New Morrisons charity partnership will help local families

Martin Gardner posted on Feb 28 2022

Welcome news for Brian House Children’s Hospice today as a brand new partnership launches between supermarket giant Morrisons and charity Together for Short Lives that will benefit families caring for a seriously ill child across the Fylde coast.

Together for Short Lives is the only charity supporting the UK’s children’s hospices, including Brian House Children’s Hospice and families facing the heartbreak that their child will die young.

Together for Short Lives and Morrisons are set to raise vital funds for children’s hospices across the country, just like Brian House, as part of a flagship three-year-partnership launching 15 February 2022.

The hospice’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, Janet Atkins, said: “We are so thrilled that this important partnership between Morrisons and Together for Short Lives is launching today. This transformational partnership will have a lasting impact on our work to support the Fylde coast’s most fragile children and their families.”

Morrisons will help Together for Short Lives be there for families like Laura’s, who is being supported by Brian House.

Laura’s son, Arlo, is just two years old and has three splits in his brain which affects his vision as well as causing him up to 40 seizures a day.

Arlo visits Brian House to give Laura the chance to spent time with her other children, and to take a break from the constant demands of having a child who is extremely fragile.

Laura is also supported by other families caring for life-limited children at Brian House’s regular baby group.

Together for Short Lives CEO, Andy Fletcher says: “Hearing the news that your child is seriously ill is devastating – families can be left feeling scared and alone.

“I can’t tell you what a difference this amazing new partnership will make for these families. Knowing that Morrisons colleagues up and down the country are on their side, means the absolute world.

“The money raised through our partnership will give families access to vital care from local children’s hospices and help them to spend less time worrying and more time making memories together. It will also enable us to reach thousands more families caring for a seriously ill child who need support.”

Every Morrisons store is calling on local shoppers to join them for their special ‘Butterfly Bonanza’ between 14-27 February – a fabulous fortnight of fundraising activities to mark the launch of the partnership, as the charity’s famous butterfly flies up and down the country in support of seriously ill children.

Morrisons CEO, David Potts says: “Together for Short Lives is an amazing charity which supports families through immensely difficult times, and hearing the very important stories from families who have received their support was incredibly moving for everyone at Morrisons.

“I’m really looking forward to our partnership with Together for Short Lives and helping to raise vital funds to support families with seriously ill children and the wonderful hospices that care for them.”