Patron Simon Cowell gives heartfelt message of thanks to Morrisons for raising £5 million for Together for Short Lives
Welcome news came for children’s hospices and families caring for a child with a life-limiting condition as long-standing Patron of the children’s palliative care charity Simon Cowell announced that Morrisons have reached £5 million pounds in their fundraising efforts for charity partner Together for Short Lives.
Together for Short Lives is the UK’s leading palliative care charity for children and young people who are expected to have short lives. The partnership with Morrisons, which started in February 2022, is raising vital funds for children’s hospices across the country and helping families make precious memories together. Together, they are also reaching out to those families across the UK who don’t know about the support they can access through the Together for Short Lives helpline and online family support hub, and in their local community.
Simon has been a Patron of Together for Short Lives for 14 years and having visited a number of children’s hospices during that time, he knows what a difference £5 million will make to the lives of families caring for a seriously ill child. Simon said:
“As a proud Patron of Together for Short Lives, I am thrilled to announce that the Morrisons partnership has now raised over £5 million for families caring for a child with a life-limiting condition.
This is such an incredible achievement and Morrisons colleagues, customers and suppliers should be extremely proud of reaching this milestone together.
The work Together for Short Lives does to support families and the 54 UK children’s hospices that care for them is so important, so these funds will make such a difference. I cannot thank them enough for their amazing support.”
Colleagues at Morrisons stores across the country have been raising vital funds through many different ways such as in-store fundraisers, marathons, Treks, skydives and cycle rides. Many of the activities have been match-funded by the Morrisons Foundation which supports colleagues in raising money for charities including Together for Short Lives.
Morrisons customers have also played a part in this incredible milestone through cash donations in store and online, and through purchasing products involved in the supermarket’s ‘Every Pack Gives Back’ initiative.
With the money raised:
- Over £3,250,000 will be given to local children’s hospices across the UK to provide vital care services.
- 20 Building a Legacy grants of up to £50,000 will be given to help children’s hospices with building renovations or to create fully-accessible play areas so that children can experience the joy and freedom of play.
- 382 families have enjoyed a Making Memory experience, enabling them to have the chance to make precious memories together.
- Three Community Support Workers have been employed for two years, helping to reach thousands more families that need support with accessing financial assistance, and local palliative care services.
Morrisons hopes to raise £10 million by October 2024 so that Together for Short Lives can help every family caring for a seriously ill child get the support they need.
Together for Short Lives CEO, Andy Fletcher says:
“We are thrilled that Morrisons have reached this incredible £5 million pound milestone. It will make such a difference to the work we do with families and provide much-needed funds for local children’s hospices. A huge thank you to Morrisons colleagues, customers and suppliers from Together for Short Lives and the 99,000 children living with a life-limited condition in the UK.”
Morrisons CEO, David Potts says:
“We are delighted to have raised £5m for Together for Short Lives. Our colleagues and customers are dedicated to raising vital funds for local children’s hospices so that they can provide care to seriously ill children and help families spend precious time together.”
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About Together for Short Lives and Morrisons’ partnership
Our partnership will help families caring for a seriously ill child to get the support they need:
Children’s hospices are full of light and joy, providing essential support to families at the hospice, at home and in the community. They are a lifeline to families, providing short breaks, respite care and practical support, enabling families to be families.
When life is short, there’s no time to waste. Our partnership will raise vital funds for children’s hospices and will enable families to create precious memories and make the most of every moment they have together.
Not everyone will know about the vital care provided by children’s hospices. We will work together to reach out to more families caring for a seriously ill child across the country, so no one slips through the net, and instead gets the support they need.
About Together for Short Lives
When a child’s life is expected to be short, there’s no time to waste. Together for Short Lives is here to make sure the 99,000 seriously ill children and their families across the UK can make the most of every moment they have together, whether that’s for years, months or only hours. We stand alongside families, supporting them to make sure they get the vital care and help that they need.
We support and empower families caring for seriously ill children by listening to their needs and helping them find the right care. We provide easily digestible information about available support so families can spend less time searching for help and have more time together. We connect families with support services and other families who understand what they are going through, so they don’t feel as alone.
99,000 babies, children and young people are living in the UK with health conditions that are life-limiting or life-threatening—and the number is rising. Many of these children have complex conditions and need specialist care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The impact is enormous; affected parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, and the wider family make up an estimated 790,000 people who are actively involved in care. For those who love these children, accessing help and the right care can be emotionally stressful. For those of us who haven’t faced it, it’s unimaginable.
Getting the right support can make a lifetime of difference. And that’s what we are here for.
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