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.