Friday, 24 May 2024
Friday, 24 May 2024

Morrisons raise over £2.6m for local children’s hospices in first year of charity partnership

IMPORTANT news for families caring for a seriously ill child and children’s hospices as Morrisons announce they have reached over £2.6 million in the first year of their partnership with charity partner Together for Short Lives. 

The charity Together for Short Lives supports the UK’s children’s hospices and families facing the heartbreak that their child will die young. Together with Morrisons, they are raising vital funds for children’s hospices across the country, helping families make precious memories, and reaching even more families caring for a seriously ill child.

Families like Emily’s whose little girl Amelia was diagnosed with a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder that means she will have a short life. Emily has been supported by her local children’s hospice, Keech Hospice Care and was thrilled to hear the news that Morrisons has raised over £2.6 million for their charity partner Together for Short Lives.

Emily said: 

“Thank you to Morrisons colleagues and customers for raising this incredible amount of money. It will help Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices across the country continue to be a lifeline to families like mine.”

Morrisons customers and suppliers have supported the charity through cash donations in-store and online, and by purchasing products involved in the supermarket’s biggest ‘Every Pack Gives Back’ initiative to date raising £878,058 alone.

Colleagues at Morrisons stores across the country have also been raising vital funds in many different ways, from in-store fundraisers, sky-dives, treks, marathons and raffles. Many of the activities have been match funded by the Morrisons Foundation which supports colleagues in raising money for charities including Together for Short Lives. The money raised so far can help pay for:

  • 1,608 families to have respite care at their local hospice, giving them time together as a family
  • 9 multi-sensory rooms, equipped with fibre optics, mirrors, lights and bubble tubes so that children can have a special sensory play experience
  • 129 seriously ill children have a special day out to make precious memories
  • 4 Community Support Workers to reach thousands more families that need essential care and help
  • 400 families to benefit from the Together for Short Lives Cost of Living Support Fund, to help ease the burden of families’ rising bills and keep life-sustaining equipment running.

Morrisons hopes to raise £10 million for the partnership by October 2024 so every family caring for a seriously ill child gets the support they need.

Together for Short Lives CEO, Andy Fletcher said: 

“We’re so thankful to Morrisons colleagues, customers and suppliers for their incredible fundraising efforts in the first year of our partnership! Thanks to your fundraising, Together for Short Lives can make a lasting difference in the lives of families cared for by your local children’s hospice, and help families treasure every moment they have together.”

Morrisons CEO, David Potts said:  

“We’re delighted to have raised over £2.6 million in the first year of our partnership with Together for Short Lives. Our colleagues and customers have gone above and beyond to raise vital funds for local children’s hospices so that they can continue to provide vital support to families caring for their seriously ill child.”

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