‘Your funding has changed lives’ – charities speak out

The Steve Morgan Foundation has been inundated with messages of thanks from some of the 400+ charities that have been helped by the Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

More than one million people across North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside have directly benefited from the campaign, since it was launched in March, 2020.

Here’s what some of them had to say:

“The quick response by Steve Morgan Foundation and the easy process has made a big difference as to how we have been able to help our communities. Without that quick response, we are not sure how we would have been able to develop this project and how successful it would have been.” Val Johnson, Brunswick Youth and Community Centre

“We want to say a massive thank you for your Covid-19 funding. It has enabled us to continue to keep our staff employed with pay and to be able to carry on providing fantastic services to our community.  Your funding has allowed us to not only continue to pay our staff, but to keep our centre above water and allow us to provide children’s activity packs, food for our community, sports packs and continue to engage with our usual community residents. All alongside running Wirral’s emergency Covid-19 food hub.” Luke O’Dowd, Gautby Road Play, Youth & Community Centre

“A huge ‘thank you’ on behalf of all the local families and individuals you have enabled us to keep supporting throughout the Covid-19 crisis. We have increased the level of support provided to 200-300 per cent of our standard weekly level, allowing us to do home deliveries to some of our most vulnerable members, and also provide a ‘safe’ drop in facility for those who are able to get out and about. Your gift has made this a joyful and exciting time, enabling us to creatively look for more ways to help people rather than having to cut back on services offered.” Graham Peel, director, Kirkby Food Bank

“Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for the very kind offer of £3,000 to assist us with adapting services in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.  Your support of Nightingale House Hospice has been extremely heart-warming and without your faith in us, our project would not have been able to be started in such a timely fashion – when people need it the most.” Laura Parry, head of fundraising, Nightingale House Hospice

“Without funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation being secured and in place at the start of the Covid crisis then BNENC’s shopmate programme would not have been in place to meet the most vulnerable. It enabled BNENC to get things in place at the earliest opportunity and to inform the community that support was now in place and for Shopmate to hit the ground running and get that support out there to those in most need at the earliest opportunity.” Bob Blanchard, Director of F&D, BNECNC

“This funding has successfully aided our organisation to remain open during the unfortunate pandemic which effected so many lives and allowed us to complete suicide interventions, offer crucial and immediate support to those who found themselves in crisis or bereaved by suicide, from initial crisis though to long-term support or ‘bereaved by suicide support groups’. As the individuals we support are incredibly vulnerable and in crisis, they required our service more than ever during this time for support, to feel less isolated and to prevent crisis point allowing us to successfully reduce the need for clinical interventions and hospital admissions.” Jessica Gallier, CEO, Gallier House

“Without the emergency grant funding from the Foundation we know many vulnerable people on Anglesey may not have been able to obtain food bank parcels at their time of extreme need, which contained items they desperately required for their young families, or dietary needs or small packets for those who are alone. Since April the Steve Morgan Foundation funding has helped re-stock the food banks of essential items for over 1,300 families on Anglesey who were experiencing extreme hardship. We can’t thank the Foundation enough for how the funding has helped the many people struggling financially on the island.” Anne Tooze, chair, Grwp Cymunedol 

Two charities that joined forces to help the most vulnerable people in society during Covid-19 have described the actions of the Steve Morgan Foundation as ‘unprecedented’. Croxteth Federation’s Family Matters Project, The Big Help, which includes Knowsley Foodbank, were awarded £39,310 by the Steve Morgan Foundation. They’ve been using two Steve Morgan Foundation Smiley Buses, two newly-bought eco-friendly eBikes to deliver hundreds of food bags and essential supplies to those most in need. Croxteth Federation’s CEO Ken Eatonsaid: “These unprecedented times, needed a unprecedented response from a funder to get support out quickly. (It’s) amazing what the Steve Morgan Foundation has achieved.”

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