shoukry, Justin Lewis, Andy Watts and David Chapman represent one of the ALMT's fearless teams. They will be starting their pedaling marathon from Alexandra Palace.

Sponsor them here


Gemma Bowman, Kirsty Butterfield and Mel Harwood are going above and beyond their management roles at Corney and Barrow(C&B) by giving it some pedal power starting from Crystal Palace. C&B continue to amaze with their dedication to the ALMT!

Sponsor them here


There are still a few places remaining if you would like to take part in Nightrider 2013 and raise money for the ALMT. Register here.



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Game show veteran Rachel Riley strikes gold again for the ALMT

Written: 21 April 2013

What a day for the ALMT, the Virgin London Marathon followed by some excellent television in the shape of channel 4 game show, 5 minutes to a fortune celebrity special. Raising money for the ALMT and Rethink Mental Illness, Rachel Riley and Russell Kane joined forces to face the hourglass of tumbling pound coins in a brain battle to win money for charity! 


Rachel faced 4 rounds of nerve wracking mental challenges to get Russell into the final when they stopped the clock at £18,200, an excellent total! 


Rachel Riley, ALMT ambassador, is a dedicated supporter of the ALMT and with her support we have been able to help thousands of children and young people around the World! THANK YOU Rachel and Russell for coming together to raise money for two amazing organisations.

Sunny, super, sensational London Marathon 2013

Written: 21 April 2013

The sun showed up today to support the 36,000 runners in this year's Virgin London Marathon. Among them were five people who have worked tirelessly in raising money for the ALMT over the past 4 months. Tor and Logie Fitzwilliams, Jonathan Barnett, Rich Herman and ALMT Founder Nick Lawson have collectively raised almost £50,000! 


Tor and Logie have pledged their fundraising to supporting the ALMT Grief Support services while Jonathan, Nick and Rich will work with the ALMT in directing their donations to various partners throughout 2013 and beyond. 


You can still sponsor them on their incredible achievement  by visiting their fundraising pages.

ALMT Burns Night raises over £8,000 in targeted grants

Written: 9 April 2013

Every year the ALMT hosts a flamboyant, fun and fantastical Burns Night Supper. For 2013, we thought we'd do something very special. As guests were entertained by Rachel Riley and Comedian, Patrick Monahan, they had the opportunity to pledge funds to directly benefit some of the ALMT's partners. 


The benefitting partners are:


Afican Village School Fund (AVSF) - ALMT supporters pledged money to cover the cost of calor gas for over a year at the AVSF kitchen, integral to sustaining their feeding programme.

Lotus Outreach - Guests pledged enough money to purchse over 10 bicycles for this innovative programme providing transportation for girls in Cambodia to attend school.

St Anns and Sneinton Football Club (SASFC) - The club now has the funds to buy trophies for an entire season!

Siblings Together - Generous donors pledged funds to cover the cost of tents and equipment for the annual Siblings Camps, week long holidays bringing siblings separated in the care system together.

Mac Bevan Smile Fund - This ALMT initiative is now able to support an extra World Care Patient in this partnership with Operation Smile. The Fund exists to support those with facial deformities too severe to be treated at Operation Smiles regular clinics.

Peckham Shed - Thanks to Burns Night, Peckham Shed are able to provide sign language training to volunteers and purchase sensory materials for their workshops.


ALMT Spring Newsletter

Written: 21 March 2013

Introducing opportunities with the ALMT to co-fund, volunteer and get involved. We have two new partnerships and the grand revealing of the Burns Night photo album!


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Founder Nick Lawson in hot wing Mexican showdown

Written: 15 February 2013

Corney and Barrow, Mason's Avenue donned their sombreros and offered customers 2-4-1 margarita's to launch their new refurbishment and raise money for the ALMT.

Customers donated £10 each to take part in a hot chicken wing eating competition. Not to be outshon, Nick Lawson stepped up to the plate and put on a sterling performance, narrowly missing out on the crown and coming second.

The night raised over £250 for the ALMT! Another great event from the C&B team!

House of Commons reception

Written: 1 February 2013

This Wednesday 6th February, the Trust will host a very special reception at the House of Commons celebrating its collaboration with Jenni Thomas OBE and Caroline Jay on a new publication, 'What Does Dead Mean'. The book uses the questions children ask about death and dying and will play a key role in the development of the Trusts grief services currently offered.

ALMT and AfriKids Burns Night 2013 a great success

Written: 30 January 2013

Burns Night 2013 hosted by Cafe de Paris was a night for two great organisations to share delicious food, crazy cocktails and cringingly funny comedy from Patrick Monahan. Long term ALMT supporter Rachel Riley also took to the stage to host a fun quiz. Guests enjoyed a wonderful three course meal served up by Cafe de Paris and amazing bubbling cocktails from ALMT charity partner, Hire the Barman. Truffle trees garnished the tables and guests were invited to take a box home at the end of the evening. Each year, Burns Night acts as a unique platform to showcase the ALMT's achievements throughout the previous year and it never fails to inspire, invigorate and interest our VIP guests.

Watch this space for photographs from the night and our final fundraising total.

ALMT visit Lotus Outreach in Cambodia

Written: 30 January 2013

A representative from Lotus Outreach in Cambodia and the programmes manager from the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre organised a full itinerary for the ALMT to visit the girls the Trust is supporting through the GATE programme. GATE stands for, Girls access to education, and the ALMT has supported the project for two years. The grant provided by the ALMT supports scholarships and residential housing for girls in 3 areas of Cambodia who would otherwise be at risk of trafficking, abuse and forced labour.

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