Formed in 2007, our charity committee continues to lead our fundraising efforts as we pledge our support each year to multiple worthy causes, we have raised over £2million for dozens of charitable organisations across the country.
In 2019 Morson celebrated half a century in business. To honour this landmark we embarked on a programme of events, with charity and community at the heart with every office worldwide across the Group nominating a charity in that region to support. 50 Weeks of Giving was our biggest ever charitable year as we pledged to donate to 50 worthy causes and align our charity ambitions to our half-a-century birthday celebration. We are in awe of the enormous efforts of our staff, clients, contractors, supply chain and other partners, who came together to raise a staggering £130,000, which was evenly split between our two chosen charities: Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – both fantastic causes.
To truly mark 50 years, we asked every office worldwide to nominate a charity close to their own hearts to support in their region.
Diverse examples of the charities chosen include homeless shelters, care homes, youth projects and animal shelters.
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 2020 employee-chosen charities are Kidscan and Acorns. 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.
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Former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas finished his epic 10-day charity walk in style on Wednesday 19th May as he smashed his initial fundraising target, proudly wearing his Morson cap along the way!Over the 10-day journey, which began at Buckingham Palace on 10th May and ended at Manchester Cathedral, Ryan walked the equivalent of a marathon every single day in all kinds of weather conditions with a total of nine overnight stops. His inspiration for doing the walk, which was raising money for mental health and suicide prevention charity CALM, came after he was left devastated when a much-loved friend took his own life during lockdown. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week, 125 people in the UK take their own lives, with 75% of them being male. CALM exists to change this, and their helplines are open 365 days a year for people who require support or need to talk.Ryan initially set his fundraising target at £25,000 but this was quickly surpassed and his total at the time of writing stands at almost £160,000. The penultimate stretch of his journey took him from the Morson Group head office at Adamson House in Salford to Old Trafford, and Morson was there alongside Manchester United legends Denis Irwin and Bryan Robson to welcome him and celebrate almost reaching his end point.“On day one I wanted to give up. Getting to the end and knowing that if you dig deep hard enough and go through the pain you can get through it – that’s kind of what the mental health element is all about. It’s breaking the barriers and proving that you can do it. I’m really happy that people have gone on that journey with me and that I’ve been inspiring people to get out of bed in the morning and make that change. I’ve had so much support and that’s what it’s all about. If one life is saved by me doing this challenge, it’s been worth it.”On the approach to Old Trafford, Ryan was accompanied by Morson CEO Ged Mason, who pledged money towards the cause. Ryan wore a Morson cap throughout his walk: “I’m so honoured that Ged and Morson have pledged their support. This is another fantastic cause that they have backed over the years, so thank you Ged and thank you to all the team at Morson.” Ryan is set to be an ambassador for CALM and continue working with them in the future.To donate to Ryan's JustGiving fundraising page, click here.With mental health at the heart of our wellbeing strategy, we trained a selection of our employees to be Mental Health First Aiders to help support our colleagues personally and professionally. Find out more hereFind out more
After presenting £40,000 to each organisation at the end of last year, Morson Group has elected to maintain its charity partnerships from 2020 throughout 2021. In January 2020, Morson announced that the two charities that would be supported throughout the year would be Acorns Children’s Hospice and Kidscan, both nominated by and then voted for by the employees of the business. Acorn’s Children’s Hospice is a Midlands-based charity that provides support and end of life care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. The three hospice locations contain hydrotherapy pools, arts, sensory rooms and all of the other things needed to make children’s days the fullest they can be, providing respite care and allowing families to stay over safe in the knowledge that their child is being looked after. 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. Morson’s regular programme of charity events throughout the year includes cake sales, several golf days, a multi-day bike ride challenge and much more. However, the coronavirus pandemic struck early on the in the year which resulted in all charity fundraising activity being shelved as the nation went into the first of several lockdowns. With the standard activities postponed for at least a year, Morson CEO Ged Mason presented a cheque for £40,000 to each charity. The money, which was presented at the Group’s first-ever virtual company awards ceremony, was money that had been saved throughout the year in the absence of our traditional conferences and Christmas parties. Furthermore, it was announced that the charity partnership would continue through 2021 to allow for further employee-led fundraising. With ‘Care’ as one of the Morson Group’s core values and the support of the community important to the business, our charity committee was set up in 2007 to lead our fundraising efforts. In the past 13 years, the business has raised over £2 million for dozens of charities of all sizes across the UK. Kidscan’s Corporate Fundraising Manager Bethany Hinchliffe said: “Through the year, I’d struggled to build the kind of relationship that I’d normally want to achieve with a corporate partner. With staff on furlough, working from home for the first time, they were busy trying to help people work and get them back into their office safely but I wasn’t able to go in and meet them to help get things planned. Plus events weren’t able to go ahead, it was difficult for all of us. We are really fortunate that we’ve got another year with them, and I’ve got a chance to get to know the staff and hopefully the chance to hold some really fun and engaging events.” Both Kidscan and Acorns were surprised about the end of year donation, as Bethany explains: “It was a total surprise, Morson’s people didn’t tell us anything until we were up on stage, with microphones clipped on, being filmed! We were just overwhelmed by their generosity and after such a terrible year… also knowing that we’ll be working with them for another year is a great boost to the start of 2021, knowing that this will enable us to continue to fund vital research in to new and safer treatments for childhood cancer” The £40,000 given to Kidscan will fund a pump priming grant for four senior researchers, or an amazing twenty, one–year, student placements. For Acorns, it will go towards helping sustain end of life care for their Midlands-based hospice locations. Morson recently became patrons of ex-forces veteran Andy Reid MBE's Standing Tall Foundation. Find out more about our commitment to charity and the community hereFind out more