James Kenealey 50 weeks
CHARITY | 3 MIN READ
Morson London split £1,000 between nine charities
Employees nominated charities with personal significance to recieve the donations
Morson provided one of our London branches, located at Southwark Street, £1,000 to distribute between several charities close to the hearts of employees. This forms part of a larger campaign throughout the year in which each branch of the Morson Group has been given a set amount of money to donate to local charities.
Jay Dassrath elected to donate £200 to the Neuromuscular Disease Foundation for research towards GNE myopathy, a very rare genetic condition for which there is no known cure that causes muscles in the arms and legs to become increasingly weak and waste away.
The C9 Addenbrookes Cancer Charity is a trust based in Cambridge. Morson’s Lee Walker has a personal connection with the charity with them looking after his daughter over the past three years. He elected to donate £200 to the organisation in support of their work.
In 2013, Russell Kimble was diagnosed with Necrotising Fasciitis which led to sepsis, a severely life threatening condition. He pulled through, but suffers from PTSD as a result and has spent time working very closely with the Sepsis Trust, volunteering and teaching nursing staff about mental trauma. £200 was donated to this charity and the money will go towards investing in more counsellors, physiotherapists and mental heath experts.
The final £200 donation was made to Guy’s and St Thomas Cancer Charity. An independent charitable foundation, it works with the NHS Foundation Trust to provide support for people with cancer. Ollie Egbeyemi’s mother was diagnosed with the brain cancer Glioblastoma, and the charity provided aftercare and treatment for her post-surgery.
Phil Johnson nominated St Christopher’s Hospice, who looked after his terminally ill father. The charity, based in London, were the beneficiaries of a £50 donation.
Another similar charity who benefitted from a £50 donation was Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, who looked after Mat Owen’s mother in law during her final few weeks before passing away. The hospice relies heavily on donations to continue their work.
British Heart Foundation also received £50. The father of Morson’s Grant Evans underwent a successful unexpected triple heart bypass in 2018.
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a very rare terminal lung disease predominantly effecting women in their child-bearing years. For every one million women, approximately seven will get diagnosed with the illness, for which there currently is no known cure. LAM Action is a charity that supports patients with the illness, and benefitted from a £50 donation from Oliver Wingrave, whose sister lives with the illness.
The final £50 donation was made to The Albany Taxi Charity, started in 1972 by a group of London Licensed Taxi Drivers with the aim of taking some special needs children for a day out at the seaside. It continues to run, and Dave Nicholas nominated them for a donation.
Morson’s 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 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.
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.