About Us
About Us

THE DIALAFLIGHT AND LOTUS GROUP CHARITY

About us

Make My Day Better is the charity arm of DialAFlight and the Lotus Group which supports a variety of projects around the world. The guiding principle is that the majority of the funding directly benefits the people, rather than being absorbed in administration costs.

Activities range from providing the children of Southwark with free books as part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library initiative; funding ShelterBox in providing first response aid to victims of disasters worldwide; herbal medicine research as well as a number of projects involving children in Africa.

To date more than £2 million has been raised for these activities.

Registered charity (UK reg: 1139533)
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand

The "Make My Day Better Mumpreneurs of Kenya": Update on project with

Hand in Hand

Our Hand In Hand initiative aims to help mothers in Kenya by giving them the skills to become Mumpreneurs. After 6 months, over 100 mothers have been enrolled and have received business training, savings advice and that all-important confidence to help them build their own futures for their families.

Business trainer Patrick Karani has been working on the project and he gave his thoughts on its impact so far. "It is really fun working with these mothers. Their attitudes have changes and they appreciate the project and coming together to grow and support one another".

The two-year project started in October 2016 and already comprises of 103 mothers, supporting 233 dependents between them. The target is for this number to reach 385 mothers to help form even more strong bands of groups who collect, save and allocate their money together.
Free books
Free books

DialAFlight and Dolly Parton launch reading scheme for 5000 Southwark children

Free books

Dolly Parton and DialAFlight have launched a reading scheme to help 5000 children in Southwark to learn to read. Every child born in the borough during 2016 will be eligible to receive a free book each month until they are five years old. The books are age appropriate and chosen by teaching specialists. Dolly was inspired to set up the 'Imagination Library' scheme in 1996 in her home town of Tennessee as a tribute to her father, a smart and hard-working man who was unable to read and write. She wants to guarantee access to books, inspire a lifelong love of reading and help children to reach their full potential.

Each child will receive a total of up to 60 Penguin books thereby building their very own Imagination Library.

DialAFlight's HQ has been in Southwark for 35 years and the £750,000 scheme is the first borough-wide Imagination Library in London. It is funded entirely by our charity, Make My Day Better.
Sunflower Jam
Sunflower Jam

Sunflower Jam rock concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Sunflower Jam

We were the main sponsors of this year's Sunflower Jam concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Rock fans, and many of our customers, heard former members of Deep Purple and Whitesnake including Ian Paice and Micky Moody together with Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden. Other artists included Alice Cooper, opera singer Alfie Boe singing rock and Nigel Kennedy. Led Zeppelin founder member John Paul Jones, Brian May and Kerry Ellis also appeared.

Proceeds went to a variety of projects including running a complementary health centre for children at Great Ormond Street and education in complementary and integrated care for doctors.
Cambodia
Cambodia

A Cambodia project that has brought Hope to thousands

Cambodia

New Hope is a charity in Siem Reap which makes a significant difference to thousands of very poor Cambodians

It was started just four years ago by a local Cambodian and an Australian woman. They begun by creating a school raising the numbers of village children in education from six to 762. Next they created a medical centre staffed by 17 local Khmers providing health care to 10,000 people in 2011 alone.

They then recognised the need to provide young adults with training so they could get jobs and become self supporting. So they embarked on a restaurant and training facility which DialAFlight has helped to fund. More than 1000 overseas visitors have enjoyed a real dining experience and also been able to see some of the New Hope projects in Siem Reap at first hand.

In this new facility. Please visit if you are passing through Cambodia.
Cricket for change
Cricket for change

Blind youngsters learn how to play cricket

Cricket for change

DialAFlight is proud to support Cricket for Change which runs worldwide cricket programmes for blind youngsters.

January 2013 will see Cricket for Change invited back to Barbados to play in a blind cricket series which will mark the 10th anniversary of when C4C first went to Barbados to help set up The West Indies Blind Cricket Team. The visit will also include a re-staging of a match against a Desmond Haynes Celebrity XI made up of past and present West Indies players.

The C4C squad will be made up of young players from the C4C Visually Impaired programme and will be led by C4C's Director of Operations and former England VI player, Andy Dalby-Welsh. As well as taking part in the matches, the week long programme will involve the C4C squad coordinating a training programme for local coaches and young blind players.
Shelterbox
Shelterbox

Saving lives. How we work with ShelterBox when disaster strikes

Shelterbox

Wherever disaster strikes, DialAFlight's job is to get Shelterbox rescue teams out to remote corners of the globe. And they are usually the first relief organisation on the spot.

Within minutes of a major disaster an advance rescue party leaves the ShelterBox base in Cornwall while DialAFlight springs into action to get them to their destination as quickly as possible.

The famous green box has everything for survival for families who have lost everything. Specially designed tents that are cool in summer and hot in winter, cooking equipment, water purifying kits, cooking utensils, tools and 53 other items. They even include drawing materials for the children.
Rihanna at O2
Rihanna at O2

How O2 Rihanna night raised £6500. And a few other projects...

Rihanna at O2

We donated our O2 suite for a Rihanna concert to Chelsea's Player of the Year awards. It was auctioned off for £6500 for Help a Capital Child.

We are sponsoring 6 talented youngsters in Southwark with three year music scholarships as part of the Mayor's Fund for Young Musicians.

We are sponsoring a series of Autumn lectures for the College of Medicine.

Other major sponsorships include Cricket for Change which helps to change the lives of blind kids, the Maypole Project, which supports 160 families in South East London with children that have life threatening illnesses. There are also dozens of smaller projects.
Kenya
Kenya

Helping Kenya's slum kids. The orphan's refuge

Kenya

For the past three years we have been funding a children's refuge at Eldoret, which is a shanty town outside Nairobi.

This refuge takes in street kids, some of whom lost their parents during the recent troubles. Many of these kids live by scavenging for scraps and sniffing glue which suppresses the appetite. The refuge provides them with meals and a place to sleep so they are able to attend school.

In addition we have provided funding for them to start four small business in an attempt to become self sufficient.
Standproud
Standproud

We're helping young Polio victims to walk

Standproud

Vaccination programmes have failed to eradicate polio in parts of Africa and one of the worst affected countries is the Congo (DER) due partly to a continuous civil war.

We provide half the funding to run the Standproud operation in Kinshasa which has helped hundreds of children to walk again.

These children, many having spent time on the streets begging and pushing themselves around on homemade carts, are fitted with leg braces and taught to walk. Some are trained to make and fit leg braces for the next arrivals. Picture the smiles on their faces as these children regain their self respect and start to rebuild their lives.
Herbal medicine
Herbal medicine

Our research helps war vets with PTSD and herbal medicine

Herbal medicine

Traditional medicine is undergoing a renaissance because of increasing demand for alternatives to proprietary drugs.

We are funding two projects over the next four years at the University of Westminster, one of the leaders for the development and teaching of herbal medicine.

We are also sponsoring a pilot project at Edinburgh University into the benefit of war veterans using meditation to overcome the debilitating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Meditation Foundation, which will carry out the trial, has already completed a similar project for the NHS in Birmingham which demonstrated that patients taught meditation techniques recovered more quickly from major surgery.
Sri Lanca
Sri Lanca

DialAFlight helps Tsunami victims rebuild their lives

Sri Lanka

The boxing day tsunami in 2004 killed more than a million people and changed the lives of many more.

Anxious to help and wishing to avoid putting our money into the great collection box - much of which incidentally has never been spent - we sent our agent from the Maldives to Sri Lanka to see what could be done. The people's houses and fishing boats had all been destroyed and they needed help getting their lives back on track.

We financed a small fleet of replacement fishing boats, complete with engines and nets, which had to be sent to Tangalle with a police escort to avoid them being hijacked, together with some inshore fishing canoes for a community in Hambantota.