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.
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
In 2018 our two chosen charities, as voted for by Morson employees are Francis House and MIND.
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 has a long history with the Seashell Trust, a North West based charity which provides a happy and secure environment for children and young adults with complex and severe disabilities. The Seashell Trust is home to the Royal School Manchester, a non-maintained special school, and the Royal College Manchester, an independent specialist further education college. Both the school and college are residential and together cater for students from the age of 2 to 25. One of the buildings, The Gerry Mason House, is proudly supported by Morson and the CEO Ged Mason’s family. Last week we had the privilege of visiting the Seashell Trust to take a look around and see engineering improving lives through advancements in technology. To read more about the Gerry Mason House, click here. Inside the Gerry Mason house, Jenny, Short Breaks Manager, discussed the importance of donations: “It’s really important for the Seashell Trust to receive funding because essentially, we’re a charity. This house, in particular, was funded by Ged in memory of his father Gerry Mason and the monitory contribution enabled this residence to stand as it is with all the adaptions. It’s as homely as any other home would be but it really caters to the individuals that reside here. These homes have a community feel, a neighbourly feel, but you still have the same level of support across the site.” Morson’s engineering skills have also helped the Seashell plan the expansion of their site as Morson Projects Design Consultancy rendered a 3D concept for the new facility, using their state of the art modelling technology. Engineering and technology also work in broader ways to improve the lives of all of the students at the Seashell Trust. Dominic, Head of Fundraising, Marketing & Community Development explained: “We were very conscious when we built these [homes] in terms of making them future proof and reducing our energy uses. As you will see we have put photovoltaic panels on a number of the houses. The energy centre has solar panels and our electricity bill in the first year alone has dropped by 20%. The energy centre which provides all the hot water and central heating from one central point has been future proofed so that if we need to we can add a biomass boiler.” Jenny discussed some of the adaptions the homes at Seashell offer: “The kitchen is an environment that we really want to promote self-help and independence so there are hobs that can rise and fall to enable the young people to get close to the hobs, but in a safe manner.” “There are other adaptions in the home to help multi-sensory impaired young people, so we have gadgets that we can use so that they can independently make a cup of tea but they are notified when the cup is filling up so that they don’t burn themselves. We’ve got tracking systems to help people navigate around the home and all of that has been really carefully thought out regarding the layout of each home.” “For the young people that might require a quieter zone, some spaces have been made into soft rooms and sensory rooms. They are inclusive of a water bed, they’ve got a bubble tube, lots of sensory lights, they have a hoist in there so that people with low mobility can still access [the room].“ Engineering developments continue to make life happier and easier for the students at Seashell. Morson is proud to be involved in this journey with them. 2018 is the Year of Engineering, to find out more about engineering improving lives through technology, apprenticeships and investment visit https://www.morson.com/year-of-engineering. Or, click here for the latest engineering jobs.Find out more
In June 2018, #TeamMorson cyclists successfully completed the gruelling Coast to Coast bike ride for our 2018 charities, Francis House and Mind. Following from last years' ride through the Peak District, the C2C route was chosen to mark the tenth consecutive Morson charity bike ride, the first of which also took place along the same route. The C2C route took our riders from Whitehaven (home to Morson's first ever branch office) on an arduous journey across tough terrain in difficult conditions. The first day saw the riders head for Penrith through the Lake District National Park. The following day, the ride resumed from Penrith and offered by far the most difficult challenge for the team. The route continued North East towards Alston and right into the heart of the North Pennines. There were some incredibly tough climbs on this second day which really tested the teams' mental and physical endurance. After an overnight stay in Durham, the team embarked on the final stretch of their journey, taking them from Parkhead Station, Crawleyside Bank, Stanhope all the way to Tynemouth. This was the shortest of the three days, with all riders completing the leg in just over three hours, with the terrain offering a more forgiving, downhill journey. The riders were aided in their journey by a support crew consisting of two minibuses, one van and two cars. The support crew were on hand at various strategic rest spots along the 140-mile route to provide refreshments and respite for the tired riders, as well as being on hand to rescue any lost or stranded team members. All in all, the ride was a huge success with all cyclists doing themselves proud on what was an incredibly difficult ride, particularly for inexperienced riders. Our donation page is still open here as we continue to raise funds for our chosen charities.Find out more
The annual Morson Salford Triathlon took place this weekend in the stunning setting of Media CityUK. Despite the traditional Manchester rain making it's first appearance in weeks, the adverse weather did little to dampen the spirits of the competitors, making for a fantastic atmosphere down by the Quays. Whilst completing the race is a personal triumph for many, the main purpose of the event is to raise money for the competitors chosen charities. Around 1,000 people took part in the event ranging from experienced triathletes to first timers. The course consisted of a 1,500-metre swim in the waters of Dock 9, a 40km bike ride and finally a 10km run along the Quays waterfront. As well as Morson financial director, Paul Gilmour, one of Morson’s representatives taking part was Head of UK Training at Morson Vital Training, Matthew Leavis, who unfortunately missed out on competing last year. This year he was back to full fitness and looked to raise money for the British Heart Foundation - be sure to watch his progress below. Leavis completed the event in an hour and twenty seven minutes which was a personal best: ‘It’s something I’ve not been able to achieve so far in any of my practice runs, I’m really pleased with how it worked out. Thank you to Morson and everybody for all their support’! Morson CEO Ged Mason offered his thoughts on the occasion: ‘The Salford triathlon has brought a fantastic, annual sporting event to the area which myself and many of the Morson team have, in the past, taken part in’ The event is now a main stay in Morson’s annual calendar and proved to be another resounding success. Congratulations to everybody that took part and for all the money raised for some excellent causes.Find out more