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
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
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