As one of our Core Values, charity is of fundamental importance to Morson and over the last decade we have raised hundreds of thousands for dozens of charitable organisations across the country.
In 2019 Morson will celebrate half a century in business. To honour this land mark we have embarked on a programme of events, with charity and community at the heart. During the next 12 months we plan for every office worldwide across the Group to take part, nominating a charity in that region to support. Closer to home we are embarking to help the local community as part of our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme by providing donations each week to help schools, homeless shelters, elderly care homes, youth projects, animal welfare shelters and many other institutions in the Manchester area, beginning in January. Read more about our progress here >
The Morson Charity Committee was founded in 2007, and each year our employees vote to select two charitable organisations to raise vital funds for - one local organisation and one national. The nomination of a local charity often stems from the personal experience of an employee and Morson is proud to support and promote awareness of a worthwhile cause in our region.
Our fundraising efforts are driven by our employees and the Charity Committee. In 2017, we raised £110,000 for The Christie and Alzheimer's Society through a golf day, our annual bike ride, cake sales, raffles, a skydive and much more.
“Its been another incredibly successful year of fundraising once again. This year has been great because we’ve seen a number of new events that we’ve not done before and they’ve all been a huge success, raising thousands of pounds for great causes.” David Robinson | Chairman of the Charity Committee
Our 2019 employee-chosen charities are the Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. As part of the Armed Forces Covenant and a recipient of the Ministry of Defence Gold Award one of our charity nominations this year reflects our continued work towards helping ex-forces veterans into civilian careers. Through this activity we aim to have our best ever year of fundraising, giving £500,000 throughout the year and surpassing the record of £160,000 raised in 2016. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as Salford University, the Seashell Trust, Destination Florida and Alzheimer's Society.
In 2017, continued to champion #TeamMorson in their athletic endeavours with key sponsorships of boxers, golfers, sports teams and jockeys. Visit Morson Sport for exclusive interviews and videos with our sports stars like Anthony Crolla, Callum Smith, Paul Nicholls Stables and Sale Sharks. For the latest breaking news, keep up to date on Twitter @MorsonGroup
MORSON NEWS | 4 MIN READ Morson-sponsored ex-forces veteran completes gruelling 155 mile Ultra Marathon in Jordan. Jake Gardner also recently completed a summit of Mount Elbrus in Russia Following our recent sponsorship of the Wilderness Navigators’ Mount Elbrus challenge, we were delighted to sponsor one of its participants in an extreme marathon challenge successfully completed in early October in Jordan. The Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon in Aqaba, Jordan, comprises 155 miles over five days. Competitors can expect to face sand dunes and temperatures reaching as high as 35 degrees throughout the course of the run, which took place between 7th and 11th October. We caught up with our sponsored competitor Jake Gardner for him to talk us through the race. “When I woke up on 6th October, the realisation of the enormity and seriousness of the challenge finally kicked in. This was my first ever running event. Three months of preparation with the Mount Elbrus summit in the middle with my longest run being 25 miles and it all came to this, departure day. The last pack is always an unnecessary panic, thinking you’re ready and then realising you might have forgotten something… and it was a sad goodbye to my ever-supportive wife.” Two days after his flight to Jordan, Jake was ready to tackle day one of the race, a 46km run and the third longest of the five days. “I basically got no sleep but I rested well. I did a bit of stretching and some mobility exercises and had scrambled eggs and a coffee. Then it was time for the off on a beautiful morning. The pace was fast at the beginning but comfortable and I found a rhythm. By 26km it was starting to get very hot and I was running with a Marine, an army guy and a man from Coasta Rica called Quentin. They were all seasoned athletes. As the run went on I began to slow down and use my sticks. Between 30km and 46km was a massive, massive struggle. I finally finish within 5 hours feeling exhausted, sick and dizzy.” The rest of the day was spent resting, eating and hydrating. The next day would prove to be even more of a challenge for Jake – 50km, the furthest he had ever run up to that point. “I was up at 4:30am for this leg. At the start line my back is starting to flare up. By the time I hit the 18km point I hit a wall and from then on it got worse. I slowed down dramatically, walking at times and enjoying the view. The most challenging factors were existing injuries, nausea and the relentless heat. I finally came in around 7 hours 30 minutes." The challenge was far from over. The longest day, day three, lay immediately ahead, following a short rest and a 2am wake up. “I started out slow in the dark which was nice because it was cooler, but it was hard, hard work. The support crew were incredible though. It was 34 degrees in the shade! I ended it in pure agony after about 16 hours and 30 minutes. Some team members walked to the finish with me for the last kilometre. The penultimate day would see another 44km, and after getting in late in the day, Jake had less rest than some of the other competitors. “I was destroyed after the day before, but not defeated! I had a strategy today, knowing that my back would flare up so there was an osteopath at each checkpoint. I made it home in 40th place, and there were 19 who didn’t finish.” The final day arrived for Jake after another tough night’s sleep and another early rise at 5am. The final day was about getting to the end and Jake was keen to be setting off. “The views as always were unforgettable. I set off at a reasonably quick pace to make up some sort of time window in the first 10/20km which worked well the day before and there was more shade today in the canyon in the morning. I walked a reasonable chunk of the course but made it back in in around 7 hours with the crew and team cheering, which was incredible. It was very emotional and when I crossed the line I was exhausted mentally and physically. It was an emotional and unforgettable experience.” All at Morson congratulate Jake on his amazing achievement, and look forward to being involved in his future ventures. Currently, Morson Forces has in excess of 2,500 ex-military contract and permanent staff from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, working across a variety of client projects in the UK and overseas. Search our forces friendly jobs here.Find out more
CHARITY | 3 MIN READ Morson employees vote for two charities to support in 2020 A national children's cancer charity and a Midlands-based charity for the care of children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses won the vote Morson Group employees have voted for their chosen charity partners of 2020. Children with Cancer and Acorns Children’s Hospice will be the two charities that Morson will support with charity fundraising activity throughout the year. Previous years have seen the business organise skydives, bike rides and an abseil to raise vital funds for organisations employees have voted for. Children with Cancer Children with Cancer are the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. In February 1987, leukaemia claimed the life of 14-year-old Paul O’Gorman. Within weeks of his death, his family started fundraising. Just nine months later, another devastating blow struck the family when Paul’s sister, Jean, was also killed by cancer. In November 1987, just days after Jean’s death, their parents, Eddie and Marion O’Gorman, met Diana, Princess of Wales. Deeply moved by the double tragedy, she personally helped to establish the charity. Every week in the UK, more than 70 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer. Out of every £100 spent on cancer research in the UK, just £3 is spent on childhood cancer. Every year, the charity invests more than £4 million in new research. Since 1988, they have raised over £220 million to help the fight with research, improved treatments and much-needed support for children and their families. Acorns Children’s Hospice With two locations in the Midlands (Walsall and Birmingham) and one in Worcester, Acorns Children’s Hospice provides babies, children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who have life limiting or life-threatening conditions and associated complex needs with a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support. Acorns provide a holistic service which meets the needs of both the children and their families, including the bereaved. This includes short break provision; emergency and end of life care; therapeutic and psychosocial support; sibling services and family support. In the past year, Acorns have supported 787 children and 1,223 family members across the organisation, including those who have been bereaved. In 2019 the charity ran into funding difficulties and require a target of £2 million to keep its Walsall branch open until at least March 2020. In 2019, Morson had a record year of fundraising for employee-chosen charities Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. As an addition to this, we embarked on a ’50 Weeks of Giving’ campaign to celebrate 50 years in business. We donated to 50 local organisations, ranging from homeless shelters to hospitals, to the total of £50,000. Find our more about our 50th anniversary '50 Weeks of Giving' campaign and about our wider work with charity and communityFind out more
MORSON SPORT | 2 MIN READ Morson sponsor pair undertaking Kilimanjaro Challenge Amy and Danielle, related to the Morson-sponsored Paul Nicholls Stables, undertake the challenge in February “We’ve done running, climbing and all sorts of other fitness training… but neither of us have practised the camping part!” Amy Derham is the sister of Harry Derham, assistant to Morson-sponsored champion horse racing trainer Paul Nicholls. She doesn’t work with her brother at the yard, but is associated through working with her fathers sporting insurance business, All Sports Insurance, who include Morson rugby stars Sale Sharks among their clientele. On 23rd February 2020, Amy and one of her best friends Danielle Baker (herself related to Nicholls’ yard through her father, head lad Clifford Baker) will be attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. They will be attempting this feat to raise money for Child Bereavement UK, a charity close to the heart of Danielle, as Amy tells us: “Danielle lost her mum when she was just 10 years old. Then, around 6 or 7 years ago, she lost her brother. So that’s why we’re looking to raise money for that charity. Our aim is to raise £10,000, half each, and we’re fortunate enough that we’re going to hit that target.” CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR AMY AND DANIELLE Alongside their Kilimanjaro climb, the pair have also taken part in a fun run and will be hosting a Cheltenham Festival evening with Paul Nicholls on the panel. To prepare for the daunting undertaking, the pair have been preparing in a number of ways: “Danielle climbed a mountain in Europe and I’ve done the UK Three Peaks - Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scaffel Pike. Neither of us have practised the camping part yet though!” On their week-long journey to summit the 5,895m (19,341ft) Kilimanjaro, the pair will spend four and a half days working their way up. “We’re doing a route called the Machame route, which is slightly longer but it means you get more time to acclimatise. After the climb up, we spend a short time at the top and then it’s about a day and a half back down to the bottom. We’re both really excited for it! When we planned this over a year ago, February 2020 seemed like a long way away but it’s now right on top of us! We’ve spoken to a lot of people who say it’s tough but it’s an amazing experience.” When the pair reach the bottom, it’ll be just a few days before they get to celebrate at one of the biggest dates in the horse racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival. “Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate at Cheltenham with a Gold Cup win!” Everyone at Morson would like to wish Amy and Danielle the very best of luck on their challenge. Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date!Find out more
CHARITY | 3 MIN READ Morson sponsored the Wilderness Navigators Mount Elbrus challenge back in 2019 Jake Gardner, one of the climbers, tells us about his latest activities as the team set sights on Mount Everest In September 2019, Morson sponsored two ex-forces veterans who completed the Mount Elbrus challenge in Southern Russia, a 5,000m climb to the top of one of the worlds fabled Seven Summits. The Wilderness Navigators raised money for mental health and PTSD. Later in the year, Morson also sponsored Jake Gardner, one of the climbers, on his Jordan Ultra Marathon challenge. We caught up with Jake, who filled us in on his latest adventures... The Scotland Winter Mountaineering Expedition The Scotland Winter Mountaineering expedition is something I really look forward to every year. I love organising routes, constantly looking at the weather two or three weeks before the departure date and getting stuck into packing all the necessary kit, old and new, in preparation for a week of adventure! It’s almost like organising for an expedition to one of the worlds highest mountains minus the altitude sickness. Scotland can really test you in every possible way - fitness, navigation, mountaineering skills and you can get caught out in some very challenging weather conditions. The drive from Southampton to Fort William took around 11hrs picking up Tom from Oxford, who took on the Wilderness Navigators Mt. Elbrus expedition last year. Photographer James May joined the team later on in the week. The main purpose of this week was to practice existing skills in winter conditions and learn new skills - Ice Axe arrests Route planning Navigation in arduous weather conditions Contour interpretation and map reading Crampon techniques and good foot placements Emergency snow shelters Reading of weather reports Testing of new kit Avalanche risk Rope work Abseiling and climbing with crampons Although the winter weather conditions have been very warm in Scotland, we got very lucky with fresh snow and temperatures plummeting toward the weekend. We arrived at our destination around 1am and set our tent up in less than ideal conditions with gusting winds and sleet/rain to settle down for the night. It was a challenging night and when our alarms went off, we quickly noticed that the tent had also had a bad night! A few pegs had come out and the front of the tent had completely flooded - always a good start! The next evening we based ourselves at Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, which was always the plan and a great place to stay! With spacious, well-heated rooms, kitchen facilities and a log fire, it really is a great place to come back to after a long day on the hills. One of the main objectives was to test my new La Sportiva Nepal Extreme Mountain boots and to make sure that they were up to the job for next years Everest expedition. After a week of varying wether conditions they were absolutely up the job. A durable, water proof, crampon compatible, sturdy boot that kept my feet very warm and toasty! The only drawback was that I will need a moulded insole because of my high arch feet and the laces needed adjusting at times. But for a new boot that hadn’t been worn in, they worked exceptional well! No blisters. A great set of approach boots. Overall a great week in the Scottish highlands making the most of the Winter conditions, training, learning and taking on some difficult testing arduous routes. Adaptive Grand Slam Cumbria challenge - Lake District After finishing up with the team in Scotland on Friday, I drove drown to the Lake District to Support and take part in the annual AGS Cumbria Challenge - a weekend that brings the AGS community together and to take on a mountain challenge. This years challenge was a lead a team round a 13 mile horse shoe route with the objective of summiting Fairfield in winter conditions. We were lucky with the conditions with great weather and a fresh dusting of snow over the night sub zero icy conditions that made it very difficult at times for some of the team that lower leg disabilities. Overall a great week leading, learning and training. We'll be catching up with Jake on future challenges so stay tuned for more updates! Currently, Morson Forces has in excess of 2,500 ex-military contract and permanent staff from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, working across a variety of client projects in the UK and overseas. Search our forces friendly jobs hereFind out more