Tessell8 Limited

There’s not a lot of point in having stuff if it can’t be shared around

What is the use of having something if you can’t share it with others? Tessell8 give 10% of our profit away to 3 nominated charities every year. Clients decide how the money is split by voting for their favorite charities every time they place an order.

Here are the details of this years 3 specially chosen charities.

It seems amazing to us that we are beginning our fifth year supporting some amazing organisations changing people’s lives. Over the year’s you have helped change circumstances for people around the world. This year is no different. Our charities this year are, as always, a little unique and reflect the growing international flavour of Tessell8. In all of the cases a little bit of money can really go a long way and we are proud to present the charities for this year below:

“In September 2007, my life changed after a consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital discovered I had a split in my aorta. His swift action saved my life. There is a 1-2% chance of anyone surviving this problem, I count myself a very lucky man.”

In 2007 John Ashton was driving to work when he felt a sudden pain in the back of his neck so intense he felt like he was going to pass out. After visiting his GP John was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he spent seven hours in an operating theatre while surgeons fought to keep him alive. John had suffered an aortic dissection – a tearing of the heart’s main artery – which is often fatal. Thanks to the skill and abilities of the clinicians, John survived.

Unable to continue with his sporting passion, running competitively with a local running club, John has continued to keep up his active life. To mark ten years since the Oxford Heart Centre saved his life, he joined forces with Better Leisure to organise the Carterton 5K and 10K to raise essential funds for this incredible place.

Dream Bikes is more than just a first job for many youth. It is a learning experience, an opportunity to earn income, a way to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Dream Bikes - Rochester is the newest of the non-profit organization’s six locations, but their positive impact has already been felt throughout the city. With a goal of providing paid work experience to inner-city youth while keeping bicycles and cycling equipment out of landfills; Dream Bikes is providing an often overlooked service to those that need it most.

While the Rochester location has only been open for less than a year, five youth employees along with three youth volunteers have already been trained by certified technicians on the process of repairing, sizing, and selling bicycles. All of Dream Bikes’ inventory is taken on a donation basis, cleaned and repaired by the youth employees, and then sold back to the public at very reasonable prices. Not only do the youth employees benefit from learning a trade skill, the community benefits with access to affordable, reliable transportation.

Dream Bikes employee Justin Mcgill is just one instance of how Dream Bikes positively affects the lives of these youth. “I am learning a skill that can be used for more than just fixing bikes. When I first came in here I didn’t know the difference between a crescent wrench and a hex wrench, now if something breaks around my mom’s house, I can most likely fix it.” Growing up in a single mother household, he also helps provide financial support to ease the burden on his mother. “I don’t want to end up like so many others in this city with no education and doing nothing in life.”

Dream Bikes is about helping motivated youth find their way on a path toward success. With dozens of applications and resumes on file, Dream Bikes hopes to continue growing to be able to bring more youth employees into the program, and start them on the path toward a bright future.

Usher Syndrome is the most common cause of congenital deafblindness, second only to old age. Those born with Usher are born with varying levels of deafness and around adolescence retinitis pigmentosa (RP) a progressive blindness becomes evident. To date there is no cure for Usher Syndrome however the use of digital and assistive technologies can be both enhancing and enabling hence our aims and focus on awareness and funding life changing technology.

The Molly Watt Trust was set up in 2011, initially as a charitable trust establishing charity status just a year later. At “MWT” we raise awareness of deafblindness / Usher Syndrome, identify need of life enhancing and enabling technology that can make a difference to everyday life. We also acknowledge one of the biggest challenges of all to those living with Usher Syndrome, isolation which in itself is an additional add on of the condition by arranging get together events. MWT collaborates with other charities that work with those with deafblindness.

Assistive technology is the enabler and helps break down barriers and the reason we passionately raise funds to change lives. There remains no cure for Usher Syndrome.

Please look at our website to see details of our projects and see the many blogs feeding back how much assistive tech enables. Molly herself has Usher Syndrome and is passionate about making technology make a difference as can been seen in her work at www.molly-watt-trust.org and www.mollywatt.com