Some of our current supporters:
Rapha Racing Ltd, creator of the world finest cycle clothing, have been working closely with Ambitious about Autism over a number of year developing bespoke cycling challenges. In its first year Rapha, their close friends and customers cycled from Bordeaux to Paris in 24 hours. This challenge has now developed in to what we hope will become a cycling classic, the Rapha Manchester to London, with cyclists, including many of Rapha’s own staff, riding down the back bone of England. Riders set off from the Manchester Velodrome at 6am to finish 220 miles later at the Olympic Velodrome in London and all in a day!
Rapha Racing also kindly support us via donations from all items they sell on Ebay and through a staff donation scheme.
“My son attended TreeHouse School so I have a personal connection to Ambitious about Autism and could see the amazing work they do. I really wanted to help give something back and creating a challenge based on cycling seemed the perfect answer.
Bordeaux to Paris was a one off but with Manchester to London we’ve created a ride that people can be a part of every year. Riding 220 miles in one day is tough, and at points you need all your strength to pull yourself through. This is what life can be like for a family with a child with autism. Sometimes life can be tough but it is all worth the perseverance.”
Charlotte Grobien and Give it Away Limited have generously supported Ambitious about Autism since 2007.
Give it Away undertakes projects whose total profits are given to children and young people in need. These profits are generated through the development and building of property. Charlotte founded the company in 2005 and since then has raised over £1 million for charity.
Charlotte has supported various projects at TreeHouse School and currently funds the activities of our Youth Patrons, who ensure that all the work we do at Ambitious about Autism reflects the views and needs of children and young people with autism.
We are so grateful for Charlotte’s support and look forward to working with her for many years to come.
We have benefited from the generous support of DLA Piper over many years. Ambitious about Autism was chosen as the Charity of the Year for DLA Piper in 2007. This included DLA Piper sponsoring our News Quiz hosted by Jon Snow.
Employees from DLA Piper have taken part in our challenge events, including a team of 16 runners who ran the British 10K in 2008.
Pro bono legal support has been provided since April 2012 for our Ambitious College.
Lord Tim Clement-Jones, a a Managing partner at DLA Piper is our President having previously been Chair of Trustees for six years. Michael Fiddy, also a partner, has been a Trustee since 2013.
DLA Piper also provides meeting rooms on a regular basis for our board and management meetings.
Our longstanding partnership with Macfarlanes goes back to 2002/3 when we were chosen as their Charity of the Year partner. Employee fundraising and engagement activities enabled a really successful fundraising year.
MacFarlanes have kindly continued to support us since this time through invaluable pro bono legal advice. In addition, they have allowed us to use offices rooms for meetings.
Global Radio have been a long term supporter of Ambitious about Autism. In 2011, they gave us their largest ever grant to date to fund the Capital Sixth Form Learning Stations including our Capital Shop,Digital Arts and animation suite, the art studio and Ambition radio. These form the centre of our vocational pathways for our students.
They have also supported Ambitious College through Global's Make Some Noise programme and our horticulture pathway.
DJ’s have run radio sessions with TreeHouse School students which they really enjoyed. Board members and staff have visited the School to see first hand the impact of their donations.
The current chair of the RDAS, Simon Hodson, first came across us whilst taking on the Rapha Bordeaux – Paris challenge held in aid of Ambitious about Autism. Simon was so interested and impressed with our work he put us forward to be the charity of the year for the RDAS, and the committee all agreed.
The partnership got off to an amazing start in January with the annual RDAS dinner, supported by Ambitious about Autism. The dinner was attended by over 200 very generous members and guests of the RDAS and raised over £25,000 which was staggering and the most ever raised.
Particular thanks goes to Berkeley Capital PLC , Berkley St Edwards, Fairview Homes, St James, JLL and London Square for taking premier tables on the night.
The RDAS is a forum for agents involved in residential development land and property to connect and exchange information and ideas. Established in 1995, RDAS now has approximately 210 members and is run by a nominated committee of those members, who meet six times a year.
“The RDAS traditionally support housing charities but after finding out more about the work of Ambitious about Autism whilst taking part in one of their events I felt this was a charity that we could aligned with the ambitions of our members. Many of our members also have a personal connection with autism so can understand why the work of Ambitious about Autism is so important to support. ” Simon Hodson, Chair of The Residential Development Agents Society."
The Gate vegetarian restaurants are based in Islington and Hammersmith. This year sees The Gate celebrating their 25th anniversary. As part of their celebrations they have chosen to support Ambitious about Autism.
The partnership kicked off with an evening of support held at the Islington restaurant with a specially created menu designed around the themes of colour, separation and shape. These themes came about after the founder of The Gate , Michael Daniel visited TreeHouse School with his colleagues John and Loni and met with our Allied Health Team, Tom, Nicola and Elizabeth.
Over the next year The Gate will be supporting Ambitious about Autism in a number of ways including adding a discretionary £1 to customers bills during World Autism Awareness Month (April) and staff taking on personal challenges.
“We launched our partnership with Ambitious about Autism with a dinner and auction, held at our Islington restaurant. It was such a fantastic night. The guests all had a great time and everyone at Ambitious about Autism were brilliant in helping us make the night a reality. I can’t wait to work with the team at Ambitious about Autism on our next project.” Michael Daniel – Owner and founder The Gate Restaurants."