Leus Family Foundation: helping vulnerable children in Scotland and beyond

Leus Family Foundation: helping vulnerable children in Scotland and beyond

The Leus Family Foundation was established by the businessman and philanthropist Dmitry Leus. Born in Turkmenistan and now living with his family in the UK, Leus founded the charity to support children who are challenged by illness, poverty or special needs, in the UK and beyond.

“The guiding principle of the Leus Family Foundation is that as a society we should be investing in every child. Every child deserves opportunity and to feel valued. If we invest in children, we are investing in our future. We know that some children – whether they are born into poverty, have special needs or suffer an illness – need an extra boost in order to fulfil their potential. That is our mission at the Foundation – to make a positive impact on their lives and to give them a sense of possibility,” explains Leus.

The Leus Foundation supports multiple organisations, ranging from The Youth Agency in Edinburgh, to hospital charities such as St George’s and the Royal Free, as well as Runnymede Foodbank.

Children at risk through economic disadvantage

Investing in children is investing in our future: Dmitry Leus with youngsters at The Harrow Club
Investing in children is investing in our future: Dmitry Leus with youngsters at The Harrow Club

An area of focus for the foundation has been supporting children who are economically disadvantaged, such as those living in poverty.

Leus explains that his Foundation supports organisations that offer vulnerable children an alternative path. “That is why we have been so pleased to support youth organisations across the country”, he explains. Recent donations have included supporting The Youth Agency in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh, as well as The Harrow Club in West London and a fencing programme for school-aged children in Brixton.

Leus comments: “Our support of those working with young people living in the poorest areas, who have perhaps been excluded from school or are vulnerable to becoming involved with gangs or drugs is a major priority for us. We really value working with organisations that make a direct impact, helping the most marginalised young people to maximise their life chances. If we work together, we can enhance their chances of getting onto the road to employment, with greater resilience and well-being.”

He added: “We have also seen that in recent times, it is the most vulnerable who are the most severely impacted by the pandemic. Whether through increased isolation, worsening poverty or decreased services, there is an even greater danger at present of young people falling through the net. For this reason, in 2022 supporting the organisations that directly help this group will be a continued focus for us.”

Chris Tidmarsh and Dmitry Leus with young fencers at Brixton Fencing Club

Helping those with additional needs

Children and young people with learning difficulties and special needs are also central to the work of the Leus Family Foundation. The Foundation supports Bright Lights, a Runnymede youth club for children with disabilities ranging from autism, Asperger’s, Downs, and moderate-to-severe learning difficulties, with some of them requiring one-to-one care.

Children with varying learning and physical disabilities attend the Bright Lights club every Thursday evening for two hours during term time.

Dmitry explains: “We are so pleased to boost the club’s range of toys and equipment so that children attending get the maximum enjoyment out of their time at the club. It is especially meaningful for us to be able to provide two future outings for the children, knowing how much pleasure the children will get from these fun experiences at a privatised trampoline park and Drayton Manor theme park.”

Dmitry added: “Bright Lights is exactly the kind of organisation we like to work with. They are a small team and they have the energy and commitment needed to make a significant impact to young people who really need this service.”

Support for poorly children

Children suffering serious or long-term illness are also a priority for the Leus Family Foundation. The Foundation has been a long-term supporter of St George’s Hospital Charity, with donations targeted at aiding children and their families through the difficulties of illness. The Foundation supported the renovation of a children’s garden at the hospital. Updates to the site include the extension and improvement of the play areas, including a new slide and better wheelchair access.

“My long relationship with St George’s has given me a great admiration for the children who are patients here, their families and the amazing staff,” says Leus. “This garden will lift spirits and hopefully provide moments of joy and relaxation between treatments. We were also pleased to supply ‘Buzzy’ pain relief devices to distract children and reduce any pain when they are having blood tests or injections, which can happen very often during long term illness.”

Leus added: “For our Foundation, the common theme throughout all of our work is that each child deserves the best start we can give them. A child does not get to choose their circumstances and when they suffer illness or poverty or are born with a disability, we all have a responsibility to improve their situation, to boost their opportunities.

To find out more about the foundation, click here.

To support the Edinburgh-based Youth Agency, please visit their donations page: Donate Now – The Youth Agency.

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Leus Family Foundation: helping vulnerable children in the UK

Leus Family Foundation: helping vulnerable children in the UK

“The guiding principle of the Leus Family Foundation is that as a society we should be investing in every child. Every child deserves opportunity and to feel valued. If we invest in children, we are investing in our future. We know that some children – whether they are born into poverty, have special needs or suffer an illness – need an extra boost in order to fulfil their potential. That is our mission at the Foundation – to make a positive impact on their lives and to give them a sense of possibility,” explains Leus.

The Leus Foundation supports multiple organisations, ranging from hospital charities such as St George’s and the Royal Free, as well as Runnymede Foodbank, plus youth clubs such as Bright Lights and Harrow.

Children at risk through economic disadvantage

Supporting children from the UK and beyond: Dmitry Leus at Bright Lights youth club

An area of focus for the foundation has been connecting with children who are economically disadvantaged and at risk of being drawn into gang-related violent crime.

Leus explains that his Foundation supports organisations that offer vulnerable children an alternative path. “That is why we have been so pleased to support the Harrow Club”, he explains. The local areas The Harrow Club works with have some of the highest rates of school exclusion in the country and many of the young people the club engages with are at risk of being recruited by gangs and drawn into gang-related conflict, making the Club’s work crucial. The Club’s activities range from sports clubs to drama and dance. The Leus Family Foundation recently donated a minibus so that the Club can more easily transport the children and young people it works with.

Leus comments: “I am a huge admirer of the work that the Harrow Club does, both their long-standing programmes and also the way they step up to address the most pressing current needs. They took the initiative to start a weekend programme for assist newly arrived young refugees from Afghanistan who are living in West London hotels.

“Their efforts with young people who are in danger of being recruited by gangs is vital. They have a real impact, helping the most marginalised young people to maximise their life chances and to enhance their personal development, getting them on the road to employment and building their resilience and well-being. It is a great pleasure to provide the bus as a practical support for this great work.”

Chris Tidmarsh and Dmitry Leus with young fencers at Brixton Fencing Club

Leus’s work with economically disadvantaged young people is not limited to the Harrow area. He is also behind an initiative to get children from state schools in the Brixton area engaged with the sport of fencing. Together with Christopher Tidmarsh QC, Leus is determined to make the sport accessible for all and the duo began this mission in South London. They started by giving demonstrations in local state schools so that local children could see fencing for themselves, often for the very first time. Then they invited 7-11 year olds to attend Junior sessions for free with Brixton Fencing Club so that they could learn together with their peers who already fence.

Leus explains: “Once they join us, if they demonstrate the commitment, we will keep supporting them in the secondary school years. We want them to be absorbed organically into the club and know that they will gain access to coaching and equipment without charge. There is another strong motivation for us. We see the power of fencing to divert a child away from getting into trouble on the street. When a child is training with our coaches and feeling good about the skills they are building, then they are not so vulnerable to gang membership or experimenting with drugs. Fencing is an ideal sport to captivate young minds and build their confidence in a positive way. Yes, you need some aggression to win. But you have to be in control when you are fencing and also respect your opponent. We are delighted to draw youngsters into the rigour and training of fencing, especially when we know they are perhaps disadvantaged and need such direction and passion in their lives.”

Helping those with additional needs

Children and young people with learning difficulties and special needs are also central to the work of the Leus Family Foundation. The Foundation supports Bright Lights, a Runnymede youth club for children with disabilities ranging from autism, Asperger’s, Downs, and moderate-to-severe learning difficulties, with some of them requiring one-to-one care. Children with varying learning and physical disabilities attend the Bright Lights club every Thursday evening for two hours during term time. Dmitry explains: “We are so pleased to boost the club’s range of toys and equipment so that children attending get the maximum enjoyment out of their time at the club. It is especially meaningful for us to be able to provide two future outings for the children, knowing how much pleasure the children will get from these fun experiences at a privatised trampoline park and Drayton Manor theme park.”

Dmitry added: “Bright Lights is exactly the kind of organisation we like to work with. They are a small team and they have the energy and commitment needed to make a significant impact to young people who really need this service.”

Support for poorly children

Children suffering serious or long term illness are also a priority for the Leus Family Foundation. The Foundation has a been a long term supporter of St George’s Hospital Charity, with donations targeted at aiding children and their families through the difficulties of illness. The Foundation supported the renovation of a children’s garden at the hospital. Updates to the site include the extension and improvement of the play areas, including a new slide and better wheelchair access. “My long relationship with St George’s has given me a great admiration for the children who are patients here, their families and the amazing staff,” says Leus. “This garden will lift spirits and hopefully provide moments of joy and relaxation between treatments. We were also please to supply ‘Buzzy’ pain relief devices to distract children and reduce any pain when they are having blood tests or injections, which can happen very often during long term illness.”

Leus concludes: “For our Foundation, the common theme throughout all of our work is that each child deserves the best start we can give them. A child does not get to choose their circumstances and when they suffer illness or poverty or are born with a disability, we all have a responsibility to improve their situation, to boost their opportunities.

Find out more about the foundation

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Harrison Nichols: Financial Support Helped Me Achieve the Best Results

Harrison Nichols: Financial Support Helped Me Achieve the Best Results

Harrison Nichols and Dmitry Leus

BY The Good Men Project

Harrison Nichols, one of the most promising fencers of this year, has successfully participated in U23 British Fencing Epee National in London. Being only 21, he gained the Champion title the second year in a row.

Harrison Nichols, one of the most promising fencers of this year, has successfully participated in U23 British Fencing Epee National in London. Being only 21, he gained the Champion title the second year in a row. Harrison also took part in the European Under 23 championship in Armenia in April. Besides, he’s going to Canberra, Australia, 23-28 November 2018, as the chosen one for the Commonwealth Fencing Championships. To complete the list of achievements Harrison has just got a grant for training support from Imperium Investments.

He had been selected to visit the training camp in Tauberbischofsheim driven by the DFB Epee Group. This is actually the place where Olympic athletes are trained. Thus, it is a great chance to practice and compete with skillful fencers and get a top-level coaching. Harrison claimed that support by Imperium Investments gave him an opportunity to develop his skills and participate in further competitions without having stress on financial issues.

CEO of Imperium Investments, Dmitry Leus, who has actually been a fencer since childhood, points that it is extremely meaningful for him to support young talent. He believes that the trip to Tauberbischofsheim is something that could change Harrison’s life because only a few people from abroad are allowed to join, which makes it even more important. Dmitry and his team are sure that young fencer would seize the chances that are coming in 2018 and would put his best foot forward.

Georgina Usher, the chief executive officer of British Fencing commented on the necessity of this kind of financial support due to the fact that fencing is an unfunded performance sport. She affirmed that it may give Harrison and his coach an opportunity to build a continuous training plan without having any doubts on the financial matter.

British Fencing has become an inspiring connection between Imperium Investments and not only Harrison Nichols, but also another participant of Tauberbischofsheim training camp – Paul Sanchez Lethem, the UK’s top-ranked British male fencer.

Source goodmenproject.com

Bob Stewart MP at Houses of Parliament: “Dmitry is doing amazing and important work”

Bob Stewart MP at Houses of Parliament: “Dmitry is doing amazing and important work”

BY PR NEWSWIRE

The evening was hosted by Colonel Bob Stewart MP and supported by Imperium Investments, represented by their director Dmitry Leus.

Imperium Investments, in conjunction with St. George’s Hospital, presented a medical device called the “Buzzy” for children at a charity evening in the Houses of Parliament. It has already helped in 31 million procedures using natural pain relief to reduce the pain of injections or giving blood samples.

The technology applies a cooling pad system which alleviates the pain like cold water cools a burn making the whole treatment process less daunting.

Celebrities who came along to support St George’s and Imperium Investments initiative included Lee Ryan, Stephanie Waring from Hollyoaks, Kurran Pooni and Dan Elahi from The Apprentice and Britain’s Got Talent winner Richard Jones.

Colonel Bob Stewart MP (left) with Dmitry Leus (centre) and guests at the Palace of Westminster.

Colonel Bob Stewart MP welcomed guests, saying: “I am delighted you could all come to this special evening to support the great work done at St George’s Hospital. Thank you also to Dmitry Leus for organising this event and for your amazing efforts supporting St George’s.

When I first heard of Dmitry’s work, I was thoroughly impressed by the new device that helps children with cancer remain pain-free.

I see now how much St George’s Hospital Charity appreciates his generosity. Cancer is a cruel disease. When children suffer, the treatment seems to be even more grueling. I believe children should be given as much support as possible to finally feel ease and comfort.

It’s an honour to host St George’s Hospital Charity at the Houses Of Parliament and it’s an incredible cause that had brought all of us here together tonight.”

Amerjit Chohan, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital Charity, expressed appreciation that so many guests had come out to support the charity and thanked Dmitry Leus and Imperium Investments for their continued support of the charity and in making the event happen.

In future, Imperium Investments plan to support holidays for children and their families, with special arrangements made for them to be supported by local hospitals in the countries they visit to ensure they can access emergency medical care if needed.

Dmitry Leus, director of Imperium Investments, spoke about his admiration for the work of the hospital and his pride in supporting the charity: “We are pleased to offer our support, in partnership with St George’s, to make childhood illnesses such as cancer more manageable and less harrowing.

We are especially proud we could help make a medical device, the Buzzy, available to young patients to provide natural pain relief to ease injections and giving blood samples.

We are also working with St George’s Hospital Charity to redevelop the Children’s Garden, creating a safe, fun and peaceful space for children and their loved ones. The garden will aid with healing emotionally and physically, provide a space for education and learning, and also offer distraction outside of the hospital environment.”

Donations can be made to St George’s Hospital Charity Children’s Appeal online.

Source PR NEWSWIRE