Local charity awarded grant to purchase new sensory equipment

Ruby’s Fund has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to contribute towards new sensory equipment to stimulate and entertain children and young people with disabilities.

Alison Parr, Director at Ruby’s Fund, received the donation from Kristina Moore, Trustee for MAXIMUS Foundation UK, and Christopher Bobs from MAXIMUS who nominated the charity for the grant. The grant will contribute towards the purchase of new sensory equipment that responds to gesture and movement by creating dynamic images on any surface.

Ruby’s Fund was set up by Alison Parr, whose daughter Ruby was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, IDIC 15, when she was a few years old. The condition causes seizures, motor delays and other cognitive difficulties. Ruby’s Fund now operates an inclusive sensory centre and social café in Congleton for children and young people who have additional needs, giving them the chance to explore and develop in an inclusive setting.

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was established in 2015 with a remit of providing meaningful financial assistance in the form of grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups – particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Rob Winter, Chairman, MAXIMUS Foundation UK said: “We are delighted to be supporting Ruby’s Fund on our first cheque presentation visit this grant-giving cycle. Ruby’s family have shown tremendous courage and strength, in setting up the sensory centre to help other families. This is a truly inspirational story and we are very proud to be able to support Ruby’s Fund sensory centre and social cafe.”

Alison Parr, Director at Ruby’s Fund said: “We are very grateful to MAXIMUS Foundation UK for the grant donation. We plan to use the funds to help us purchase new equipment for the centre. This includes a floor or wall projector which will help motivate and inspire the young people who visit. Being able to purchase this piece of equipment is truly amazing.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK has donated almost £200,000 in grants to charities and community groups over the last three years. They continue to encourage MAXIMUS UK employees to nominate charities and causes close to their hearts for grant donations.

MAXIMUS UK Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People®, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government-sponsored programs.

MAXIMUS operates several business lines in the UK, including the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management, MAXIMUS People Services and Revitalised. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture with Remploy, the UK’s largest provider of disability employment services. MAXIMUS employs 4,000 local staff, including over 1,400 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 270 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country. Learn more at maximusuk.co.uk.

For further information or comment from the board, please contact:

Di Briggs (0113) 2431699 / 07773 032373 / dbriggs@maximusuk.co.uk  or

Martin Forsythe (0207) 8376854 / 07793 221214 mforsythe@maximusuk.co.uk