Trustees were pleased to see our new look Smiley Bus when the Netherley Youth & Community Initiative paid a visit last week – this was the 51st Smiley Bus we have donated and the first one to be re-branded with our Steve Morgan Foundation logo.
We’ve come a long way since our first Smiley Bus was awarded to the Barnstondale Centre in 2006, with a fleet of 60 buses now serving organisations across our remit area, from community transport in isolated North Wales, to busy activity groups and special needs schools.
Awards totalling £570,000 were agreed at our latest trustee meeting, covering a range of projects from:
- Edge Hill Youth & Community Centre, Liverpool
- The Independence Initiative, Bootle
- Knowsley Dementia Support – Memory Lane
- Prestatyn and Meliden Community Action Group – Pop In Centre
- SWAN Women’s Centre, Litherland
- Wellchild, North Wales
- Clwyd Special Riding School
- YKids, Bootle
- Women’s Health and Information Centre, Liverpool
A 17-seater wheelchair accessible Smiley Bus was awarded to Crosby High School
26 individual awards totalling £100,000 have been agreed under our Enable programme, providing specialist equipment to disabled people of all ages in our remit area.
Since 2001 over 500 individual grants have been awarded with our founder Steve Morgan committing over £235 million for good causes in our region.
Steve Morgan CBE has donated one million US dollars to the Barbuda Relief Fund and called on the international community to come together to help those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
The deadly hurricane has claimed a number of lives and left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean island of Barbuda.
Irma was a category five hurricane – the highest level possible – and Prime Minister Gaston Browne has described Barbuda as a ‘scene of total devastation with 90% of all buildings destroyed.’
The Prime Minister added that over 60% of Barbuda’s people are now homeless as a result.
Steve has had a home on the island of Antigua for many years and today called on the international community, and those with the available means, to come to the island’s assistance as a matter of urgency.
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Steve.
“I’ve been visiting the island for many years and my family and I consider Antigua as a second home.
“We have all seen the truly horrendous pictures and footage of the damage caused by the hurricane and cannot begin to imagine what it is like for those involved.
“So many people have been affected and now face such a long and hard struggle to return to some kind of normality.
“The devastation on the ground cannot be overstated – we simply cannot stand by and watch the people of Barbuda suffer and I just felt like I had to do something to try to help.
“I would also repeat the calls already made for the international community, and others with the available means, to come together and do whatever they can to help all those affected who are in such desperate need following the devastating hurricane.”
We are pleased to announce that the Steve Morgan Foundation is sponsoring the Believe Awards.
Now in its 7th year the awards recognise and champion young people from all around Merseyside who have demonstrated strength of character, resilience, kindness, carried out good deeds or provided a service to others. The event aims to challenge the often negative representation of young people by celebrating those who may be facing great challenges, but who do so with determination and selflessness.
This year the Steve Morgan Foundation has sponsored the awards which will take place on 28th June at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool.
Steve Morgan, CBE said, “The Believe Awards are a brilliant initiative, the awards play an important role in recognising just how amazing many of the young people in the region are. At the Steve Morgan Foundation we work hard to make a difference and the Believe Awards do just that so we are really pleased to be involved in such a wonderful event.”
The awards are hosted by children’s charity Ykids and Radio City’s Cash for Kids and call for nominations for inspiring children who deserve to be recognised. Individuals aged between 7 and 17 can be nominated by family, friends, their school or someone from their local community.
Each year the awards are based on a theme and for 2017 the theme is heroes from children’s literature. There are 10 categories of award and these include The Matilda award for bringing magic to others, The Bear Hunt award for making it through a difficult journey and The BFG award for the biggest friend.
Winners and their guests will enjoy an evening of food and entertainment at a glittering awards ceremony.
More information on the awards and how to nominate someone is available on the Believe Awards website.
As always, the past few months have been extraordinarily busy for the Steve Morgan Foundation with our 60th Smiley Bus donated, our Maggie’s Partnership and Enable programme launched, and the purchase of the Foundation’s first building for use by the charity Stick “n” Step.
On top of this, we have also visited a number of the wonderful charities that we support. We like to visit the charities we support regularly in order to get to know the charity itself and the people behind it. This enables us to build a strong relationship and gather further understanding of how we can support them even further.
Here are just some of the charities we have visited recently:
Women’s Health Information & Support Centre (WHISC)
The WHISC is a Liverpool based charity that has been dedicated to supporting women and their families with regards to their health and well-being since 1984. The charity provides many services in order to do this, including:
> Complimentary therapies (such as: aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, etc.)
> ‘Drop-in’ sessions
> Support groups
> And much more
During our visit, we were given the opportunity to see a number of these services in action, including a lively belly dancing class and a support group session. We are extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to visit and meet the wonderful team running the charity, as well as meeting the women that the charity supports.
Woodwork to Wellness
Woodwork to Wellness is a fantastic charity that provides people from all walks of life with a creative activity to carry out in their spare time when they find themselves at a difficult place in life. The charity is visited by people of all ages that may be in a difficult place as a result of a medical incident, adjusting to retirement or a recent life change.
The workshop itself is entirely wheel-chair friendly and provides visitors with the opportunity to build or help to shape woodwork projects. If not wanted by the maker, these items are subsequently sold at the on-site shop.
No one day is the same within the workshop as they have multiple projects within their weekly programme. We are very excited for further visits to this exciting and creative charity, that carries out fantastic work for the local community.
Keep an eye on our news section for more blogs on our visits over the coming months.
The Trinity Trust, a family trust set up by Steve Morgan CBE, has gifted over £200 million to the Steve 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 Steve Morgan Foundation has distributed 47 specially-adapted smiley buses.
The donation has been made in the form of 42 million shares to the Steve Morgan Foundation, representing 11.36% of the issued share capital of Redrow PLC.
Jane Harris, Administrator of the Steve 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.”