One in a million: Rod Smith

Rod Smith is one in a million. 

The 75-year-old is one of the one million people already helped by the Steve Morgan Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund since it was launched in March 2020. Here’s his story:

Rod Smith’s life changed forever when he came out of a pub in his 30s and got knocked over in a road traffic accident.

A series of tests diagnosed a vitamin deficiency that was causing an underlying eyesight condition.

“My eyesight deteriorated from that moment on,” he said. 

It was also the trigger for a lifetime association with one of Liverpool’s oldest charities Bradbury Fields Services for Blind and Partially Sighted people.

The charity was established in 1857 and was given an emergency grant of £47,400 from the Steve Morgan Foundation when Covid-19 struck which enabled them to carry on  delivering critical services.

Rod, who also has cataracts, was registered blind in 1973/74 and now relies on a white cane.

He said:  “Bradbury Fields has been like a lifeline to me. They help with my shopping, collect my prescriptions and phone me to make sure I’m okay. My  fiancée died eight years ago and I was lonely. Bradbury Fields  are like part of my family and I’m very grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation.”

Philanthropist and businessman Steve Morgan announced in March he would be giving up to £1m a week to charities in Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire faced with a cashflow crisis as a result of Covid-19.

In the first eight weeks the Covid-19 Emergency Fund has made more than 400 awards to frontline charities – including Bradbury Fields – helping over one million people in the process.

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