James Kenealey 50 weeks of giving
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Morson donates to charity that helped save employees life
50 Weeks Of Giving celebrates Morson's 50th anniversary in business
To mark the 7th week of our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ initiative, we have donated £1,000 to New Start Charity based at Wythenshawe Hospital.
The charity dates back to 1986, when it was announced that Wythenshawe was to become the fourth UK Heart Transplant centre. The local health authority wouldn’t permit the first operation until the cost of the first five operations - £100,000 - had been raised from voluntary contributions. As a result, New Heart New Start was set up and the first transplant went ahead in April 1987.
After bridging the gap in funding for several more years and for over 50 heart transplant operations, the Department of Health took over the funding in 1989.
Since then, the organisation has worked to further support the programme, branching into lung transplants too.
Morson’s Mark Aizlewood presented the cheque to the charity. He himself benefitted from a heart transplant at the hospital several years ago. He commented:
“The New Start charity provide invaluable support and equipment to aid the safe and successful transplantation of hearts and lungs to individuals who would otherwise die without the operation. I myself am alive today partly due to some of the equipment Wythenshawe Heart Transplant unit only had available because it was funded by the New Start charity. Effectively the charity support the 2nd chances given to men and women literally providing them with a New Start in life.”
Our 50 Weeks of Giving program will be in addition to the 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, Destination Florida, Salford University, Alzheimer's Society and MIND.
Further celebratory plans throughout the year will bring together Morson’s sporting ambassadors; from the horse racing world, ex-Manchester United players, to former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and Sale Sharks rugby club.