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
CHARITY | 3 MIN READ Morson employees vote for two charities to support in 2020 A 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. Kidscan 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. Kidscan Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research is a Salford-based charity that funds and manages research into new and improved treatments for children with cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children in the UK. 25% of children diagnosed won’t make it to their 30th birthday. Many of the children who do survive, suffer life-long, life-limiting side effects caused by the treatments used to cure them. Kidscan receive no statutory funding, but with the contributions from the public, volunteers and businesses they fund research to develop new treatments that not only cure children with cancer but also prevent the side effects of current treatments such as learning difficulties, mobility issues and infertility. 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
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
Long service and standout achievements were honoured in Morson Group’s annual awards luncheon. Taking place at the King Street Townhouse in the heart of Manchester, the annual service awards bought employees from across the Morson Group together to mark several key service milestones and recognise the above and beyond achievements of other employees of the business. Among the landmarks, we were delighted to celebrate a staggering 40 years of service for Client Service Director Steve Seddon, who joined the business as our first ever apprentice in February 1980. Since then, Steve has worked in a variety of positions across the Group, from draughtsman to Managing Director of our engineering design consultancy Morson Projects, before heading up our Client Services team. Morson CEO Ged Mason, who presented the awards, said of Steve: “Forty years on, you’ve been on a few campaigns in the trenches and you’ve had six or seven jobs with Morson that you might have had a career somewhere else with, but you stuck loyally with us. I personally have fond memories of working in the drawing office when I was sent up there to try to learn design. I was probably a bit of a nuisance, the boss’s son in the office! But I did learn a lot and grateful for the time and patience you gave me. Well done Steve.” As well as service awards for people who had served 10, 20 and 30 years with the company, Ged presented special awards for employees who have excelled in 2019. The Morson Charity Committee was recognised for their efforts over the past few years. In 2019, the business raised £130,000 to be split in half between our elected charities, ABF The Soldier’s Charity and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Last year also saw Morson's '50 Weeks of Giving' campaign help dozens of organisations in the local community with a cash donation every week. The charity committee, which comprises employees from across the Group, were presented with gifts to celebrate their efforts in achieving that total. There was also an additional award for members of the Morson 50th Committee, a group of employees who were responsible for planning and undertaking the significant celebrations which took place to mark Morson’s 50th year in business. The celebrations included a summer party for all employees, a commemorative book and video, refurbishments across head office and a number of special panel events. AWARDS 40 Years Steve Seddon 30 Years Wendy Berry, Joanne Heath, Mike Power (retired) 20 Years Sue Armitage, Linda Parker, Steve Doherty, Neil Greenwood, Carol Wood, Mohammed Ajaz, Tracy Daley, David Hill 10 Years Paola Cattaneo, Jonathan Darbyshire, Shannon Demiryaban, Katie Eames, Ewlina Kurcaba, Amy Learnihan, Nicola Leggett, Shelagh Lynch, Andrew Morris, Terry Naden, Karolina Pozdilkova, Grant Evans, David Smith, Ian Banks, Sally Entwistle, Rory Gorton, Alexandra Parmley, Anthony Raybould, Stuart Taylor, Christopher House, Jessica Andrew, Mark Howells, Anthony Dawson, Susan Wright The Morson Charity Committee David Robinson, Joanne McGowan, Karen Bradley, Angela Thompson, James Kenealey, Ben Taylor, Charlotte Halkyard, Mark Poncia, Tanya Basu, Cathy Jackson-Blackshaw, Jen Petruccio, Jonathan McMillan, Isha Foster, Paul Harvey, Michaela Elliot, Quade Smith-Allen, Jay Dassrath The Morson 50th Anniversary Committee James Kenealey, Rebekah Lee, Andy Hassall, Angela Thompson, Gareth Owen. Ready to take the next step in your career? You can search all of our current vacancies here.Find out more