We have raised £10,000 to support the life-saving work of the British Heart Foundation!
Morris Leisure and our sister company Morris Lubricants raised the money by organising an annual raft race, a Christmas lights switch on, a barbecue, a bagathon, pool tournament, Irish bingo, raffles and collections.
Together, we have now raised a total of £54,000 for charity over the last four years – £20,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, £12,000 each for Severn Hospice and the combined Wales and Midlands Air Ambulance Services and £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
This year, we have adopted two charities – Prostate Cancer UK and the Movement Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen. Andrew Goddard, managing director of Morris Lubricants, said it had been another memorable year of fundraising and thanked staff, customers, suppliers and friends for their hard work in collecting £10,000 for BHF. “To raise more than £50,000 in the past four years for charity is a fantastic achievement by all those involved and makes both companies very proud,” he added “Last year’s fundraising challenge was particularly poignant following the tragic loss of a couple of people associated with the business due to heart attacks and we hope this significant sum raised for the British Heart Foundation is a fitting tribute to them.”
Warren Appleby, BHF’s fundraising manager for Shropshire, praised the “brilliant” partnership between the two companies and the charity. “The partnership was really successful from the word go,” he added. “It’s all about saving lives now and in the future and the £10,000 has made that possible. The money will enable us to fund ongoing research which is absolutely vital and specifically looks into all aspects of heart disease including heart failure.” “We also support the training of nurses in local hospitals, which means that there is expertise and support for heart patients.”
Already planned this year is the raft race on the River Severn in Shrewsbury on June 5. Teams have to build their raft within 105 minutes and race it all on the same day. The invitation only race is limited to 14 teams, each paying £250 to enter. Staff members Stuart Holloway and Steve Reading, together with two colleagues from sister company GB Lubricants in Gatehead, will be running the Great North Run for the charities on September 11. One of the more novel ideas is a ‘Beat Bill’ challenge, which will see long serving purchasing manager and keen bowls player Bill Moseley take on all-comers in charity bowls matches. Other fundraising ideas include a race night in November, pool, darts and table football tournaments and a cake bake. The companies hope to raise another significant sum for the joint charities.