Birkenhead Hosts Royal Visit

Three charities which have been supported by the Steve Morgan Foundation were visited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a special afternoon in Birkenhead.

And two representatives from the Steve Morgan Foundation were delighted to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – at two of those charities.

The Foundation’s Director of Regional Funding Jane Harris met up with the royal couple at the Feeding Birkenhead Number 7 Community Shop, one of many initiatives set up by local MP Frank Field to help the community.

Meanwhile Trustee Ashley Lewis was present at the visit by Prince Harry and Meghan to The Hive – Wirral’s Youth Zone – whilst the other charity supported by the Foundation which the couple visited wasTomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances.

Feeding Birkenhead is a coalition of churches, food banks, community groups and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in Birkenhead.

The Community Shop enables local families to purchase their weekly shopping at a discounted price, and also provides advice in other areas such as benefits, employment, debt, budgeting and cooking.

The Steve Morgan Foundation awarded a three-year grant of £169,000 to help with staff costs as the charity transformed some acquired premises into what is now a thriving café and community shop.

“Harry and Meghan spent quite a while talking to member of the community shop,” says Jane.

“They presented a baby basket to a pregnant mother called Angel as part of the Baby Basics campaign, talked to funders and supporters and unveiled a plaque.  

“Harry asked me about support for people suffering with mental health issues as this is something close to his heart and Meghan felt that the community shop model should be rolled out all over the country.”

The Hive was set up as one of the many Onside Youth Zones across the country, designed to provide a safe environment for young people to attend and not only enjoy themselves but build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence.

The Steve Morgan Foundation is a founder patron of The Hive, handing over a three-year grant of £75,000 to help them with their work with young people.

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral was initially established in 2011 to support women upon their release from prison.

It has since expanded and now offers an extensive range of training courses and workshops for more than 6,000 local women, including support groups around mental health issues, domestic abuse, and addiction.

Trustees from the Steve Morgan Foundation were hugely impressed by this ‘gem’ of a charity enabling women to become empowered to move their lives forward, and made a three-year grant of almost £63,000 towards staffing costs.

All three charities visited by Prince Harry and Meghan share the aims of supporting and empowering groups within the community.

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