Cowan Architects sponsor a number of charitable organisations with an ethos that is similar to our own.
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability (RHN)
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a national medical charity which was founded nearly 160 years ago. It is dedicated to rehabilitation and long term care of people with complex disabilities due to acquired brain injury or neuro-degenerative disease. Respected as an authority on neuro-disability care and influencing policy makers, medical professionals and commissioners, its aim is to rebuild the lives of people with severe neurological impairment and to help them to achieve their full potential and enjoy the optimum possible quality of life, whatever their level of ability.
Cowan Architects has supported many of its fundraising activities over the years including entering teams for the City-run Row Hard, 10km fun runs, bake offs and sponsoring the summer music festival.
The UK Sepsis Trust
Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised early and treated promptly. It claims 44,000 lives a year in the UK alone and costs the NHS an estimated £2.5 billion. Cowan Architects sponsors The UK Sepsis Trust, which was founded in 2012 by a world leader in Sepsis, NHS consultant Dr Ron Daniels. Since then the charity has expanded rapidly and continues to grow at a remarkable pace. The small executive body of full-time clinicians and nurses that lead the Trust’s operational centre work hand in hand with a network of volunteers. It aims to reach out and bring together those who have survived, been bereaved by or encountered sepsis in every imaginable circumstance.
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation For Disabled People (QEF)
Queen Elizabeth Foundation is a leading disability charity working with young adults with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries to help them gain new skills and increase independence for life. Its unique transitional service enables people to set and achieve their own goals with regard to independent living. It also offers practical advice, assessment and training to those wishing to drive or increase their mobility using assistive technology, personal mobility vehicles and adapted cars. QEF is a leader in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, with particular expertise in supporting younger adults. The QEF Brain Injury Centre specialises in community or residential therapy programmes while QEF’s Vocational Services specialise in developing people’s abilities to achieve sustainable employment.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
For over a decade, Cowan Architects has been the main sponsor of the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region which has proved to be an enduring and successful partnership because of shared synergies and inspirational teams. In the South East, there are 35 RDA groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent with over 2,000 riders of all ages. They come to enjoy the experience of riding, carriage driving, show jumping, dressage endurance and western style, with opportunities to learn a new skill, enter competitions or even take a holiday.
The Cowan team is fully committed to the wonderfully stimulating work of the RDA and can see why so many people benefit both physically and mentally from their developed relationship with riding and the horse.
East Grinstead Rugby Football Club (EGRFC)
Cowan Architects has been a committed supporter of grass roots rugby since it became the new sponsor of East Grinstead Rugby Football Club U12’s team nearly 3 years ago. The Squad now boasts nearly 30 players and is enjoying an enviable reputation always ending the season among the top in its league. Not only does the Practice’s sponsorship get it involved in the local community, but it feels that this dedicated and energetic youth project met the Cowan Architects ideals and values of teamwork as a life skill.
Cowan Architects is a sponsor of The Pilgrim Bandits Charity which was established by a small group of Special Forces veterans in 2007 with the sole aim of using their unique training and experience to help and inspire wounded soldiers to live life to the full.
The mantra ‘Always a Little Further’ is core to the charity’s attitude, whether working with amputee men and women from the services directly or using their experiences to inspire and encourage young people and children. Pilgrim Bandits don’t do sympathy, but offer the rewards of belonging to a team, encouragement, belief and the power of humour over pain.
Pilgrim Bandits’ primary aim is to help those in need directly, with no compromise. Soon, those who needed help become those that give it. By pushing injured men and women into physically and mentally demanding situations that they would not have dreamed possible (kayaking extraordinary distances, climbing mountains, jumping from aircraft, running races, trekking across inhospitable terrain), self-confidence is restored and self-belief instilled.