Steve Morgan Foundation pays tribute to Nick ‘Hoppy’ Hopkinson 

Steve and Sally Morgan have paid tribute to the former High Sheriff of Cheshire Nick ‘Hoppy’ Hopkinson MBE, who has died of cancer.

The family of the 61-year-old broke the news on Facebook today (Thursday) to say the entrepreneur and charity fundraiser had died ‘far, far too soon’.

Alongside a poster with the words ‘Too cool to die’ his family wrote: “This picture hangs proudly in his kitchen and couldn’t be more true. Hoppy will never truly die. His legacy will live on in all that knew him.”

Last year Hoppy and the Steve Morgan Foundation worked  together to support Cheshire Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Response Fund.

Steve said: “It’s absolutely devastating news, we’ve lost a true friend. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Lesley, his children and his family.

“I first got to know Hoppy through business when we were both members of the YPO (Young Presidents’ Organisation) many years ago. We have renewed our friendship in recent years through our shared interest in charity work.  I have huge respect for his achievements and everything he did to help other people.

“Last year he phoned me at the start of the Covid pandemic to ask for my support for the Cheshire Community Foundation which of course we did. That summed him up perfectly because he was always thinking of other people.  It was an honour to have worked with him on this and many other projects.”

On his Twitter profile Hoppy described himself as ‘ex-High Sheriff of Cheshire, liver cancer survivor,  haemochromatosis sufferer, teetotal, entrepreneur, charity fundraiser, cyclist and adventurer’.

Sally Morgan recalled: “I first met Nick in a village pub in Great Budworth about 18 years ago and we became good friends.

“He was kind-hearted, energetic and the best charity auctioneer I have ever seen. He once raised £1m for disadvantaged children in one night; no one else would be capable of motivating me to bid for a prize my own husband had donated!

“Nick was a big supporter of the Steve Morgan Foundation. He recently sent us his congratulations on reaching our 20th anniversary and said he was ‘proud’ to be our friends, we were equally proud to be his.

“Our thoughts are with Lesley and their lovely family. Nick was a unique man who will be much missed and never forgotten. As his family have so correctly commented ‘his legacy will live on’.”

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