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 | 2 MIN READ Morson continues 50 Weeks of Giving campaign through April. Children's charities among the beneficiaries of almost £4,000 in donations. Throughout the month of April, we donated £3,750 to various charities as part of our '50 Weeks of Giving' campaign as we celebrate 50 years in business. For week one, we donated £500 to Once Upon A Smile, a Trafford-based children's bereavement charity that provides emotional and practical support. They also support children and families when a parent, guardian or sibling has died. For the second week, we donated £250 towards the Trewan Sands Children's Trusts' Wilmslow half-marathon runner Kelly Fearn. Working closely with local authority disability units, special needs schools and various other charities, Trewan Sands provide holiday's, day trips and outward bound days to disabled and terminally ill children and their families. Cash for Kids is Bauer Radio's network of local charities who respond to the needs of children in communities, striving to enable all children to fulfil their potential. Hit's Radio, part of of the Bauer portfolio, ran a Superhero Day in April and benefitted from a £1,000 donation from Morson. Other organisations to benefit from our 50 Weeks of Giving include Racing Welfare, a charity that supports welfare within horse racing, and the Tour De Manc cycle ride which supports various charities across the region. Each organisation received a £1,000 donation. Our 50 Weeks of Giving programme will be in addition to the work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019, Motor Neurone Disease Assosication and ABF The Soldier's Charity. In the last 10 years, we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust, Destination Florida, Salford University, Alzheimer's Society and MIND. Celebrations throughout the year have bought together Morson's sporting ambassadors; from horse racing, to ex-Manchester United players, to former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and Sale Sharks rugby club. Find out more about Morson's sporting sponsorship and our committment to charity and community.Find out more
CHARITY | 2 MIN READ Morson continues 50 Weeks of Giving with homelessness sleep-out. Employees Victoria Doherty and Lorna James slept rough to raise money for homeless shelter facilities in Manchester. On 17th May 2019, Morson employees Lorna James and Victoria Doherty took part in the Cornerstone Big Sleep-Out in Manchester to raise money for and awareness of homelessness. The Cornerstone Big Sleep-Out is an annual event that sees members of the public sleep rough to raise money to fund the construction of portacabins (or ‘pods’) that serve as temporary shelter for the destitute, homeless and rough sleepers. People taking part are allowed to take nothing more than cardboard, binbags, a sleeping bag and a few warm items of clothing, regardless of the weather. Before they took part in the event, Client Services Manager Victoria Doherty and P.A Lorna James visited several homeless shelters in the region to take donations of clothing, food and self-care products that had been provided to them by employees of Morson. The money they raised from sleep-out challenge would go directly towards funding the pods, with the donation forming part of the ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme for 2019. After the event, we spoke to Vic and Lorna about their motivations for taking part, how their experience was and what they discovered along the way. What were your motivations for taking part? Vic: When I worked in Manchester I used to go under a bridge and I’d see this one guy all the time who was homeless. He was called Dave and his dog was called Bob. He never begged and asked for anything or bother anyone and he always used to say hello. It was seeing others walk around him or ignore him that got to me, so I used to purposely bring some extra food with me in the mornings - an orange, an apple or something like that. That went on for about three years. Then one day, he wasn’t there anymore. It just started to make me think about how many people in Manchester particularly how many people there are. There’s so much more people can do about it but people judge too easily. It’s not always to do with drugs or alcohol. Lorna: Mine is very similar. I wanted to have a better appreciation for what it’s like for people sleeping rough. It really upsets me to see and you just want to help these people. What was your experience like at the food banks? Lorna: "When we went to the Salford food bank, the people there looked so vulnerable. You don’t see it everyday and you don’t realise how many people are on the poverty line. Just one little thing that we bought meant loads to these people. When I was speaking to people there, you realise that there’s so much form filling to do these days and its really difficult to know where to start when it comes to trying to get out of the situation." Vic: "I think sometimes a little bit of awareness goes a long way. Everyone has a spare bit of toothpaste or deodorant and we can make a huge difference. Even if you think that you don’t want to contribute to something they shouldn’t buy by giving them money, there’s always the possibility of giving them something like a drink. It felt so good to be helping. Look what happened with us as a business. It was a few weeks and two or three comms went out and people bought in one item, went to the shops and bought more. The kindness we had here went a long way. Then to physically see that actually making a difference was quite emotional." "To physically see something so small actually making a difference was quite emotional." - Lorna James Tell us about sleeping rough. Lorna: Cornerstone did a presentation before the night we slept about how the organisation started and how it helps. It gives perspective from two people explaining how and why they were getting help. After that the night went by very slowly. We were in a safe marshalled place where we were being looked after and it was frightening enough hearing the sirens in the distance, but it was weird to imagine being in the middle of Piccadilly Gardens or somewhere like that. Vic: There were about 100 people there which was a great turn out. There were children too, I think the parents had bought them to teach them how lucky they are! We could go in for hot drinks up until a certain point so we still had a few luxuries like going to a private toilet. Lorna: It made me think that if you were that scruffy and nobody would let you in to public places to use the toilets. The whole experience was actually quite spiritual. Being out of your comfort zone and realising how lucky you are when you’re away from all of your things. It makes you not want to moan so much. Vic: We said we’d go to sleep about half one and we went to sleep holding hands! How did you feel the next day? Lorna: I think I could cope because I knew it was only going to be one night. I was aching through the night because of the way I was holding myself in the night to keep warm. When I woke up the next morning I felt horrible, and that’s just one night. It’s a dignity thing, and it’s amazing how just by having a wash or something like that it can improve you. Vic: One night, weather was kind. If I’d done multiple nights I’d have reached out for something like alcohol and other substances just to get through the night! Vic: It was a real humbling experience and I’m grateful we did the journey together. Victoria and Lorna have raised over £2,700 from their sleep-out. The donation goes directly to Cornerstone and they become one of the charities in our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ series. As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, the programme has seen us provide an individual donation each week to help worthy causes in the region. Coupled with our core annual charity activity we aim to raise and donate £500,000 in total. Our core charities for the year are ABF The Solider’s Charity and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Find out more about our 50 Weeks Of Giving charity initiative as we celebrate 50 years in businessFind out more
CHARITY | 3 MIN READ On Friday 14th June 2019, 20 Morson employees embarked on the annual charity bike ride This year saw them take on a '100 Miles In A Day' challenge from Salford to Southport and back On Friday 14th June, 20 employees of Morson embarked on the annual charity bike ride to raise money for our 2019 charities, The Soldier's Charity and Motor Neurone Disease Association. While the annual bike ride usually takes place over an entire weekend, this year the challenge was to ride 100 miles in a single day - from our Salford head office to Southport and back again. This proved to be a different challenge to previous years. When taking part over several days, the riders cycle roughly 60 miles a day, but this time they had to dig deep and find some extra strength to complete the ride. We spoke to Head of Marketing Rebekah Lee, Resourcer Carrisa Armstrong and FCO Account Manager Carl Pollitt about their experiences. How did you prepare? Rebekah: Is this question meant to be ironic?! After being peer pressured into the bike ride by Charlie Halkyard and Vic Doherty whilst minding my own business at the printer… with 48 hours to go there was little time to prepare. My preparation consisted of finding a bike and helmet to borrow, moisturising my legs (seemed sensible) and a 30 second practise ride up and down the underground car park just before we set off. Carrisa: I did four recent bike rides before tackling the 100 miles, the most being 25miles so not much preparation! Carl: I did as much cycling as possible beforehand, on same terrain if possible. I cycle into work as well. Which part of the ride did you find the most challenging? Rebekah: Hills are not my friend. Apart from the obvious physical challenges the most demanding part is psychological. There was one part where we went 7 miles in the wrong direction and had to double back over a very bumpy canal path (ouch!), once your head goes it’s challenging to rally and recover. Carrisa: The most challenging part of the bike ride for me was the last 20 mile stretch from Hale Village to the Rope & Anchor, I was running out of energy and starting to realise I had not done enough preparation! Carl: For me, definitely some of the canal tow path ride because of the recent weather and the last 25/30 miles due to tiredness/exhaustion. What was your favourite part? Rebekah: It truly is a team effort. You meet so many people from different areas of the business and different seniorities who you know to varying degrees – once you get on the bike you feel such a sense of team spirit. #TeamMorson are the best... Never mind this smushy stuff my actual favourite part was my pint at the Rope and Anchor pub. Carrisa: The team support was fantastic! Also the feeling of actually completing the 100 miles. Carl: I'd say the ride from Southport/Crosby coastline was really great along with the general team spirit. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to take part next year? Rebekah: Simples. Wear 3, 4 even 5 pairs of padded shorts… seriously… there’s no pain quite like it. I’ve only just recovered. Carissa: Based on my experience, lots of preparation and plenty of food and drink! It's also a good idea to bring a change of clothes because of the unpredictable weather! Carl: Definitely start preparing/cycling now! Make sure you have the right bike/ tyres and clothing and get ready for one physically draining rewarding challenge which is great fun as well. Find out more about our commitment to charity and communityFind out more
MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson Technical Services in Yeovil take part in charity fundraiser with Leonardo UK Funds raised went to the Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team Morson’s onsite team in Yeovil were proud to play an important role in a major fundraising effort with Leonardo UK. The Morson Technical Services team, who are onsite with Leonardo UK in Yeovil helped the business raise £46,000 for the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team (AFPST) by supporting the Ride of Steel Challenge 2019. Leonardo UK has supported the AFPST, who play a powerful role in the recovery of injured and sick serving personnel and veterans through sporting activity, for ten years. The Ride of Steel 2019 saw 20 riders cycle 232 miles to Sheffield, 7 riders from Basildon cycled 238 miles over 4 days, a team of 12 riders from Luton and Lincoln cycled more than 180 miles to Sheffield in three days, 7 cyclists travelled the 220-mile ride from Southampton and two more the 200 miles from Bristol. On the final day, all riders arrived together for the opening ceremony of the UK Invictus Games Trials in Sheffield. Clare Brister and Ruth House from MTS at Yeovil helped with the logistics of moving the cyclists and their kit for the duration of the journey while Tony Beaumont took part in the cycle challenge. He commented on Morson’s support: “We’re all really proud to have been involved in this amazing and uplifting experience. Clare and Ruth were amazing and gave up their weekend to support the challenge. They both deserve medals!” Charity is one of Morson’s core values. Coupled with core charity activity, Morson aims to raise and donate £500,000 in total throughout the year in celebration of 50 years in business. Core charity activity has seen us work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019 - Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. In the last 10 years, over £2million has been raised for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida. Morson has also embarked on a program of donation called '50 Weeks of Giving', in which local organisations receive funds each week throughout the year. To find out more about how Morson supports local charities, click here. Looking to progress your career? Search Morson jobs now.Find out more
CHARITY | 2 MIN READ Morson donates to five organisations throughout July 50 Weeks Of Giving celebrates Morson's 50th anniversary in business Morson continued its ’50 Weeks Of Giving’ programme with a combined donation of £3,250 to five organisations throughout the month of July. Monton Unitarian Church benefitted from a £1,000 donation to help towards an easy access project for disabled access to the church. A further £500 was donated to the Children’s Burns Unit at Manchester Children’s Hospital. Morson has previously assisted the hospital in 2014 when a donation of £30,000 was made to fund the refurbishment of the Teen Zone and the purchase of an MRI Compatible Incubator Pod. Boothstown Football Club in Worsley benefitted from a £250 donation. The club us an FA Charter Standard Community Club that caters for the growing population of children, young people and adults from the surrounding area. With 400 registered players, they offer places for children from 6 years of age. £1,000 was donated to the Salford Foundation, which provides a wide array of opportunities to help young people fulfil their potential through mentoring and projects. They also help local businesses engage with the local community and people. A further donation of £500 was made to the RSPCA. Our '50 Weeks of Giving' programme has seen us provide an individual donation each week to help worthy causes in the region. Coupled with our core annual charity activity, we aim to raise and donate £500,000 in total as we celebrate our 50th year in business. Some of the other organisations to benefit from the 50 Weeks of Giving programme include Cornerstone, Manchester Settlement and Wythenshawe Hospital. Our core charity activity will see us work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier's Charity. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida. Charity and community are at the heart of everything we do. Find out moreFind out more
50 WEEKS OF GIVING | 5 MIN READ As part of Morson’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019, we have embarked on a ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme, donating money each week to various local and national causes. Morson’s Content Marketing Executive, Jessica Tabinor has been the inspiration for our latest donation. Jess lives with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic bone disorder, more commonly known as brittle bones. Affecting a person born with it throughout their lifetime, it is characterised by fragile bones which break easily. We spoke to Jess about living and working with brittle bones, found out how the Brittle Bone Society has helped her from an early age and why she wanted to help. What were your early years with brittle bones like? When I was born I broke my femur, my collarbone and ribs. I wouldn’t stop crying so they sent my medical information to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and within 48 hours they told my parents that I had brittle bones. I broke a lot when I was younger, for the first 12 months of my life they carried me around on a pillow! OI is a disorder of collagen, a protein which forms the framework for the bone structure. In OI the collagen may be of poor quality, or there just may not be enough to support the mineral structure of the bones. This makes the bones weak and fragile and results in the bones being liable to fracture at any time, even without trauma. What has been the most difficult break/operation you’ve ever had? My back operation was the worst operation I’ve ever had. Due to the brittle bones, I’ve also got scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and when I was 11 I went for a check-up and the progression of the curvature had gotten so bad in just one year that they got me in for emergency spinal surgery. It’s a massive operation due to it being on your spinal cord, they fuse your spine, put a rod down the middle and then put screws on all of your vertebrae. It took about a year to fully recover from that one. How was life at school, and latterly work? It was sometimes difficult at school because I had a lot of fractures as I was growing up, so I had to have a lot of time off. I ended up having to teach myself a lot of subjects! I broke my femur just before taking my GCSE exams and my surgeon was on holiday, so I had to stay in hospital and wait for him to come back to put me back together again! Fortunately, throughout my career, my various employers have always been really supportive of my condition and that’s certainly the case at Morson. As soon as I joined they provide me with a laptop for when I’m feeling particularly achy or have a fracture, so I can work from home when needed. When I first started working here, the CEO Ged Mason came up to me to introduce himself and made it known that if there was anything that I needed to better accommodate my wheelchair, it would be taken care of. It’s great to have that kind of support around you. The Brittle Bone Society work towards improving the quality of life for people diagnosed with OI by providing emotional support, signposting and information, financial help for wheelchairs and equipment, and raising awareness of the condition. To find out more about the Brittle Bone Society, click here. How did the Brittle Bone Society help you? When I found out that we were doing the 50 Weeks of Giving initiative it felt only right to put forward the Brittle Bone Society. They have done so much for me over the years and I wouldn’t be where I am now without their support. They provided me with walking aids, wheelchairs, you name it. When I was first born they even sent my parents specially adapted Velcro clothes that were easier to dress me in and specially designed seats to teach me how to sit up for myself. My parents also received lots of advice from Margaret Grant, founder of the Society and she put them in touch with other families who had children with the same condition which was a massive help. Very kindly, Morson CEO, Ged offered to fund 50 kids packs which are given to children who are in hospital recovering from a fracture or operation. The kid's packs contain essentials such as wet wipes but also a variety of things to keep them entertained such as colouring books and teddy bears. Coupled with our core charity activity, we aim to raise and donate £500,000 in total as we celebrate our 50th year in business. Our core charity activity has seen us work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019 - Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. In the last 10 years, we’ve raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida. Stay up to date and find out more about our 50 Weeks of Giving charity initiative as we celebrate 50 years in business here.Find out more
MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson sponsor veterans challenge for mental health and PTSD Wilderness Navigators team aim to summit Mount Elbrus in Russia. As part of our 50 weeks of giving, Morson Group is delighted to sponsor the Wilderness Navigators’ Mount Elbrus challenge, being undertaken by two forces veterans to raise money for mental health and PTSD. Taking place in September 2019, the challenge will see two forces veterans, Jake Gardner and Samuel Dean, attempt to climb the highest summit in Europe. Passionate about climbing, Jake served in Afghanistan in 15 Sqn as a Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner. It was during Herrick 17 that he was injured in 2013, resulting in his medical discharge in February 2015. A leader and navigator, fellow climber Sam Dean served alongside Jake in Afghanistan with 15 Sqn and has since served in multiple countries around the world. He speaks to Morson about the story behind the challenge: “We set up Wilderness Navigators with the main vision of delivering hiking and climbing experiences to groups offering support and guidance to encourage a healthier lifestyle. We want to engage people from all walks of life so they can combat their personal goals, particularly in ways close to us being veterans – mental health and PTSD.” For their newest feat, the pair will be joined by another veteran climber and will attempt to summit Mount Elbrus. One of the fabled Seven Summits and with an elevation of 5,000m, the dormant volcano of Mount Elbrus sits in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia near the border with Georgia. “We don’t have a specific charity but for the Mount Elbrus challenge we’ve partnered with a charity called Rock 2 Recovery which is a veteran’s charity for mental health and PTSD.” Ticking off Mount Elbrus is a step towards a bigger challenge for the climbers: “Long term we want to do all of the Seven Summits, with Everest the main one. Jake has already climbed Aconcagua [Andes, Argentina] but we chose this one now because it’s affordable without a major corporate sponsor and it’s within our skillset.” The journey will begin with a flight from London to Moscow followed by a connecting flight a couple of days later to the mountain range. Between the 1st and 8th September the team will spend time acclimatising to the are before attempting a summit. “Which day we do it will depend on the weather, but we’re hoping we can make it in the middle of that period, maybe the 4th. We’ll be going up the west summit. All being well, we should be back in England for 11th September." Our '50 Weeks of Giving' programme has seen us provide an individual donation each week to help worthy causes in the region. Coupled with our core annual charity activity, we aim to raise and donate £500,000 in total as we celebrate our 50th year in business. Our core charity activity will see us work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier's Charity. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as the Seashell Trust and Destination Florida. Everyone at Morson wishes the Wilderness Navigators team the very best of luck for their trip. Follow us on Twitter to check in the with the climbers. 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