A charity dedicated to eradicating type 1 diabetes has said the support of the Steve Morgan Foundation is changing lives.

The Foundation is the biggest donor in the history of JDRF having given £7m, including £3m in Community Match Challenge funding.

As well as funding life-changing research it’s helped the charity deal with a £2m shortfall in its fundraising caused by Covid-19.

The Steve Morgan Foundation’s association with JDRF began after Sally Morgan’s son Hugo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was seven.

JDRF’s spokesperson Allan Sutherland said: “Finding a cure for type 1 diabetes is just a matter of time and the Foundation’s continued investment in our research is bringing us one step closer to this, enabling us to accelerate vital clinical trials and boost our research portfolio.

“In addition to funding our life-changing type 1 research, we have been fortunate to receive a significant grant through the Community Match Challenge Fund, in collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

“It has been a lifeline at a time of great uncertainty for the future of the organisation, our research and community engagement work.

“It is allowing JDRF to recover from the financial impact of the pandemic, protecting the organisation and our staff in the short to medium term.

“It is also providing a unique opportunity for us to rise through the unprecedented challenges we face during the pandemic – it enables us to adapt and grow so we can respond to the changing needs of people with type 1 diabetes.”

JDRF was founded in the US in 1970 and opened in the UK in 1986.

Type 1 diabetes is where your immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells. When the body isn’t able to produce its own insulin, the level of glucose in your body becomes too high and requires regular doses of insulin to be injected.

Currently, scientists think that type 1 diabetes is caused by a combination of your genes and other, non-genetic factors.

Even in identical twins, who share the same DNA, one twin may develop type 1 and the other may not.

Type 1 diabetes can affect anyone, at any age, and it is not caused by poor diet or an unhealthy lifestyle.

Around 90 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes have no family history of the condition.

Allan Sutherland said a significant amount of the £7m received from the Steve Morgan Foundation had been spent on vital research.

 £4m of the funding is being spent directly on medical research to help people with type 1 to better manage their condition until we find a cure,” he said.

“The Steve Morgan Foundation funding has enabled research into how people with diabetes can avoid low blood glucose levels (known as hypoglycaemia or hypos) which can lead to complications.”

The remaining £3m is being spent on advocacy and information support on behalf of people with type 1, with a particular focus on the impact of Covid-19.

As part of this programme, digital resources and data systems are being improved to provide a more personalised engagement for people with type 1.

Core organisational costs are also being covered which helps to focus fundraising effort on providing funds for type 1 research.

Allan Sutherland said Covid-19 had left a ‘huge hole’ in the charity’s ability to raise money.

“Lockdowns and social distancing have led to the cancellation or postponement of in-person fundraising events, such as marathons, cycles and walks, which has deeply affected the way we raise funds,” he said. “In the last 12 months alone, Covid-19 has impacted our fundraised income by £2m.”

He described the charity’s partnership with the Steve Morgan Foundation as ‘transformational’.

“Through their personal experience of type 1 diabetes, Steve and Sally Morgan are also helping JDRF to raise awareness of the condition and empower thousands of people to be freer from the demands of their condition,” said Allan.

“Working in partnership with an influential family who also understand the impact of type 1 diabetes has been a fantastic way to reach even more people and make a greater impact.

“The support we have received from the Steve Morgan Foundation has been truly extraordinary and we are extremely grateful to Steve and Sally for their continued interest and commitment in our work.”

Sally Morgan said: “Hugo’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes when he was seven was a bolt out of the blue. Anybody who is aware of type 1 diabetes will know it is a 24/7 365 day-a-year constant challenge.

“It is the only condition where the medication that keeps you alive can also kill you if it’s not administered properly.

“Having type 1 diabetes does not limit Hugo at all but it’s a life-long condition and the hope is that JDRF will find a cure.”


A brand-new Maggie’s Centre in Wirral is set to start helping its first cancer patients from early spring 2021.

Maggie’s Merseyside is being built within the grounds of Clatterbridge Health Park and will support people living with cancer across Wirral, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

The Steve Morgan Foundation is building Maggie’s Merseyside and a new Maggie’s at the Royal Liverpool Hospital at a cost of more than £5m.

The Steve Morgan Foundation is a long-term supporter of Maggie’s having committed more than £8m to the charity including £3m in 2020 from the Community Match Challenge Fund alongside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Kathy Wright, centre head of Maggie’s Merseyside, said: “Building work on Maggie’s Merseyside has continued to develop well despite the challenges of the current pandemic and we hope to be providing support from our new centre in the spring 2021. 

“The builders are Carroll Ltd and they’ve shown dedication and enthusiasm to ensure our centre progresses and we’ve had ongoing communication with both them and the Steve Morgan Foundation throughout.

“The new centre is much bigger than the current facility so will enable us to provide much more support to more people.

“Everyone is really excited about the opening of Maggie’s Merseyside.  It will be wonderful to have a permanent centre here on the Wirral.  We’re all extremely excited as we  wait for the moment we can start supporting people from the new centre. 

“The centre visitors, local hospital teams and the community are eager to access the new facilities as well as receiving support in the surroundings of a truly uplifting and inspiration building.”

All the Maggie’s centres are based alongside NHS hospitals and provide free support without the need for an appointment or a referral.

They’re run by expert staff who help people live well with cancer.  

During the pandemic Maggie’s centres have remained open to see people by appointment and limited drop-ins for those who are visiting hospitals, while following all guidelines.

The architecture of the Maggie’s building is vital and has been designed to feel like a home from home rather than like a hospital with a kitchen table at the heart.

The existing interim facility at Clatterbridge, which will be replaced by the new building, was built in 2014 for 3,000 visits a year but has been attracting more than 17,000 as demand has soared. 

Kathy said: “The new purpose-built centre will provide more space, which means when possible our professional staff will be able to deliver more of core programme, courses and support groups.  

“There are 18,000 new cancer diagnoses every year in Merseyside and Cheshire alone, Maggie’s Merseyside is hoping to be everyone’s home of cancer care across Wirral, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales, not only for the new diagnoses but for people living with and beyond cancer, along with their friends and families.”

Maggie’s Merseyside is being built in the same way as all 24 Maggie’s across the UK and the three abroad.  

Kathy said the support of the Steve Morgan Foundation has been critical.

“Our partnership with the Steve Morgan Foundation is hugely important,” she said. “Their support is allowing us to build two brand new Maggie’s centres in Merseyside, the first to replace the much used and much loved Maggie’s Merseyside interim centre on the grounds of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Wirral site and the second to be developed on the grounds of the New Royal Liverpool Hospital in the city centre, ensuring our support can reach as many people as possible.

“However, we are also incredibly grateful for the £3m from the Community Match Challenge Fund as this has allowed us to ensure people across England have the psychological support, they need now more than ever.” 

Steve Morgan CBE, chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, and his wife Sally attended a socially-distanced topping out ceremony at the centre in September.

He said: “I’m really excited by the opening of the new centre and our involvement goes far beyond funding. We’ve also been responsible for the planning, design and construction, which is very unusual for a Foundation.”

A second Maggie’s centre funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation will be built in the grounds of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital in the city centre and it’s hoped construction work can begin in 2022.

59 days. That’s all the time it took for the Steve Morgan Foundation to completely allocate the £20m Community Match Challenge Fund.

The fund consisted of £10m from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and £10m in match-funding by Steve Morgan. 

The £10m from the DCMS came from a £85m Community Match Challenge Fund and formed part of the Government’s £750m support package to support charities impacted by Covid-19.

Steve Morgan CBE, chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “I’m really proud of Foundation’s work in the last two months, which has meant we’ve been able to distribute £20m of match-funding with the DCMS to more than 125 charities, predominately in the North West.  

“These were charities that were desperately in need of funding. The team worked hard to get the money out in such a short space of time. I’m very proud.”

It’s estimated that the Community Match Challenge Fund has benefited more than 850,000 people.

The charities to receive awards include cancer support  organisation Maggie’s, type 1 diabetes charity JDRF UK and Stick ‘n’ Step, which has been helping children with cerebral palsy for nearly 20 years.

Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, which opened its doors in Liverpool in 1947, is another one of those to benefit.

The organisation provides a broad range of services, including two youth clubs, pensioner yoga groups and awareness raising in areas such as social media and knife crime.

Centre manager Keith Lloyd said: “The match-funding has enabled us to continue to provide emergency support to children, young people, vulnerable families and the elderly in Bootle, who have been disproportionately affected by Covid.  

“We were going to have to stop providing this support at the end of October but now can continue over the winter months and Christmas up until March 2021, which gives our community a reassurance that this weekly support will be there during the winter months.  

“The funding will also enable us to kickstart a programme of wellbeing and early intervention work in support of our children and young people and address some of the impact Covid has had on our community.  

“Without this funding this would not have been able to happen and will support our community to become more resilient again.”

Blackburne House, which supports vulnerable women in Liverpool, has also benefited from the Community Match Challenge Fund.

Executive director of operations Andrea Rushton said the grant will be transformational. “We will scale up our counselling and wellness provision to support 465 women over two years,” she said. “We offer a trauma informed reactive and responsive service.  

“We will be able to provide our service to many more women over the coming two years and provide them with connection, support and strategies that will help them through times of crises.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation has given out a record-breaking £27m to hundreds of charities in 2020 and helped more than 2.2 million people in the process.

The money includes over £6m handed out as part of the Covid-19 Emergency Fund and the £20m Community Match Challenge Fund with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

The Steve Morgan Foundation has also committed to build Maggie’s Merseyside and a new Maggie’s at the Royal Liverpool Hospital at a cost of more than £5m.

Steve Morgan CBE, chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said 2020 was a year that nobody would ever forget.

“Covid-19 has a had a devastating impact on the world but I’m proud of the way that the Steve Morgan Foundation responded,” he said.

“The pandemic was always going to hit the vulnerable first because of the impact it had on the ability of charities to raise money,” he said.

“Our initial Covid-19 Emergency Fund swung into action in a matter of days, making more than 600 awards and directly helping more than 1.4m people across Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire.”

As soon as that finished it was replaced with a £20m Community Match Challenge Fund, which saw Morgan match-fund a £10m award from the DCMS to help keep hundreds of charities open.

The full £20m included £3m to the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF UK and £3m to cancer support charity Maggie’s and was allocated within 59 days and directly benefited another 850,000 people.

The Steve Morgan Foundation was founded in 2001 and the previous highest amount awarded in a single year was £10m.

Morgan said: “£27m is a huge sum of money but the 2.2 million people directly benefited is even more significant.

“These include people suffering from social isolation, loneliness, mental illness, cancer and the victims of domestic violence.

“Charities couldn’t afford to wait months for an award so our team turned applications around and got the money paid into charity bank account in a matter of days.

“We’ve made a real difference in 2020 and will continue in 2021 in the year or our 20th anniversary.”

Morgan also pledged up to another £1m in match-funding to Cheshire Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Response Fund and paid for 45 Enabled grants for people in need of specialist equipment and eight new Smiley Buses.

Philanthropist Steve Morgan, who has given over £27m this year to charities impacted by Covid-19, has spoken out about having the virus himself.

The founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation has decided to share his experience of coronavirus because he says people can’t afford to be complacent now that a vaccine roll-out is imminent.

Morgan, 67, said: “We read a lot about people having the virus and being asymptomatic. I’m not here to scare people but that definitely wasn’t my experience.

“I lost 10lbs in weight, lost all my energy and was tired all the time. I was surprised at how badly it hit me.

“Having Covid definitely gives you a new perspective. As we approach Christmas people can’t afford to be complacent about catching it.”

The founder of housebuilder Redrow and his wife Sally were diagnosed in early November but have no idea how they caught the virus.

He said: “I’ll be honest, when I was diagnosed I thought ‘I’m a tough lad so let’s get on with it’. I consider myself to be a fit guy but Covid knocked me for six.

“Thankfully Sally had it milder than I did.  What I didn’t realise at the time was that all the research shows that statistically it hits men harder than women and that was our experience.

“I completely lost my appetite and couldn’t eat a thing. I lost 10lbs in weight. The big thing for me was the tiredness. I had no energy or motivation. I kept sleeping. My experience really brought Covid home to me.

“I hope by speaking out it will remind people that the best way of dealing with Covid-19 is not to catch it in the first place.”

Earlier this year Morgan launched the Covid-19 Emergency Fund and gave out £7m to support charities working with vulnerable people that have been affected by Covid.

The Steve Morgan Foundation partnered with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in October to help hundreds of charities stay open and have allocated £20m to 125 charities in just 59 days.

Morgan said: “There is still much more work to be done. As well as the impact Covid is having on health it’s decimating business especially in the hospitality sector. A lot of small businesses won’t survive.”

  • The photo of Steve Morgan that accompanies this story was taken the day after he was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Three organisations in Liverpool are celebrating after receiving more than £362,000 in grants from the Community Match Challenge Fund. 

TARGET Football, Liverpool Lighthouse and Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC are among 117 successful applications to the funded.

The Steve Morgan Foundation has been tasked with administering the £20m Community Match Challenge Fund and has so far allocated £19.7m.

The fund consists of £10m from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and £10m in match-funding by Steve Morgan.

The £10m from the DCMS came from a new £85m Community Match Challenge Fund and is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities.

TARGET Football has been awarded £248,000 and say the money will be transformational. 

Launched in Toxteth in 2010 by Paul Hurford and Reg Standish it uses football to develop transferrable skills through employment, education and training.

The grant will be used to buy equipment and pay for the installation of three 3G pitches at its Stany Fields site. The 3G pitches constitute capital expenditure and are covered by the Steve Morgan Foundation portion of the grant. 

Paul said the improvements will revitalise a community asset and reduce problems of anti-social behaviour in the area. “We exist to improve and enhance the lives of people living in Toxteth and the surrounding areas,” he said.

“TARGET Football is pivotal to the recovery of the local community. The Covid-19 pandemic has unearthed community spirit and citizenship in our communities, we will play our role in harnessing this, working with our membership and local people to recover and rebuild.”

Liverpool Lighthouse is an arts community centre in Liverpool and has been awarded £68,600 by the Community Match Challenge Fund. 

It was established in 1998 in Anfield to reduce social isolation, increase community cohesion and help people develop skills and provide opportunities to engage with the arts.  

In normal times the group would work closely with around 750 people each year providing activities for young people, families, older people, refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.  

Liverpool Lighthouse typically attracts 15,000 visitors a year to high quality arts performances and shows as well as community celebrations and events.  

Following the £68,600 grant from the Community Match Challenge Fund they’re about to embark on two major programmes.  

The first provides food and support for families in crisis. Spokesperson Helen Brown said: “We currently provide food, toiletries and essential items to over 200 people each month who are struggling with financial crisis.  

“We want to address food poverty in more long-term ways so we will also be providing a ‘vegetable van’ providing free fresh fruit and vegetables to streets in some of the highest areas of deprivation in North Liverpool, video tutorials to help people learn how to cook with fresh food and hot meals delivered to the elderly and people with disabilities who are at risk for malnutrition.  

“In addition, we will continue to offer phone line support to signpost people to advice for issues round debt and employment. We also offer free professional counselling for those struggling with mental health.”  

The second programme will provide activities and one-to-one support for disadvantaged young people isolated by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Helen said: “Studies show that young people’s mental health has been hit hardest by the crisis, so we are developing services to help young people struggling with mental health and to build mental health resilience in vulnerable young people. 

“The Community Match Challenge Fund will mean that we are able to continue these vital programmes until March 2022, providing us with the financial security that will mean we can focus on running the programmes instead of worrying about where the funding will come from.  

“It provides us the vital lifeline and capacity to employ dedicated staff instead of pulling staff from other programmes we run to fill gaps. With it, we will be able to expand the support we offer to benefit even more people.” 

Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC provides emergency accommodation for homeless youngsters and has been awarded £46,665 from the Community Match Challenge Fund. 

Based in Widnes it is part of Liverpool City Region and  helps vulnerable people and communities. 

NCNW offers a wide range of services including gender-specific ‘Ladies First’ and ‘Funda-MEN-tals’ support groups providing dedicated courses for vulnerable women/men aged 18 and above. 

They also deliver a Syrian Refugee Ladies Group focusing on breaking the language barrier, building their confidence and allowing them to feel safe and secure in an environment where they can better integrate into their local community.  

The group’s development manager Tracy Tilston said the £46,665 grant would help them respond to the increase in demand for mental health support linked to Covid-19. 

Users have spoken of feelings of loneliness, isolation, despair, anxiety, depression and rising stress levels. 

Tracy said: “The Community Match Challenge Fund grant that NCNW received allowed us to continue to employ mental health staff to provide the excellent, outstanding therapeutic services within the local communities in which we are established and based in.   

“It ensures that everyone can receive mental health support, when both them and the entire country is in need of it most, through the uncertain times that have been brought about from the pandemic.” 

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “TARGET Football, Liverpool Lighthouse and Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC are three groups all committed to helping vulnerable people across Liverpool City Region.  

“A lot of their users are young people who have been particularly impacted by Covid-19, especially around mental health. That’s why these awards are so important.”

A Cheshire charity that assists children from some of the most disadvantaged areas of Ellesmere Port, Chester and Winsford has been awarded £300,000 by the Community Match Challenge Fund.

Passion for Learning is a volunteer organisation, working to support children who are experiencing disadvantage or challenge in their lives. 

In normal times, their work is delivered in schools through 1:1 volunteer-led sessions which are tailored around the specific needs and interests of the child.

Viv Couche is the trustee and development manager for the charity and said the £300,000 would fund a number of exciting initiatives.

From large gazebos to facilitate outdoor learning to training up a member of the team as a forest school practitioner, we have ambitious plans for the grant,” she said.

“We will be allocating some of the grant to fund theatre practitioners for drama-based sessions which build the children’s literacy skills, numeracy, confidence and resilience. 

“Alongside this work, we will be using some of the grant funding to recruit and train Passion for Learning volunteers to meet the ever-increasing level of support needed across our region. 

“Some of the grant is earmarked for developing digital skills to benefit children and volunteers while the effects of the pandemic remain so challenging.”

Passion for Learning is also appointing Sue Hughes as education development manager to develop home learning and mitigate the impacts from lost learning due to the pandemic.

Viv added: “Lastly, Passion for Learning has allocated some funding to a project which connects children with residents from their local care homes, using literacy development to tackle social isolation and build community bonds.”

She said the role of Passion for Learning has never been more important because of the impact of Covid-19. 

“We recognise the huge impact the pandemic has had on our region and want to do all that we can to make a difference for the families who need this the most,” said Viv. 

“When schools were closed, many families struggled with the basics to help their children learn effectively at home and our work was dedicated to providing the practical resources to make this possible. 

“In the coming months, we have an ambitious number of projects to address the worst effects of the pandemic from the perspective of children’s learning and wellbeing.

Our local communities are among some of the hardest hit in the country and as a team, we are dedicated to doing all that we can to make a difference for those that need it most.”

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “The role of Passion for Learning is absolutely vital in giving opportunities to disadvantaged young people.

“The pandemic made a difficult situation even worse and the £300,000 will help the charity change the lives of those communities most in need of help.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation and has been tasked with administering the £20m Community Match Challenge Fund and has so allocated £19.7m.

The fund consists of £10m from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and £10m in match-funding by Steve Morgan.

The £10m from the DCMS came from a new £85m Community Match Challenge Fund and is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities.

A generation of primary school children face being ‘lost’ from the education system because of the harm Covid-19 has had on their lives.

That’s the conclusion of The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation in Warrington, which is working with schools across Liverpool City Region to tackle the impact the six-month lockdown has had on children as young as nine and ten.

The organisation, which was set up after the deaths of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the IRA bombing in Warrington town centre in March 1993, has been awarded £146,950 by the Steve Morgan Foundation from the Community Match Challenge Fund to help affected youngsters.

One of the schools taking part is The Trinity Catholic Primary School in Vauxhall, Liverpool, which worked with the Peace Foundation in 2019 to tackle problem behaviour in the playground.

Headteacher Rebecca Flynn said being away from school for six months during Covid-19 removed important structure from children’s lives.

She said she first noticed a problem a few weeks after pupils returned in September when the euphoria of seeing their friends began to wear off and some of them became disruptive.

“The behaviours the children are showing are a manifestation of their grief, their anxieties and their frustrations,” she said. 

“These heightened behaviours became much more apparent when Liverpool’s Covid rates started to rise uncontrollably. 

“Children became frightened as it seemed to hit Liverpool much harder this time around. This time they knew people who had tested positive, became very sick and died. These people were members of their family, neighbours, teachers and friends. It is/was very frightening for us as adults so to a child, their fears must be amplified 100-fold.

“During the first lockdown, like many schools around the country, we saw our safeguarding referrals increase and more evidence of children witnessing domestic abuse in homes.

“These children need an outlet for their fears, anger and bewilderment and, as school is a safe place, they feel safe in letting out their emotions. Sometimes their outlet can be inappropriate and that is where the Peace Foundation comes in.

“Throughout the lockdown many of our children only communicated with each other via online game platforms and when they got angry or upset with their friend they could just put their controller down and walk away. 

“They can’t do that now we are back at school.  If they get upset with a friend then they have to deal with it face-to-face and that’s so hard for them – communication skills have definitely regressed as a consequence of the lockdown.

“I am confident that this programme, which recognises that children have suffered trauma as a direct result of Covid, will be just as instrumental in supporting the children in finding a healthy way to express their fears and concerns – and it’s only when we have done that that we can really begin to recover.”

Peace Foundation chief executive Nick Taylor said they became aware of the problem when their field workers identified psychological issues in nine and ten-year-old children linked to the pandemic.

“This age is showing adverse behaviour and that behaviour is such that they could face exclusion from mainstream education without intervention,” he said. 

“Educational attainment was already a challenge across Liverpool City Region and the pandemic has exacerbated that. These are the children who rely on education to give them the structure and support they need. It’s not just education that they missed but their entire social and friendship structure as well.”

Nick said the impact of Covid-19 in primary school pupils has often been overlooked.  

“We’ve been talking about the effect of Covid-19 on teenagers going through their A-Levels or GCSEs but we’re missing the impact in the lower age groups,” he said. “We’re finding a high level of fear and uncertainty. 

“It’s in the inner cities and hard-to-reach areas that we’re finding the impact is at its worst. The children lost the stability that education provided during the pandemic.”

He said the £146,950 grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation will fund their two-year ‘Steps for Peace’ programme. Initially it will focus on Liverpool City Region but could be expanded across the North West.

“We need to identify the most critically affected schools to find out which schools are hurting the most,” said Nick. 

“Our ‘Steps for Peace’ programme will look at how youngsters are handling things like friendships, compassion and the family dynamics.

“We’ll then identify these youngsters at most risk and at that stage we’ll look at working on a one-to-one basis. We may need some family intervention.

“The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation is 25 years old and this is one of the biggest developments in our history. It’s for organisations like ours to get stuck in. Our future generations depend on getting this right.”

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “Covid-19 represents a mental health timebomb and I’ve been extremely concerned about the impact of the pandemic on young people. 

“We’re long-term supporters of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation and I’m really worried about the devastating impact of Covid on pupils of primary school age. 

“Without intervention they could be the lost  generation and we can’t allow that to happen.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation has been tasked with allocating the £20m Community Match Challenge Fund.

The fund consists of £10m from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and £10m in match-funding by Steve Morgan.

The £10m from the DCMS came from a new £85m Community Match Challenge Fund and is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities.

Any school wanting to get involved in the ‘Steps for Peace’  programme should email nick.taylor@peace-foundation.org.uk


The LFC Foundation has secured a substantial £2.6m in funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to help expand its community programmes across the Liverpool City Region.

The funding will enable the Reds’ official charity to reach more children and young people in high need communities and focus on key services to help support the city’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

It will also support the establishment of six new LFC Foundation Community Wellbeing Hubs, all of which will be based at existing community venues operated by partner community organisations in Anfield, Kirkby Toxteth, Bootle, Birkenhead, and Speke by the end of January 2021. 

The hubs will provide a wide range of LFC Foundation community programmes and services providing a broad offering to children, young people and their families.

The hubs will also help to break down barriers that some members of the community experience accessing programmes, such as proximity and the cost of travel. 

The Foundation will expand its successful Premier League programme Kicks and employability provision ‘Works,’ as well as its inclusion and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) school programmes, which will provide a range of free and  inclusive sessions to over 4,000 participants. The expansion also allows the LFC Foundation to deliver specialist inclusion sports sessions in every SEND school across Merseyside.

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “To receive this level of support from both the Steve Morgan Foundation and the DCMS is amazing. This will enable us to deliver more programmes in the heart of communities across the Liverpool City Region.

“The Steve Morgan Foundation is already one of the biggest providers of grant funding to community groups and charities in the region and this round of funding will take that up to an even greater level. 

“This funding will not only be directly supporting thousands of young people and their families through delivery of our programmes but also a minimum of six community-based venues who in turn support many more people in the communities in which they are based.”

The funding is part of the Government’s £750m package for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and its Community Match Challenge, which invites philanthropists, foundations and grant making organisations to put forward new funding with a generous offer to match funds raised on a pound for pound basis.

Debbie Wright, Chief Executive, Tiber Football Centre, added: “We are delighted that the LFC Foundation are able to provide additional support and deliver more of their programmes at the Tiber. We want to ensure our local community have opportunities right on their doorstep”

Steve Morgan, Founder and Chairman of Steve Morgan Foundation said: “The Foundation is proud to have been awarded £10 million of government funding, which the Foundation is matching pound for pound to support charities and not for profit organisations to continue delivering essential services in the face of the pandemic. Our team is working flat out to ensure that we target those organisations working at grassroots level in the heart of our communities.”

Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran said: “Liverpool FC and its Foundation give so much back to the local community and it’s a privilege to support their work with vulnerable children and families.

“I’m delighted that through our partnership with the Steve Morgan Foundation, part of the £750 million support package we have delivered for charities, we can help make a difference in Liverpool.”

A charity which helps children living with life-limiting illnesses to make memories with their loved ones has taken on its first member of staff thanks to the Community Match Challenge Fund.

JUMP is registered in Warrington and has supported more than 1,000 beneficiaries since it was founded in 2004. 

Its photo and video memory support service is at the heart of what it does, with professional photography sessions being delivered to its beneficiaries, culminating in keepsake memory books and films to cherish. 

The charity has just been awarded £55,954 by the Community Match Challenge Fund which has enabled them to pay for their first member of staff with the recruitment of Charlie Hunter as the community development manager.

Charlie has been tasked with bringing JUMP’s five-year strategic plan to life. 

The grant will also be used to deliver the charity’s brand new digital support programme of events, including art and music therapy and counselling support.

Charlie said: “Many of the families we support live very isolated lives. With their daily routines being centric to the healthcare needs of their child, life can be extremely tough. 

“Covid-19 means JUMP families need support now more than ever. Many families have spent months shielding and they’ve told us that this funding will provide them with much-needed support. 

“The funding will allow us to tackle isolation, it will give us the opportunity to improve mental and physical wellbeing and it will afford us the chance to maintain important relationships with the children and families we’re so passionate about.”

One of the young people helped by JUMP is Layton Robinson-Bancroft, who was diagnosed in 2015 with a genetic condition called Mitochondrial disease Type 1. He has since then been diagnosed with other conditions including  a blood disorder called von Willebrand  disease and epilepsy.

Layton and his family have been receiving support from JUMP since 2019. Layton and his two younger siblings, Tillie and Logan have attended lots of the digital children’s entertainment events hosted throughout the pandemic.

Charlie said: “We know that this funding will allow us to support Layton and his family, in a much more impactful way and that it will genuinely make a positive difference to this family’s day-to-day life. 

“Being able to have something to look forward to and feel a part of is empowering and Layton is so deserving of those opportunities. Thank you for making this a reality, thank you for being the difference.” 

A support group which helps men struggling with their mental health says a £114,136 grant from the Community Match Challenge Fund will save lives.

JourneyMEN is the brainchild of former Wirral policeman Phil Roberts and officially opened its doors on April 7, 2020.

It was during his work as a policeman that he realised there was a huge gap in provision for men in mental distress, which often had tragic consequences.

The Birkenhead-based group provides an early intervention service and a ‘one stop shop’ to support men’s mental health.

Services and activities provided include weekly ‘walk & talk’ sessions around Hamilton Square Gardens in Birkenhead, sea fishing trips at our historic River Mersey and ‘floating counselling’ on board the Potential narrowboat along the Shropshire Union Canal.

The £114,136 grant from the Community Match Challenge Fund will be used to cover their core costs to enable them to continue growing their case load.

Radio host Pauline Daniels (pictured) recently become the lates JourneyMEN ambassador. 

Press officer Harry Leahey said: “The grant will increase JourneyMEN’s ability to provide an ambitious service that will make a real difference in the community.  It helps us in our intervention work, saving lives and improving wellbeing and overall life chances.

“To date, we have responded to some 160 men across the region needing our help. The fund enables us to continue that help to them and their families as well as expanding such support to more men each month.

“Our physical office presence continues to be maintained throughout, and we deploy all means of digital and telephone communications to ensure that ‘our men’ still have their weekly contact with one of our workers.  

“As more agencies closed their doors both during the first and in the run up to the current lockdown, we find more men and their families are turning to us for support. In October alone we had a spike in the number of men registering with us and we anticipate much the same in November.”

A children’s outdoor activity centre has been saved after being awarded £147,697 from the Community Match Challenge Fund.

The Barnstondale Centre is based on the Wirral Peninsula and offers a range of year-round indoor and outdoor activities to boost young people’s confidence, self-esteem and life skills.

The charity has been accommodating visitors for more than 60 years and hosted 6,302 visitors in 2019 alone. For many of the visitors it’s their first experience of the outdoors and their only holiday or respite of the year.

However the centre was facing an uncertain future until the Community Match Challenge Fund stepped in.

Asked what the £147,697 meant for the facility, centre manager Jon Muspratt said: “In short, the survival of our charity. The money will enable us to continue trading in the short-term and retain most of our staff. 

“There are estimated to be over 80,000 children living in poverty in the Liverpool City Region – that’s one in five children – so it is vital that the facilities Barnstondale offers these communities is preserved. 

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we can all appreciate how it feels to be confined to our homes. For some children with disabilities this is a permanent state unless they can access facilities such as Barnstondale. The survival of Barnstondale will ensure our facilities and services remain open and available to support all of these people.”

The charity is planning to use some of the grant to recruit an operations manager.

Jon joined the charity mid-pandemic in June, coming from an operations management role with Amazon. Before that he’d served in the British Army as a commissioned officer. 

He said: “Apart from my part-time business director and one part-time maintenance staff member all staff had been furloughed as the charity looked to reduce overheads to a minimum. 

“I don’t know what ‘normal’ workload looks like but I’ve been working tirelessly to both learn the ‘business’, cover off on critical roles in the absence of key staff, learn very quickly how to write bids to secure much-needed financial support and liaise with key stakeholders to understand how Barnstondale could diversify its offer to support its community.”

“It has been challenging, both personally and professionally for obvious reasons. That said, the support afforded to me and the charity by the Steve Morgan Foundation has been of significant reassurance and comfort and given me the motivation required to keep going.”