‘Thanks for keeping Georgie’s memory alive’

There was barely a dry eye in the house when the mum of a young boy who helped inspire the creation of the Steve Morgan Foundation was reunited with Steve Morgan after 24 years.

The philanthropist had just finished being interviewed at Monday’s 20th Anniversary Conference and Awards at Carden Park Hotel when Jan Hulme made a surprise appearance.

It was back in 1998 that her son four-year-old George Hulme – known as Georgie – lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Just before he died the youngster had his photo taken with the Redrow founder ahead of his trek across the Pyrenees in aid of a new oncology unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Steve Morgan with Georgie Hulme in 1998
Steve Morgan with Georgie Hulme in 1998

A smiling George was pictured wearing the businessman’s builders boots and the photo still has pride of place in the Foundation’s offices.

Tragically he died shortly after the photo was taken but Mr Morgan never forgot the meeting and said George was a major inspiration for the creation of the Steve Morgan Foundation in 2001.

On Monday, Georgie’s mum Jan surprised Mr Morgan in front of more than 200 people – including her daughters Rosie, 21, and 13-year-old Caoimhe – to thank him for keeping his son’s memory alive.

She said: “We knew the outcome was not very good for Georgie but that photo has always had a place in my home.

“My daughters, who didn’t know Georgie, and I laugh every time we see that picture and say ‘look at the boots’.

“When I read about the effect he has had on the Steve Morgan Foundation, your kindness, your generosity, the gratitude will be in my heart forever.”

 

 

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