Supporting Our Communities

We are proud to be associated with these charities and organisations and we actively support them to promote their causes.

To this end we like to support with donations children's health charities that play a vital role in helping the youngest and most critically ill children.

We have also supported schools in our community by assisting them with funding for after-school clubs and more.

We appreciate that a mix of financial support, as well as actual involvement with time and skills are all beneficial when investing in charities and communities.

We do this by demonstrating to our employees that we are responsive to the charities and organisations they most care about and we support them as much as we can.

We do this by enabling payroll giving schemes. We allow staff time off to volunteer both in the UK and abroad. We support staff efforts to fundraise by providing both time and donations. In this way we have supported the RNLI, childrens orphanages in Poland and UK Hospices.

Our Charities

CLIC Sargent

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK will hear the shocking news that they have cancer.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

They offer accommodation close to treatment centres for parents and they also provide holidays and short breaks. They play a campaigning role for childrens cancer services and are a vital source of information for families and individuals affected by cancer.


Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) is provided only in a limited number of specialist hospitals in the UK. When children become very ill, they are usually taken by ambulance to the nearest district general hospital, which may not have a PICU.

CATS is a specialised NHS service designed to make intensive care rapidly available to critically ill children. The CATS service provides immediate telephone advice to hospitals in the region, and deploys an expert team to stabilise and safely transfer children to PICUs.

The CATS team will consist of a team of specialist and highly skilled doctors and nurses, and an ambulance technician, with specialist experience in the transport of critically ill children. In this way, CATS acts as a mobile PICU team, and ensures high quality intensive care throughout the child's journey. CATS saves the lives of the most critically ill children in the country.

The Winnicott Foundation

The Winnicott Foundation is an outstanding Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. (PICU) at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The Winnicott baby unit is a leader in specialist care for premature babies, it treats over 300 sick and premature new born babies, most of whom would not survive without its highly expert care. They specialise in early intervention techniques, aiming to give each fragile baby the best chance of survival without long term complications. A ground-breaking and highly specialised unit, Winicott is at the forefront of Neonatal Intensive Care and regularly shares its skills with other hospitals both in the UK and developing nations.

Oxford Children's Hospital – Craniofacial Unit

Craniofacial conditions and its treatment invariably result in real trauma for both the affected patient and their family. The Oxford Craniofacial unit is one of just 4 supra-national centres of excellence helping children living with Craniofacial conditions. They are world leaders in Paediatric Craniofacial treatment and care.

As well as providing general paediatric care for its local community, the Oxford Children’s hospital provides services for those from further afield such as Plastics, Neonatal and Craniofacial surgery. The hospital is devoted to the care of sick children, but has the resources of a large teaching hospital on site. Facilities from the atrium to the clinics and the wards have been designed specifically for the welfare of children and teenagers.

Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance is an all Wales charity providing emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illness or injuries.

With a widely scattered population and diverse landscape of, over 8,000 sq miles of remote countryside, vast mountain ranges, and 800 miles of coastline, many in Wales live in isolated locations, far from a major or specialist hospital. For these reasons, there is a real need for three helicopters on active duty 365 days a year.

A patient’s chances of survival and early recovery are increased if they receive the right care within the first hour, otherwise known as the Golden Hour. The fast response times and the expert medical care provided by the Wales Air Ambulance crews gets patients to the care they need in the quickest possible time.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity.

Combat Stress was founded in 1919, just after the First World War, and even now, as then, mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages.

Unfortunately, a charity is still needed to support these brave people and they support almost 6,000 Veterans aged from 18 to 97.

Combat Stress is a vital lifeline for those men, women and their families.

Their treatment and support services are always free of charge, and they are proven to work.

Combat Stress currently spends nearly £15 million per annum delivering its unique range of specialist treatment and welfare support.

Everything they do is free to the Veteran and we are very proud to support them.

At Athena we believe in the importance of playing a positive role in society by contributing where we can.