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 is proud to be spearheading a charity bike ride to raise money for the White Ensign Association. In September 2020, a dedicated team of cyclists with a small support crew will be riding from RNAS Yeovilton to RNAS Culdrose and back – a round trip of over 360 miles over demanding and hilly terrain. Matthew Sellick, former Royal Navy Sailor and Morson recruiter originally conceived of the idea, and the team scheduled to set off on 4 September comprises him, Morson’s Tony Beaumont and five other representatives from the Royal Navy and Leonardo Helicopters. Matt spoke to Morson about his career journey, the inspiration behind the ride, his training plans and his relationship with the White Ensign Association. Matt joined the Royal Navy when he was just 16 years old. “I was really into computers and they were having a big push recruiting for working on weapons and radars. As a young lad in 1997 when computer technology was still in its relative infancy, it was exciting enough to make me go to the Exeter careers office and sign up.” Matt would spend his next five years serving on HMS Liverpool and HMS Cardiff, with deployments to the Mediterranean, the west coast of Africa and the Middle East. After spending five Christmases in a row on deployment though, I started to realise change was needed. Before he could formally leave the Navy, Matt found himself drawn towards Air Traffic Control. He withdrew his notice during his 12-month period and became an Aircraft Controller, heading out on deployment again on HMS Argyll and eventually being based back at the tower at Yeovilton where he would spend his remaining years. “I then decided a change was once again needed. Two of my biggest regrets happened during this period though. First was leaving the Navy full stop, but secondly was not making the most of my resettlement. There were no social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn to get advice or connect with people who can help. I ended up in low-level civilian roles back home putting all my transferable skills to waste. I also could have done with some good advice on my pension and gratuity, which would have made a big difference to what I received.” Eventually, via several other roles, Matt would be offered a move to Yeovil to take up an opportunity within Morson Group’s Morson Forces division, the specialist recruitment arm with over 20 years’ experience with ex-forces veterans and their redeployment into civilian life. At any one time, Morson has in excess of 2,500 ex-military contract and permanent staff from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force working in the UK and overseas. “Having done my homework on the company I knew this was the role for me. Everything was perfect, the timing and the set up. I use my passion, knowledge and network to find the right candidate for the right role. I love to give as much advice as I can to any candidate who asks, to ensure they are as educated as possible about the positions available to them. That way, they won’t make the same mistakes I have in the past.” Supporting White Ensign Association Matt chose to support the White Ensign Association for the charity bike ride after realising the importance of such an organisation firsthand. “I wish I’d have known about it when I needed help. It’s a massively underrated charity which regularly gets forgotten.” The White Ensign Association is a registered charity founded in 1958. It was set up to provide a financial advisory service of the highest calibre for all serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and more. Over the years, the role has developed and expanded to include the provision of assistance in resettlement and employment in civilian life. The motivation for getting on a bike to raise this money came from an MOT health check on Matt that he received through Morson. “I found out I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and after blood tests found that my kidneys and liver were in bad shape. At 38 this put me at a high risk of a stroke or a heart attack, so I realised I had to change my diet and start some form of physical exercise.” Matt hadn’t ridden more than five miles on a bike and not done regular riding in some time. “I sit at a desk all day, don’t do sport and it takes me five minutes to walk to work. Something had to change. My director Tony [Beaumont] goes on various charity cycle rides and he mentioned he was thinking of organising a ride from RNAS Yeovilton to RNAS Culdrose. I joked and said it would be good motivation for me to take part, and before I knew it I was involved and the ride had extended to include a return trip too!” Matt is currently training on his first ever road bike averaging around 22 miles per day. “A few months ago I struggled to do 25 miles with an average speed of 10mph. Just recently I smashed out over 82 miles averaging roughly 15.5mph!” You can donate to Matt's fundraising page here. We'll be following Matt’s progress on Twitter and at our official Facebook page.Find out more
“I don’t feel too bad, I’ve had a little bit of time to rest now. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet that it’s all done and dusted.” Morson’s Matt Sellick, former Royal Navy sailor and ex-forces recruiter based out of Yeovilton, was taking part in a routine health MOT in late 2019 courtesy of Morson’s health & wellbeing programme when he found himself concerned by the results. “I found out that I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and after blood tests found that my kidneys and liver were in bad shape. At 38 this put me at a high risk of a stroke or a heart attack, so I realised I had to change my diet and start some form of physical exercise.” It was then that Matt joked with his colleagues about riding his bike from RNAS Yeovilton to RNAS Culdrose, a distance of 360 miles across demanding terrain. Pretty soon the joke turned into a serious idea and allied with Morson’s Tony Beaumont and representatives from Leonardo Helicopters and the Royal Navy, the plan was set in place to embark on the ride in September. The ride was to raise money for the White Ensign Association, a registered charity founded in 1958. It was set up to provide a financial advisory service of the highest calibre for all serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and more. Over the years, the role has developed and expanded to include the provision of assistance in resettlement and employment in civilian life. We caught up with Matt to talk us over the experience: “I was training for months and slowly improving. Then the last 8-10 weeks before the ride itself ramped up massively in terms of the training and planning, as well as the push for the fundraising. It was quite nonstop. All my training had been on my own pretty much because of the lockdown, we only went out a few times as a team. I was kind of winging most of the training to be honest!” Pretty soon the day arrived and the riders left RNAS Yeovilton accompanied by an escort of vehicles playing music. “I was a little bit nervous the week before the ride and as we were leaving Yeovilton. But then you get your head down and concentrate on the ride itself and it went quite quickly to be honest. You didn’t really have a lot of time to think and that was the case throughout. It was early starts every day and then by the time we were getting into the hotels it was late and we had maybe half an hour turnaround times before we had to eat dinner. Then it was back to the hotel at 10am and up again at 6:30. For those four days we didn’t have the time that you normally might after a long ride to have a long bath or a rest! It was full on." The first day of the ride was around 100 miles long, with the team getting to know each other. It wasn’t until getting up on the second day that it occurred to Matt that it wasn’t just a one day ride and that the toughest part was still yet to come. “Then halfway through day two I blew my knee out. I’d had my cleats replaced on my shoes and I didn’t get them fitted properly and it wasn’t aligned properly. I hadn’t had injury throughout training at all but then halfway through the second day with this every pedal stroke with my right leg was agony really. But I got through it with paracetamol and determination.” With a couple of stops a day for refreshments and lunch, the team powered through long days. In the evenings after every ride the team enjoyed a meal out and drinks. “On day two there were a lot of bottles of wine and prosecco, everyone was on the gin and I was thinking, wow, we’ve got to do another 88 miles tomorrow and it’s not even the last day! I guess because you top yourself up so much with your multivitamins and hydration tablets and gels to keep your levels topped up you’re not really that dehydrated anyway.” “Day three was horrible, I think it might have been the worst day of my life! Not just because of the injury but because of the amount of climbing that we were doing in one day. That third day on its own you wouldn’t want to put with any other day in a row at all but the fact that it was after 100 miles on day one then 80 miles on day two. THEN we were climbing up across Bodmin Moor. It was the worst day and the team had to drag me through that a bit. Some of the other riders who were a lot more experienced than me were finding it tough. That sort of made be believe that I could do it, because if these experienced riders were struggling then I wasn’t alone.” Day four provided some relief for the riders with a final stretch that was consistently downhill towards the finish line back at RNAS Yeovilton. “Me and Tony Beaumont at the front setting the pace for the last 30 miles. The adrenaline was there, and we knew there were no hills left. I thought I’d be a bit more emotional at the end. But I think I was just too tired and emotional. We went for a couple of drinks at the local pub afterwards and the CEO of White Ensign Association was there and the second in command of Yeovilton met us. I was just too tired to let it sink in. I had a busy few days after the ride which didn’t really help because I didn’t rest the knee enough!” Despite the strain of completing the ride, it’s not put Matt off further challenges in the future. “I was really surprised by the level of support actually. I was putting it out on social media a lot to try and fundraise and keep people engaged in my training. Some of the people who had followed the stories and then donated were some people I’d not seen since school. They were on my Facebook but I’d never met them. Seeing the gratitude of the charity at the end really meant a lot too. I had a handwritten letter from Lord Carlile. He was going to come to the finish line, but he was busy in the House of Lords that day! “If we can raise £7,500 by me joking in the office that I’m going to cycle from Yeovilton to Culdrose and back during a pandemic, then the next challenge I could maybe be a bit more adventurous on.” Matt's fundraising page is still open. Click here to donateFind out more