A WHOPPING £420,000 is on the way to help young people in Wolverhampton, thanks to The Morgan Foundation’s fifth biannual charity golf day.
Undeterred by the weather, the 22 teams managed to play a full round, and 250 guests at a gala dinner at Cheshire’s Carden Park Hotel were provided with some tip-top entertainment from young people from The Way Youth Zone, Sasha Simone, the Rick Parfitt Jnr Band, and impressionist Rory Bremner, who is patron of the ADHD Foundation, one of the projects supported by The Morgan Foundation.
Steve Morgan CBE, chairman of the Morgan Foundation, said:
“The funds raised this year will go towards The Way Youth Zone’s mentoring project, where trained staff help young people, often from disadvantaged and dysfunctional backgrounds, to find a way forward with their lives.”
Steve, who is also founder and Chairman of Redrow plc, chairman of the Bridgemere Group of Companies and owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC., added:
“The Morgan Foundation’s aim is to ‘make a difference’ and I would like to thank all of our golf teams and gala dinner guests for playing their part and helping to make this project a reality.”
Rory Bremner said: “The UK needs more people like Steve Morgan. The outstanding philanthropy that The Morgan Foundation is doing makes a real difference in the heart of some of our most deprived communities.
“The Way Youth Zone provides a much needed safe place for young people in some of the toughest communities and I am proud to have played a very small part in the proceedings.”
The Way Youth Zone is a £5.5 million facility in Wolverhampton built for young people between the ages of 8-19 (or up to 25 with a disability).
Facilities include a boxing gym, 3G artificial football pitch, indoor climbing wall, state of the art multi-media room, 4-court sports hall and more.
Since opening in January, The Way has smashed its yearly membership targets already with over 3,500 young people using the facility from all over the city.
- The Morgan Foundation specialises in supporting organisations that help children and families, as well as supporting people affected by disability or age, and those who are disabled and socially isolated.
- The Foundation will consider any work that has a positive effect on the welfare and quality of life, or which expands the opportunities and life choices for young people in its remit area.
- Created in 2001 by Steve Morgan to support charities across North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire, it has committed over £32m of funding.
- In the past year grants totalling £2m have been made.
- The Foundation’s aim and philosophy is to ‘make a difference’ by providing funding for small to medium sized organisations that are addressing specific needs.
- Help is focussed mainly on those who work directly with children and families, but the Foundation is interested in all projects that enhance the quality of life for people in the region, particularly those suffering from disability or disadvantage.
PICTURED: Steve and Sally Morgan with Rory Bremner