Dmitry Leus: We owe it to children, especially those with special needs

Dmitry Leus: We owe it to children, especially those with special needs

We know that young people with special needs and their families have felt the lockdown restrictions even more than most.

Whether through having periods of no in-person school, reduced or even no activities and the general feeling of isolation brought about by the pandemic, this experience has been more acute for those children and young adults with special needs and also for their families.

Our foundation’s focus this year is very much on helping children and families bounce back from what we know has been a tough and isolating year for many. It is a priority for us to bring fun, learning, connection and community support to those children and families that need it most.

We have recently had a great opportunity to provide such support in a very direct way. The excellent programme run by Runnymede Special Needs Youth Club, also known as Brightlights, has recently received a grant from the Leus Family Foundation to support their work with young people with special needs in the Runnymede area.

The club is for children aged 5–13 years with special needs in Runnymede and surrounding areas. The children have disabilities ranging from autism, Asperger’s, Downs and moderate to severe learning difficulties, with some of them requiring one-to-one care.

Established in 1996, children with varying learning and physical disabilities can come to the club every Thursday evening for two hours during term time.

The youth club is known for providing a vibrant programme that includes the use of the soft play area, crafts and external outings, trips to places like the Isle of Wight, Disneyland Paris, Spain, Lapland UK, Paultons Park, Beale Park, and Legoland.

The club also holds a Christmas party every year where the children receive a visit and presents from Father Christmas. Easter eggs are also received.

Some of these activities have not been possible during the pandemic, but Brightlights has strived to support families during this time.

The charity arranged two trips to Heron Lake which allowed the children to take part in water sports and activities which they greatly enjoyed. These trips also gave the members and families the opportunity to meet up and see each other, which was most needed during this difficult time.

Lucy O’Neill, the chair of Brightlights, welcomed the contribution from the Leus Family Foundation, saying: “We are here to provide fun and recreation for young people with special needs, which can also play a helpful respite role for their parents and carers.

We are a safe environment for children who might have difficulty accessing other facilities within the local borough.

Our base at Egham Orbit Leisure Centre enables the use of the soft play area, arts and crafts activities, books and toys from our toy library. We occasionally hold family and friends evenings when parents and carers can meet and discuss family matters.

The contribution from the Leus Family Foundation will help us to keep bringing this fun and support to children and their families and we’re very grateful.”

Identifying and supporting those in our community who perhaps have suffered the most during the pandemic and therefore need our support will continue to be a major focus for the Leus Family Foundation.

It will take years, if not decades, for the world to fully understand the impact of the pandemic on our young people. In many cases they have made sacrifices in terms of education and social development in order to keep the most vulnerable safe.

Our Foundation is strongly motivated to counteract any damage to them by supporting initiatives that enrich their lives and support their families.

Leus Family Foundation supports Runnymede special needs youth club

Leus Family Foundation supports Runnymede special needs youth club

Brightlights has been on the receiving end of a considerable grant from the foundation to help further its work for local youngsters.

Runnymede Special Needs Youth Club, also known as Brightlights, has recently received a grant from the Leus Family Foundation to support their work with young people with special needs in the Runnymede area.

The club is for children aged 5-13 years with special needs in Runnymede and surrounding areas. The children have disabilities ranging from autism, Asperger’s, Downs and moderate to severe learning difficulties, with some of them requiring one-to-one care. 

Established in 1996, children with varying learning and physical disabilities can come to the club every Thursday evening for two hours during term time. 

The youth club is known for providing a vibrant programme that includes the use of the soft play area, crafts and external outings, trips to places like the Isle of Wight, Disneyland Paris, Spain, Lapland UK, Paultons Park, Beale Park, and Legoland. 

The club also holds a Christmas party every year where the children receive a visit and presents from Father Christmas. Easter eggs are also received. 

Some of these activities have not been possible during the pandemic, but Brightlights has strived to support families during this time.

The charity arranged two trips to Heron Lake which allowed the children to take part in water sports and activities which they greatly enjoyed. These trips also gave the members and families the opportunity to meet up and see each other, which was most needed during this difficult time.

Lucy O’Neill, the chair of Brightlights, welcomed the contribution from the Leus Family Foundation, saying: “We are here to provide fun and recreation for young people with special needs, which can also play a helpful respite role for their parents and carers. 

We are a safe environment for children who might have difficulty accessing other facilities within the local borough.

Our base at Egham Orbit Leisure Centre enables the use of the soft play area, arts and crafts activities, books and toys from our toy library. We occasionally hold family and friends evenings when parents and carers can meet and discuss family matters. 

The contribution from the Leus Family Foundation will help us to keep bringing this fun and support to children and their families and we’re very grateful.”

Dmitry Leus, the founder of the Leus Family Foundation, adds: “We are delighted to support Brightlights. Our foundation’s focus this year is very much on helping children and families bounce back from what we know has been a tough and isolating year for many.

Young people with special needs and their families have felt the lockdown restrictions even more than most, so it is a priority for us to bring fun, learning, connection and community support to them via Brightlights’ excellent programme.”

To find out more about Leus Family Foundation and the other projects and initiatives it has supported, visit the website.

Source: GetSurrey.co.uk

Kind-hearted CEO donates to Runnymede Foodbank during pandemic

Kind-hearted CEO donates to Runnymede Foodbank during pandemic

Dimitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments, has donated to the foodbank (Image: Imperium Investments)


By Charlotte Gosling


  • UPDATED09:08, 26 MAY 2020

Runnymede Civic Centre in Surrey has received donations from the British company Imperium Investments and its CEO Dmitry Leus

A kind-hearted CEO has donated to a local foodbank to help the most vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dimitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments, as well as a philanthropist and patron of Saint George’s Hospital Charity and HealthProm charity, was invited to visit the Runnymede Foodbank by councillor Nigel King (Conservative) of the Runnymede Joint Committee.

Mr Leus made donations to the Mayor’s Charitable Fund and his donation will be used to support the crucial work of the Foodbank.

Imperium Investments has helped support those in need (Image: Imperium Investments)

Runnymede Borough Council has recently secured a central facility that will be used to store large quantities of food including canned food and other non-perishable food.

The deliveries of these items to many vulnerable residents of Runnymede will be coordinated from their website.

Runnymede Civic Centre in Surrey has received donations from the British company Imperium Investments (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Councillor Parshotam Sohi, Mayor of Runnymede, in his appeal during the coronavirus crisis, said: “There are now thousands of residents in Runnymede who have been forced to self-isolate due to their vulnerability as well as increasing numbers suffering from economic hardship.

“These people will be in great need of our help over the coming weeks for some of the most basic needs including access to food.

“We are working closely with local voluntary groups and charities, like the Runnymede food bank, and it is likely that the relief effort from this site will be ramped up further if Surry County Council uses some of the space to coordinate the vulnerable the support to vulnerable residents across Surrey. All this effort will cost money.”

Dimitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments (Image: Imperium Investments)

The Mayor added: “If the national lockdown continues for many weeks or maybe longer, the Runnymede Civic Centre is going to need to purchase foodstuffs and other essentials in large quantity- and quickly – and on an ongoing basis.

“We are living in very challenging times and so I am making a direct appeal to those residents in our borough who are most financially able and whose income has not been affected by the virus to make a donation if they can to the Mayor of Runnymede Charitable Fund.

“In addition to money already made available to Runnymede FoodBank by the Council, this will help us to purchase the foodstuffs that we need to get our vulnerable residents – and quickly.”

CEO Dmitry Leus and the team are helping the community during the pandemic (Image: North Wales Daily Post)

He went on to thank Dmitry Leus for his contribution: “My grateful thanks for your donation to the Runnymede food bank which provided 40,000 meals in 2019 and supported count thousands of vulnerable residents in the borough. The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the most difficult challenges to test us in peacetime but the community spirit being shown is shining through.”

Councillor Nigel Kind added: “On behalf of the Runnymede Foodbank, I wanted to offer our gratitude to Dmitry Leus for his generous donation. The money donated by Imperium Investments has proven critical in our ability to provide food for the most vulnerable people within our community during the COVID crisis.

“Working with Dmitry has allowed the Foodbank to purchase food from the wholesale market ensuring a consistent supply of the products we need. His support has been invaluable in our efforts to help those most in need of assistance.”

To donate to the Mayor’s Charitable Fund to help during the COVID-19 situation and support relief efforts, please contact Councillor Nigel King on 07875020258 or cllr.nigel.king@runnymede.gov.uk

Source getsurrey.co.uk

Covid 19 Support

Covid 19 Support

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Dmitry Leus of the Leus Family Foundation, made supporting his local community, NHS and the vulnerable- young and old, a priority. 

Dmitry couldn’t bear the thought that on his own doorstep families were going hungry due to the effect COVID and lockdown was having. His funding allowed Runnymede food bank to purchase over 20,000 items of food and essential items that were then distributed to over 1,200 residents throughout the borough.

The Mayor and Councillors came together to express their gratitude having found they had not received any comparable support.

“On behalf of the Runnymede Foodbank, I wanted to offer our gratitude to Dmitry Leus for his generous donation. The money donated has proven critical in our ability to provide food for the most vulnerable people within our community during the COVID crisis. Working with Dmitry has allowed the Foodbank to purchase food from the wholesale market ensuring a consistent supply of the products we need. His support has been invaluable in our efforts to help those most in need of assistance.”

Runnymede Councillor, Nigel King

It was evident that sourcing PPE was something that a lot of charities were finding hard to fund and source, especially with the demand effecting the governments supply chain. Charities were having to rely on donations but continued to need many hundreds of thousands more items such as masks, coveralls, anti-bacterial wipes, safety goggles, over-boots, gowns, aprons and thermometers.

Working closely with Runnymede Council Dmitry helped to source and donate essential PPE equipment for the NHS and he also assisted local residents in their bid to supply doctors and nurses working for our NHS with scrubs through the purchase of essential materials, again when supplies nationally were running low.  He was delighted to help a group of local volunteers who were making pyjama style scrubs for under the NHS staff’s PPE equipment.

In addition to the above Dmitry also responded to emergency PPE appeals such as Jewish Care’s and having supported JFS (Jewish Family Services) for a number of years, Dmitry offered to donate towards funding for PPE which was and still is a vital form of protection against the spread of COVID-19.

“Jewish Care faces unprecedented challenges at this time, and we will need the generous support of all those who can help us tackle them head on – so thank you again, it is greatly appreciated and will make a real difference.”

Adam Overlander- Kaye, Director, Fundraising & Community Engagement

“Old and young people are losing, risking and having their lives put in jeopardy because of this awful pandemic. I feel that now more than ever, it is my moral duty to help where I can.”

Mr Leus added: “While I have no experience or knowledge in medicine, I am able to donate so that doctors can continue to fight for me, for my family, and for all of us. I sincerely hope those who see this and are in the fortunate position to be able to support and protect our frontline heroes fight Covid-19 do so in any way they can”.

Dmitry Leus, Founder of LEUS FAMILY FOUNDATION

At the peak of COVID- 19, Dmitry was one of the first donors to respond to St Georges, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and the Western Eye) and London’s The Royal Free Charity COVID relief appeals.

The appeals were set up to provide emergency support within the hospitals for those at the forefront, who had no other option but to put their life in jeopardy daily for the sake of their country.

The main focuses of the appeals were towards supporting and to providing critical assistance to staff and their wellbeing, and additionally, towards easing vulnerable patients and their family’s hardships imposed because of COVID.

Dmitry wholeheartedly supported the focus’s and felt such an overwhelming moral obligation to support those effected in the country.

Thanks to the donation’s that Dmitry provided, all hospitals were able to fund rest spaces throughout for weary staff were here they could come by crisis care, free food, well needed accommodation, psychological support and patients, particularly the young, were given technology devices and equipment to ensure they were entertained and in contact with loved ones when they weren’t able to visit due to them being high risk.

 “We are extremely grateful for the incredibly generous donation in support of our Covid-19 Emergency Fund. The Leus Family Foundation have responded resoundingly to our public appeal and their gift will make a tangle difference to our critical work at this time. From the provision of care packages at the end of a very long shift, to psychological support and the creation of physical respite spaces for our staff, Imperium’s donation is directly helping to meet the needs of our local NHS heroes”.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 

We are particularly grateful to long-term supporters who are able to support our NHS staff and our most vulnerable patients during this time of need. Their donation, and overall commitment to the charity will help us make a difference in the coming weeks and months”. 

Amerjit Chohan, CEO, St George’s Hospital Charity

“We’re extremely grateful to Dmitry Leus for the incredibly generous donation in support of our appeal. We know the scale of the challenge is enormous and this significant contribution will make a huge difference in enabling us to get urgent support to staff on the front line.”

Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity