The latest information on Morgan Foundation and related events.
Posted: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:30
The Trinity Trust, a family trust set up by Steve Morgan CBE, has gifted over £200 million to The Morgan Foundation in a move which will benefit thousands of charities and community groups, particularly those helping children and families in desperate need.
The donation marks a new era – and a huge step change – for the charity, which was formed by Steve Morgan in 2001. Since that time it has committed £35 million to good causes in North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire, and North Shropshire, establishing itself as one of the biggest charities in the region. In addition, The Morgan Foundation has distributed 47 specially-adapted smiley buses.
The donation has been made in the form of 42 million shares to The Morgan Foundation, representing 11.36% of the issued share capital of Redrow PLC.
Jane Harris, Administrator of The Morgan Foundation, said "Steve's incredible generosity will mean a huge and profound step-change for The Morgan Foundation.
"Our ethos is based on making a difference and this injection of over £200 million means we will be able to help thousands of more people in need.
"We can also ramp-up the donation of Smiley buses which have made such a positive impact to the disabled and socially isolated in our region.
"I'm also delighted to say we are actively planning some very exciting, and significant, capital projects and we'll be announcing more details soon."
Posted: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:57
A very special children's party was held by the Morgan Foundation at Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire on Sunday 11th December. Over 150 children, many with disabilities or life-changing conditions, travelled from across the region with their families and were treated to an afternoon of fun. The families were invited by a number of organisations and charities funded by The Morgan Foundation, including Newlife, Stick'n'Step, Amy and Friends and Sundowns Wirral.
Steve Morgan, founder and Chairman of The Morgan Foundation, hosted the party. Steve said: "Seeing the children enjoying themselves this afternoon is fantastic. All of them face difficulties and disadvantages on a daily basis. The charities we fund make a real difference to their lives and it's great to have so many of them in one room. For some, being able to come to an event like this is a real occasion and we are delighted to have made it possible."
Super heroes and Disney characters provided entertainment throughout the afternoon, while children from Team Oasis, another charity supported by the Morgan Foundation, put on a show. Other activities included an enchanting story corner, face-painting, balloon modelling and party games. The children also received an early visit from Father Christmas and his Elves.
Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:15
Pupils and staff at Orretts Meadow School in Moreton had something to smile about on Friday when Morgan Foundation trustee Ashley Lewis officially handed over the Morgan Foundation Smiley Bus which has been donated to the school.
This will be used to take pupils to extra curricular and community activities to boost their learning and their independent living skills.
To date 45 Smiley Buses have been donated to eligible organisations across our region. The Morgan Foundation "making a difference"
Posted: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:17
Steve Morgan hosted The Morgan Foundation's fifth charity Golf Day and Gala Dinner at Carden Park on June 10th. The biannual event raised an incredible £420,000 for a mentoring project at this year's nominated charity - The Way ,Wolverhampton Youth Zone. Part of the Onside Youth Zone network, The Way provides an inspiring, safe and affordable place for young people to spend their leisure time.
The Gala Dinner attended by over 250 saw entertainment by Rory Bremner who is patron of the ADHD Foundation, one of the projects supported by The Morgan Foundation. Bremner had the guests in stitches with his fast paced impressions and his unique brand of satire. The Voice finalist, Sasha Simone provided the music and the evening was topped off with rock legend royalty, The Rick Parfitt Junior Band.
Steve Morgan OBE, Chairman of the Morgan said;
"The funds raised this year will go towards The Way Youth Zone's mentoring project, where trained staff help young people, often from disadvantaged and dysfunctional backgrounds, to find a way forward with their lives.
"The Morgan Foundation's aim is to 'make a difference' and I would like to thank all of our golf teams and gala dinner guests for playing their part and helping to make this project a reality."
Impressionist Rory Bremner added,
"The UK needs more people like Steve Morgan, the outstanding philanthropy that The Morgan Foundation is doing makes a real difference in the heart of some of our most deprived communities. The Way Youth Zone provides a much needed safe place for young people in some of the toughest communities and I am proud to have played a very small part in the proceedings tonight."
Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:00
A very special children's party was held at Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire on Sunday 29 November. Over 20 families, who have received essential specialist equipment for their children from Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children with funding provided by the Morgan Foundation, were treated to an afternoon of fun.
In May 2014, the Morgan Foundation Charity Golf Day and Gala Dinner raised a fantastic £455,000 for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Over the past 18 months, the money raised has been used to provide wheelchairs and other urgently needed specialist equipment, to help transform the lives of disabled and terminally ill children and their families across North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire, North Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands.
Steve Morgan, founder and Chairman of the Morgan Foundation, hosted the party which was laid on free of charge by the Carden Park Hotel. Steve said, "Seeing the children enjoying themselves this afternoon is fantastic. Everyone who took part in our golf day or attended the gala dinner has helped to make a real difference to their lives. The partnership between the Morgan Foundation and Newlife has been a great success."
The magical, fun-filled party included a festive disco, an enchanting story corner and a fantastic giant games area, along with face-painting and a Christmas buffet. The children also received an early visit from Father Christmas in the Carden Grotto.
Posted: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:47
The Morgan Foundation has recently awarded funding to Dolly Hall, a former manor house situated on the banks of the river Dovey near Machynlleth. Dolly Hall offers residential accommodation for children and families who may not otherwise have the opportunity for a break in the countryside. It can accommodate up to 26 children in dormitory style accommodation plus carers.
The house is located in large grounds and the area is ideal for outdoor pursuits, climbing, kayaking, hill walking, pony trekking to football games, art, drama, swimming, local history, geography field work, GCSE revision, etc. There is a games room and a fully equipped catering kitchen. The Hall is not staffed during visits and it is self-catering, so groups that go are free to make their own fun - and dinner! We would be delighted to recommend any of our supported organisations for a stay at Dolly Hall. Further information is available on the website www.dollyhall.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the charities we support, Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme, recently made the journey in their new Smiley Bus for a weekend stay.
Stephanie Lawley of CCBS said: "The children and staff had a fantastic time and they are already asking if we can go again. The children loved the pool, ping pong and playing outside in the garden. We loved the kitchen and had some great teas. We brought home 20 very happy but tired children. Dolly hall was great, we felt safe and secure. The children had some freedom but we were also aware of where they were and what they were doing."
Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:30
Based in Allerton, South Liverpool, Beechley Stables Riding for the Disabled offers fun and therapy for people with disabilities of all ages, from 6 years upwards.
In addition to riding lessons, the centre also provides educational programmes and opportunities. Activities are designed to cater for different disabilities and involve both horse riding and horse care.
With only two members of staff, over 60 volunteers help with the horse care, lessons, maintenance, fundraising and administration. It's the only RDA centre in Liverpool and has a long waiting list of potential riders. In order to help reduce this, the Morgan Foundation is funding a new part-time instructor.
Jane Harris went to present them with a Morgan Foundation wall plaque. She met staff, trustees - and not forgetting one of their very important four-legged workers!
Pictured From left to right are: Pauline Wooding, trustee; Sheila Saner, North West Regional Chair, RDA; Jane Harris; Pauline Edge, trustee; Victoria Evans, centre manager; Graham Beasley, groom; Wendy Sanders, instructor (funded by MF); Councillor Erica Kemp.
Posted: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:20
A Chester based charity that provides free support to victims of sexual abuse has been awarded £45,000 by The Morgan Foundation. The grant will help Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service (CSASS) fund a Centre Manager for three years, allowing the Charity to help meet increased demand for its services.
Set up and run mainly by volunteers, CSASS provides services to help victims in Chester and the surrounding area break free from the traumatic effects of sexual abuse. The Charity's recent move to the Bluecoat Building in Northgate Street has improved facilities and accessibility. Ali Pickard of CSASS said: "The impact these funds will make will be immense. We need to expand our services to meet what seems like an ever increasing demand. No one is ever turned away and this support will enable us to increase our capacity to help even more people. "
Vincent Fairclough of the Morgan Foundation, who made the official presentation of the award said: "We recognise how traumatic and long-lasting the effects of sexual abuse can be and it is vital that organisations such as CSASS are there to help people when they need it. The volunteers and staff are committed to this and we are delighted to help fund such a worthwhile Charity."
Posted: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:30
There were smiles all round at Family Tree Wirral as they were presented with an award for £55,880 by Jane Harris, Administrator of The Morgan Foundation. The grant will help fund its Carers' Services Manager for three years, allowing the charity to further develop its projects and support for the carers and family members of people experiencing mental ill-health.
The carers and families of people suffering from severe mental health issues, such as psychosis or schizophrenia, often suffer stress and isolation. Family Tree Wirral, which is based in the Stein Centre at St Catherine's Hospital, Birkenhead, helps combat this by providing social activities, information, counselling, advocacy and training.
Susan Walshe, Chairman of Family Tree Wirral, said: "Obtaining funding for an organisation's infrastructure is never easy, so we are particularly grateful to the Morgan Foundation for their generous support over the next three years. The grant means that we can now consolidate and further develop our services for carers and will allow us to offer support to even more families in Wirral."
Jane Harris said: "Family Tree Wirral provides a very worthwhile service for a group of people who would otherwise find it very difficult to source any form of support and we are delighted to be able to assist them."
Pictured (from left) are Libby Simpson, Paul Etherington and Tony Lawrence of Family Tree Wirral, with Jane Harris.
Posted: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:31
AGRO Cymru CIC, is a group for people in recovery from addiction & mental health issues and run by people in recovery. It offers recovery through support during activities such as, cycling, walking, gardening, carpentry, art and communal meals, etc.
Morgan Foundation trustee Les Nicholls presented a cheque to AGRO on Monday 16th February. The photo shows Les (far right) with Donna Catrin Jones(Co-ordinator), Dave Murray(AGRO Trustee), Huw Harries ( Co-founder). The three year funding will support AGRO services in Anglesey & Gwynedd.