Charity of the Year: 2020



Kidney Research

Kidney disease can be a family affair.

In 2020 we supported Kidney Research UK after an ex employee Dean Wicks put forward this fabulous Charity.

Dean Wicks and his five brothers had lived with some knowledge of kidney disease all their lives as their father Leslie lived with the condition. Fortunately, he had a kidney transplant which had lasted an incredible 30 years, enabling him to lead a relatively active ‘normal’ life. After he passed away due to cancer around 10 years ago, the brothers thought no more about kidney disease. This all changed when Dean’s younger brother Kyle became ill. “He was very run down, very tired and generally feeling unwell,” says Dean. “He went to the doctors and had a blood test because they couldn’t really work out what it was. He then got a phone call within the hour telling him he needed to get down to the hospital right away. They were flabbergasted that he was still walking around when his blood work was showing he was really very poorly.”

Due to Dean’s experience with Kidney Research he spent 2020 focused on raising as much money as possible but due to Covid things did retrict the amount of fundraising we could do.

Dean still managed to raise a huge amount and still is raising money for this charity.

Charity of the Year: 2019



Phoenix Ward – Broomfield Hospital

Every year at AJW Distribution, we choose a main charity on which to focus our fundraising efforts. This year, we have chosen to support Phoenix Ward, located at E122 in the east wing of Broomfield Hospital; a charity very close to our hearts thanks to their amazing care for our young friend, Harrison, who is a regular visitor there.

Harrison is a happy 8 year old little boy who is on the Autism spectrum, has a diagnoses of ADHD and lives with a life threatening condition, of a rare form of Epilepsy.

Over the past 6 years, Harrison has fell unwell on a number of occasions due to his Epilepsy, and has been admitted to Broomfield Hospital Phoenix ward for children. Harrison’s care on Phoenix ward is outstanding and all the staff do their absolute best in looking after Harrison each and every time. When Harrison visits Phoenix ward for check ups or has to be admitted, all the Doctors, nurses and staff uphold a brilliant relationship with him and make him feel as comfortable as possible. When Harrison visits the hospital, it is an extremely tough experience, Harrison will be often wired to machines and will have to visit other faculties to help his health such as the EEG department. All these visits can be traumatic for both Harrison and the family, but all departments do their very best in making the journey easier.

It is very important to us to expand people’s knowledge of how challenging it can be for families and children to be admitted to hospital and with your donations this could truly help the department and all families and children involved.