Party Time!

A great time was had by all as 300 children from charities supported by the Steve Morgan Foundation headed to Carden Park Hotel for the annual Christmas party.

Children from across the region, many with disabilities or life-limiting conditions, enjoyed a magical afternoon of fun and entertainment at the event attended by Foundation Chairman Steve Morgan and several of the charity’s trustees.

All of those who attended have benefitted from funding support from the Steve Morgan Foundation, whether via grants awarded to charities or the Enable programme for specialised disability equipment.

“This is always one of my favourite afternoons of the year,” said Steve.

“It is such a great way to end the year for the Foundation with everyone coming together to enjoy Christmas and seeing so much joy and happiness in the room.

“Many of the children and their families have to cope with some very difficult challenges in their everyday lives, but the way they overcome those challenges and still have smiles on their faces is an inspiration to us all.

“A great time was had by everyone, and all of us at the Foundation are now looking forward to 2020 and another year of supporting so many fantastic people who are changing lives at the grass roots level of society.”

The children enjoyed entertainment from a host of their favourite characters from Jumping Jacks and there was also a performance from the Ella Performance Group, an inclusive performing arts company for young people and adults with learning disabilities based in Runcorn.

Other activities included giant games, a Snow Machine, balloon modelling and, of course, a visit from Father Christmas himself bringing gifts for the children.

“Our children and staff alike had an amazing time at the party, everything was fabulous and we had some very excited children talking about Father Christmas and the characters in the minibus on the way home,” said Shirley Marshall, Operations Manager with the L6 Charity in Liverpool.

“It was just so magical and the entertainment was fab,” added Pauline Thornley, Project Co-ordinator with the Kinship Carers Project.

“It is lovely that Steve Morgan personally attends and takes time to go around the tables and speak to the young people.

“It means a lot, especially as our young people are often not invited to any other Christmas parties – it makes them feel so special.”

Dan Hamilton, from the Priority Youth Project, said:  “It was such an honour to be invited along to the party, making this year’s Christmas even more special for our young people.

“Jumping Jacks kept all of our young people entertained throughout the party, also covering them in some amazing glitter tattoos. 

“Everyone at Ella Performance Group absolutely blew us away with their performances, extremely talented individuals who know how to wow the crowd!”

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