There's much to talk about this summer, the ALMT Annual Report and Accounts for the year 2015/16, some fantastic new charity partnerships, an exciting new corporate partnership and some super fundraisers. Enjoy the update and don't hesitate to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.


It's always such a pleasure to put together the annual report and accounts and we hope you enjoy reading this colourful overview of another fantastic year! If you have any questions or want to get more involved please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

Here's a snippet from ALMT Founder Nick Lawson on what 2015-16 meant to the Trust and it's supporters:

'It’s been another significant year for the ALMT! The Board of Trustees and I have been reflecting upon the changes in society in this country and internationally with regards to the reduction in social provisions, charitable giving trends and the sense of responsibility that is increasingly on the masses to ‘be the change you want to see in the World’, to quote Ghandi.

The ALMT dug deeper than ever this year to engage with more individuals and promote the ‘Relationships Worth Sharing’ ethos, which has evolved these past few years, with the development of the Co-Funding scheme and direct project pledges. By offering the choice, relinquishing the power, and sharing information, ALMT supporters have enjoyed knowing exactly where their donation has been spent, be it large or small, to purchase a single chicken or to fund a pre-school for a year. We are immensely proud that the ALMT offering is taking a small charitable Trust and turning it into a co-operative of active and informed givers.'

Read the full report here

Supporting children affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster

ALMT has partnered with the Thomas Schools Foundation (TSF) to fund the delivery of Art Psycho Therapy in the most badly affected schools in the Grenfell vicinity. The aim is to help groups of children to deal with the loss of classmates and homes, school displacment and the trauma of the looming burnt out tower block through art therapy.

'In my experience, children need to speak now, they need to speak about it, draw about it, think about it now.'

Programme Leader, Susan Rudnick - Lecturer in Art Therapy at Goldsmiths University and a Paediatric Therapist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Exciting new partnership with RenaissanceRe

The ALMT are delighted to announce a new and exciting partnership with RenaissanceRe. This year we have some grand plans to set in motion so watch this space for updates on runs/cycles/climbs, partners, volunteers and all other exciting prospects this partnership promises to bring.

The team of over 100 are looking forward to getting their teeth into Co-Funding and meeting some of the ALMT’s long-term and up-coming charity partners. We’d like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to everyone at RenaissanceRe and get ready for a jam packed year!
Climbing Mountains for Siblings Together!

Mungo Lawson and Robbie Welsh decided to set a Sottish summer challenge for themselves and their mums Kara and Susan to raise money for Siblings Together. Together they climbed the most southerly Munro Ben Lomond, the most northerly Ben Hope and the highest Munro Ben Nevis.

Being together as a family, creating memories through experience and pulling on the bonds that hold us tight is a poignant reminder of the simple but essential aim of Siblings Together.

You can still support the endeavour by visiting Mungo's fundraising page.

Co-Funding Dinner

We're getting ready to host our third Co-Funding dinner coming up in October. Co-funding is an ALMT initiative focussed on working together with individuals and businesses to jointly support projects with full access to applications, budgets and reports. Scott's Mayfair is hosting the event with 25 guests coming together to share ideas and collaboate on partner projects.

If this interests you, we'd love to see you at the next one, get in touch to find out more.

New Generation Partners - Burundi - Co-Funded

Burundi is the second poorest country in the world, bordered with Rwanda, Tanzania and the DR Congo with an estimated 600,000 orphans and street children deriving from conflict, poverty and/or Aids. The lack of child rights and protection is a significant social issue with gender discrimination keeping the status of girls among the lowest in society. 

Road to School is a holistic street child programme to transform the children’s physical and emotional well-being and education.

Afghan Connection - Afghanistan

80% of Afghanistan’s population lives in rural areas and access to schooling is a real problem. Community Based Education (CBE) gives children in isolated areas access to education. ALMT are supporting Afghan Connection in delivering CBE to children in villages located more than 3km from the nearest Government primary school.

CBE classes are held in houses or mosques and the teacher is a member of the community who is known and trusted by parents. 

Every Child a Swimmer (ECAS) - UK - Co-Funded

This innovative project, co-funded with Speedo, has brought the local community of St Ann's and Sneinton together with the aim of enabling children of primary school age to be safe in and around water. This projet will increase awareness of water safety, swim survival and rescue skills, with the overall aim of reducing drowning incidences amongst children in the local area.

This project also aims to create career paths and livelihood opportunities for children and young people in the swimming and lifeguarding sector. 

St Ann's and Sneinton FC (SAS FC) - UK - Co-Funded

SAS FC believes that poverty should not be a barrier to playing organised football. The ALMT is proud to be supporting the club by working together in implementing a stronger infrastructure and staff base to lift SAS FC's profile and volunteer involvement in the local area. The partnership is following the club's successes and monitors the achievements and advancements in volunteer led coaching sessions.

AfriKids Opening Doors to School (ODTS) - Ghana

Although education is free in Ghana, 75.7% of the population in the Upper East Region (UER) aged three and over has no schooling. Education is not prioritised due to compulsory school cost such as uniform and text books. Children are expected to earn an income and help contribute to the family’s income. 

With support from the ALMT, AfriKids are targeting children from vulnerable groups and communities to remove physical, financial and psychological barriers that stop children fulfilling their education.

Starfish Greathearts Foundation - South Africa

Starfish Greathearts Foundation exists to change the lives of children who have been made vulnerable or orphaned by HIV and poverty in South Africa. The charity invests in the future of over 12,000 children a year so that they can grow into happy and independent young adults. 

The ALMT is partnering with Starfish to help the charity roll out their Wellness Programme. The support is making it possible for the charity to implement their newest healthcare initiative the "Wellness Wagon", a mobile health clinic offering its services to the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.  

Ben McNicol Trust - UK

Ben's House provides short term accomodation close to the Children's Cancer Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, for children undergoing cancer treatment and their families. Treatment cycles are gruelling and are often more than a week long. Ben's House eliminates the need to travel daily and also ensures that the whole family can remain together during this extremely difficult time.

The ALMT has provided the funds to fully furnish and equip Ben's House making it a real home from home. At the end of each difficult day, families can recharge and most importantly spend time together.

Children on the Edge (COTE) - India

The ALMT is supporting COTE to work in partnership with a passionate Indian NGO to provide education centres for 280 marginalised Dalit children living in rural communities in Bihar State. Bihar is the poorest state in India and has one of the highest concentrations of Dalit people. 81% of its population are suffering from poor health and nutrition, lack of access to education and substandard living conditions. In order to organise and motivate positive change, COTE and its local partner have developed an approach to engage with both children and the broader community.

Downside Fisher Youth Centre - UK

Downside Fisher Youth Club supports socially excluded young people from Bermondsey and its neighbouring areas, helping to fulfil their potential through a structured programme of sport, education, artisic and recreational acitivies.

ALMT is supporting two areas of Downside Fishers outward bound programme. This initiative was developed to give the young people of Southwark the opportunity to get out of London and learn about team work, leadership and develop life skills.

Southwark Community Education Council (SCEC) - UK

SCEC collaborates with three independant schools who are providing their facilities on Saturday mornings for three curiculum enrichment schemes. 160 primary school children are receiving around 36 hours of free, additional tuition, in small classes led by qualified teachers and are helped by 80 school student mentors. Classes focus on literacy, maths and science.

ALMT are working with SCEC to fund the teachers delivering this valuable addition to main stream education in the borough.

Siblings Together need you!

ALMT long term partner Siblings Together are on the look out for new Board Members. Being a trustee is not only a valuable way of contributing to the charity sector, it can also be a fascinating and rewarding experience especially alongisde a charity with such passion and life changing projects as Siblings Together. If you have skills and experience in HR, Finance, Fundraising or PR, they would love to hear from you!

Contact SIblings Together to find out more

The last amazing few months would not have been possible without the support of some very special individuals, corporate support and charity partners.
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