Local charities recognised in The Steve Morgan Foundation Awards 2024

Local Charities, Maggie’s and Right To Succeed have been recognised in The Steve Morgan Foundation Awards 2024.

Collecting the award for Charity Leader of the Year, Centre Head of Maggie’s Wirral, Kathy Wright said, “I feel very humbled to have been nominated for this award when all I am doing is my job!

“I am very lucky to work for an organisation like Maggie’s and to work with the Steve Morgan Foundation, whose support allows to support thousands of people every year.”

Kathy, as with all the winners this year, also collected £10,000 from the Foundation which will enable Maggie’s Wirral to provide more than 300 hours of emotional and practical support to people with cancer and their families, at what is an incredibly difficult time for them.

Maggie’s delivers support, help and advice for families who are affected by cancer. The centre offers a warm, safe environment for people to talk, connect and seek refuge.

Kathy is a true ambassador for Maggie’s, embodying their values with kindness, with integrity, with each other and with courage in every aspect of her work. Her extraordinary leadership, compassionate nature, and exceptional commitment to Maggie’s Wirral have undoubtedly maximised the impact Maggie’s Wirral has been able to make in recent years. 

Kathy leads by example, never more apparent than when she took part in last year’s triathlon. Finalists in Charity Leader of the Year award included Deryn Basnett of The Martin Gallier Project and Kim Steele of Pure Insight.

A second regional winner was Right To Succeed, who scooped the Partnership of the Year award. Right to Succeed supports communities in areas of high deprivation, aiming to give children and young people the best start in life by bringing together residents, professionals and decision-makers to co-design long-term, sustainable programmes that are bespoke to the needs of the local community. 

They received this award for the delivery of the Cradle to Career programme in partnership with over 100 organisations. The £10,000 prize will go towards their community fund to enable more life-changing community initiatives to be generated and implemented.

Graeme Duncan, CEO of Right to Succeed (Cradle to Career) commented, “This award means a huge amount, but Right to Succeed is only a very small part of the solution, and this award is for all of our partners.

“When we started working on the Cradle to Career project that was initiated by The Steve Morgan Foundation, Steve and Sally asked us how we can do things differently. The answer was to put the power in the hands of communities and we are now seeing this coming through at a systemic level. Communities are being put in control nationally and that is only happening because of this remarkable project and incredible partnership.”

Finalists in Partnership of the Year award included JDRF & Diabetes UK, and Koala Northwest.

This year, prize money of more than £100,000 was awarded for outstanding service delivery and commitment across eight award categories. The winning charity of each award received £10,000 with a further £2,000 awarded to the remaining two category finalists.

The Awards, hosted by award-winning journalist, Chris Maguire, were a celebratory end to an eventful day held by The Steve Morgan Foundation. The Conference and Awards were held on Monday, 22 April, at Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire, bringing together more than 160 people from within the Foundation’s family of charities in a day to inspire, resource and celebrate.

With inspirational keynote speeches including Matt Parish, CEO of Liverpool FC Foundation, Andy Cook, Chief Executive of Centre of Social Justice and professional yachtsman and three times World Record holder, Jack Trigger, a live interview with Steve Morgan CBE and a series of collaborative workshops, the day culminated with the prestigious awards to celebrate the incredible work of the organisations and people supported by The Steve Morgan Foundation, recognising the valuable contribution they make towards changing lives for good.

Liam Eaglestone, CEO of The Steve Morgan Foundation, said, “The Steve Morgan Foundation Conference and Awards not only honours and celebrates the fantastic achievements of the organisations and people within our family of charities, but also provides an opportunity to recognise and share some wonderful best practice in our region as well as learn from, and inspire, one another.

“This year we are continuing that learning with follow-on communities, kindly hosted by the leaders of our Associate Charities, promoting peer-led discussion and reflection to support each other in the work we are doing.”

To be eligible for the Awards, charities must be currently receiving funding from The Steve Morgan Foundation and thus invited to enter.

The Foundation’s founder and Chair of Trustees, Steve Morgan, CBE, commented, “It was fantastic to read about all the amazing work that is being done for our communities within our family of charities and every entry we received was worthy of recognition. The standard of entries to this year’s awards has been extremely high and it was certainly no easy task to select the finalists from over a hundred entries.”

Unlike other awards, the ethos behind the event is to bring charities together to foster collaboration rather than competition and to recognise and celebrate all of their incredible achievements in making a positive difference to people’s lives. The finalists were:

Charity Leader of the Year
Winner: Kathy Wright, Maggie’s, Wirral Centre
Finalists: Deryn Basnett, The Martin Gallier Project – Kim Steele, Pure Insight

Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Ben Meadows, Cerebral Palsy United FC
Finalists: John Mcateer, Sean’s Place – Janet Health, NEO Community

Young Volunteer of the Year (under 21)
Winner: Rebecca Clark, Pure Insight
Finalists: Millie Holmes, CREDU – George Cole, Wirral Society of the Blind & Partially Sighted

Best small/medium charity or social enterprise (t/o less than £1m)
Winner: Breckfield & North Everton Neighbourhood Council
Finalists: CELLS Project – Imagine If Trust

Best large charity or social enterprise (t/o more than £1m)
Winner: End Furniture Poverty
Finalists: Everton in the Community – The First Step

Disruptor for Good
Winner: Everton in the Community
Finalists: Down Syndrome, Cheshire – Open Door Charity

Partnership of the Year
Winner: Right to Succeed
Finalists: JDRF & Diabetes UK – Koala Northwest

Outstanding Contribution
Winner: Jane Harris, Trustee, The Steve Morgan Foundation

Of this award, Steve Morgan, commented, “This award was created to recognise the individual that I felt had gone the extra mile in the contribution they make towards their charity.

“It was a difficult decision as there were several worthy winners, but I was delighted to present the award to Jane, who has been instrumental to the development of the Steve Morgan Foundation over the last 17 years. As well as her outstanding contribution while working for the Foundation, Jane remains passionately involved as a Trustee in supporting our charities and helping us deliver philanthropy at its best.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation was founded in 2001 by businessman and philanthropist, Steve Morgan CBE, and is passionately committed to changing lives for good, by working with partners that make a positive difference to those in need. The Foundation provides funding, support, expertise and best practice to the charities and organisations it works alongside.

Image: Winners of The Steve Morgan Foundation Awards 2024 (L-R): Bob Blanchard, Breckfield & North Everton Neighbourhood Council; Julie Lavigne, End Furniture Poverty; Rebecca Clark, Pure Insight; Kathy Wright, Maggie’s, Wirral Centre; Steve Morgan CBE; Sue Gregory, Everton in the Community; Jane Harris, Steve Morgan Foundation; Ben Meadows, Cerebral Palsy United FC; Graeme Duncan, Right to Succeed.

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