James Kenealey 50 weeks of giving
CHARITY | 3 MIN READ
Morson employees vote for two charities to support in 2020
A children's cancer charity and a Midlands-based charity for the care of children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses won the vote
Morson Group employees have voted for their chosen charity partners of 2020.
Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research is a Salford-based charity that funds and manages research into new and improved treatments for children with cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children in the UK. 25% of children diagnosed won’t make it to their 30th birthday. Many of the children who do survive, suffer life-long, life-limiting side effects caused by the treatments used to cure them.
Kidscan receive no statutory funding, but with the contributions from the public, volunteers and businesses they fund research to develop new treatments that not only cure children with cancer but also prevent the side effects of current treatments such as learning difficulties, mobility issues and infertility.
Acorns Children’s Hospice
With two locations in the Midlands (Walsall and Birmingham) and one in Worcester, Acorns Children’s Hospice provides babies, children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who have life limiting or life-threatening conditions and associated complex needs with a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support.
Acorns provide a holistic service which meets the needs of both the children and their families, including the bereaved. This includes short break provision; emergency and end of life care; therapeutic and psychosocial support; sibling services and family support. In the past year, Acorns have supported 787 children and 1,223 family members across the organisation, including those who have been bereaved.
In 2019 the charity ran into funding difficulties and require a target of £2 million to keep its Walsall branch open until at least March 2020.
In 2019, Morson had a record year of fundraising for employee-chosen charities Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. As an addition to this, we embarked on a ’50 Weeks of Giving’ campaign to celebrate 50 years in business. We donated to 50 local organisations, ranging from homeless shelters to hospitals, to the total of £50,000.