We’ve reached the end of the first year of our partnership with Morrisons and are thrilled to announce that we have raised over £2.6 million for seriously ill children and their families, and the UK’s 54 children’s hospices that care for them.
Morrisons customers and suppliers have supported Together for Short Lives through cash donations in store and online, and by purchasing products involved in the supermarket’s biggest ‘Every Pack Gives Back’ initiative to date raising £878,058 alone.
Colleagues at Morrisons stores across the country have also been raising vital funds in many different ways, from in-store fundraisers, sky-dives, treks, marathons and raffles. 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.
The money raised so far can help pay for:
- 1,608 families to have respite care at their local hospice, giving them time together as a family
- 9 multi-sensory rooms, equipped with fibre optics, mirrors, lights and bubble tubes so that children can have a special sensory play experience
- 129 seriously ill children have a special day out to make precious memories
- 4 Community Support Workers to reach thousands more families that need essential care and help
- 400 families to benefit from Together for Short Lives Cost of Living Support Fund, to help ease the burden of families’ rising bills and keep life-sustaining equipment running.
Morrisons hopes to raise £10 million for the partnership by October 2024 so every family caring for a seriously ill child gets the support they need.
Families like Emily’s whose little girl Amelia was diagnosed with a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder that means she will have a short life. Emily has been supported by her local children’s hospice, Keech Hospice Care and was thrilled to hear the news that Morrisons have raised over £2.6 million for their charity partner Together for Short Lives:
“Thank you to Morrisons colleagues and customers for raising this incredible amount of money. It will help Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices across the country continue to be a lifeline to families like mine.”Emily, mum to Amelia