HOLLIS MORGAN - A POSITIVE APPROACH TO GIVING
Each year we dedicate part of our time, talents and money to support the great institutions of our city and local charities.
Through charity auctions, hosting and staging events as well as sponsorship we are able to assist local charities raise between £100,000 and £200,000 each year.
Over the years we have helped raise funds for;
St Peter’s Hospice, The Diocese of Bristol Uganda Project, Arno’s Vale Cemetry conservation projects, Rotary Club Charitable Golf Days, The Royal West of England Academy Secret Art Auction, Penny Brohn Long Table Lunch to honour Women, The Ghurkha Welfare Trust Curry lunch helping soldiers in Nepal, The Nepali Childrens Trust, Bristol Zoo and its conservation projects and the world famous auction of designer Gorillas to raise money for a “State of the Art” Gorilla House and conservation projects, St Mary Recliffe Christmas Treefest. Auction”, Home Start, Cotham Fayre, Clifton College, Old Bristolians, Old Cliftonians Football Club, Dance Voice helping with Dance Movement Pyschotherpy, “Ups and Downs Ball” to help Downs Syndrome children, Venetian Evening to support St Georges Brandon Hill, The Ghurkha Welfare Trust Nepal earthquake Appeal, Clifton Village Christmas Lights Appeal, The Roman Catholic Cathedral Roof Appeal, Guild of Friends Children’s Hospital Appeal, Brain Tumour Research and, on an international basis an auction in The British Embassy in Rome to help the embassy raise funds for those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease in Rome.
In 2021 we will be supporting 1625 Independent People
1625 Independent People (1625ip) is a charity that works with young people who are homeless, leaving care or at risk of homelessness in Bristol and the South West. As well as providing safe, stable accommodation, we provide practical and emotional support to ensure vulnerable young people can build healthy relationships, develop independent living skills and can access jobs and training, in order to thrive as an independent adult.
Our mission is to prevent homelessness, keep young people safe and support them to be the best they can be.
Our vision is a world where all young people have a safe place and trusted adults to turn to and can access the opportunities they need.
If you would like to know more about this fantastic cause please visit their websitehttps://www.justgiving.com/1625independentpeople
2020 – Charity Review
Andrew Morgan MBE reports on a memorable year… for all the wrong reasons.
When I attended a drinks party for “All Aboard” on an idyllic sunny evening in late 2019 and saw people enjoying sailing in Bristol Docks and learned more of the work of this relatively unknown Charity none of us could have foreseen what a devastating year 2020 would turn out to be for us all and especially for the charity sector which relies so heavily on fund raising and donations. “All Aboard” aim is to provide water-based activities to everyone, especially those facing challenging circumstances, those with access needs or disabilities, people on low incomes and people with dementia. It is so rewarding to see the pleasure and sense of achievement on the faces of those people using these facilities, consequently, we were delighted to adopt them as the Hollis Morgan Charity for the year. For obvious reasons we were unable to organise any fundraising events but dedicated ourselves during this difficult time, not only to keep our firm prosperous and our own staff fully employed, but also to be able to make an end of year donation of £5,000 to “All Aboard” from our Buyer’s Premiums. I am pleased to say we successfully achieved this.
All my normal fixed charitable events were postponed until 2021 which was a great disappointment as I always look forward to these regular events in the annual calendar such as the feverishly exciting RWA secret postcard auction, the glamorous Ladies Long Table Lunch held at Penny Brohn, The festive Bristol Zoo’s Gala evening as well as many others. 2021 is already promising to be a very busy year as we all work to help to re-build the charitable sector.
It always leaves me humbled when I see the dedication of so many people working with charities and it is a great pleasure to be able support them by offering our free service as charity auctioneers at their fund raising events.
2019 – Charity Review
Andrew Morgan MBE reports on a memorable year of raising substantial funds for many Bristol Charities.
The Hollis Morgan Charity of the year was The Bear Wood Project at The Wild Place for Bristol Zoo. This project achieved international acclaim for creating a huge natural habitat for the bears and raised walkways for the public to enjoy them in a relaxed way. It was a huge privilege to support the zoo in this fabulous conservation project and to learn more of their conservation projects around the world. As usual, our annual ”Opera Picnic” held in the church and gardens of All Saints gave us a good opportunity to entertain our families, clients and friends and the Zoo Team were able to rise nearly £8,000 from the collection on that occasion as guests enjoyed the hot weather, delicious supper and singing all accompanied by the liberal pouring of Fizz!! Later in the year our Charity Auction at their glittering Christmas Gala raised a similar amount. One of the heart-warming Lots bid for on that evening was the opportunity to be a Zoo sponsor which enables many underprivileged people to visit the zoo - the bidding for this lot reached an amazingly generous £4,000.
One of the highlights of the year was a memorable evening at a Gala Dinner to celebrate CIMA’S 100th Anniversary held under the wings of the last Concord to fly into Bristol I had the honour of sitting next to the pilot of that flight, Captain Les Brodie who was able to tell me of all the famous characters he had met over his distinguished career, from The Princess of Wales to Joan Collins and many, many others.
The Secret Postcard Auction at the RWA in the Spring provides the audience with a unique evening in which to test their artistic knowledge when famous artists and local artists work comes anonymously under the hammer. This always seems to take place on a very hot evening and proves the need for the improvement of the building and the installation of air conditioning! “It is such a privilege to be involved in this event as Bristol is so fortunate to have such an institution in the heart of the city and it is an evening of frenetic fun” says Andrew.
Another annual fixture is the Ladies Long Table Lunch at Penny Brohn when I am invited, as the only man, into the glamorous flower decked marquee at their headquarters at Pill for their traditional lunch. The Ladies are always extremely generous and one lucky bidder ended up with a holiday in the West Indies.
Attending between twelve and twenty charity auctions a year and I am always greatly impressed with the dedicated effort so many people make in order to make these charitable events successful and by the generosity of the people who attend them.
2018 – Charity Review
Andrew Morgan MBE reports on a memorable year of raising substantial funds for many Bristol Charities.
The Hollis Morgan Charity of the year was Off The Record. OTR is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Working with their dedicated team was an absolute pleasure and we were astounded by how many people had benefitted from their valuable services. Our annual ”Opera Picnic” held in the church and gardens of All Saints Clifton, as usual, gave us a good opportunity to entertain our families, clients and friends and OTR were able to raise an amazing £5,000 on that occasion as guests enjoyed the hot weather, delicious supper and singing all accompanied by the liberal pouring of Fizz and wine !! At the end of the year we were able to match this amount to raise the total sum to £10,000 for the year.
One of the highlights of the year was a glittering evening at Badminton school to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of St Peters Hospice. Wonderfully hosted by Joanna Lumley in a magnificent marquee, the evening was a truly emotional experience culminating in an hilarious auction with Andrew and Joanna doing a double act to raise much needed funds. A bottle of champagne signed by Joanna was sold for £2,500 which also included a passionate kiss for the lucky purchaser ! This was indeed a celebration to remember !
The Secret Postcard Auction at the RWA provides the audience with a unique evening in which to test their artistic knowledge when famous artists and local artists work comes anonymously under the hammer. This always seems to take place on a very hot evening and proves the need for the improvement of the building and the installation of air conditioning! “It is such a privilege to be involved in this event as Bristol is so fortunate to have such an institution in the heart of the city and it is an evening of frenetic fun” says Andrew.
2017 – Charity Review
Andrew Morgan MBE and his charitable team have had another fantastically busy taking charitable auctions on a number of memorable occasions raising substantial sums for many Bristol charities. Our own event, the Annual "Opera Picnic" in the iconic setting of All Saints, where 400 clients, family and friends come for a party with a difference, "A Summer Evening of Opera Highlights" and is now a well established fixture of the Bristol Social scene!
This year it has also been a privilege to work with many famous personalities including Sir Tim Rice, Wayne Sleep and Patricia Routledge, Raymond Blanc and Professor Alice Roberts for charities as varied Bristol Zoo to The Ghurkha Welfare Trust, Penny Brohn, St Peters Hospice to Gloucestershire Cricket Club.
Andrew Morgan MBE says " Charity auctions are huge fun and I get asked to offer some extraordinary prizes from African holidays to the opportunity to name a baby bear for Bristol Zoo's Bearwood project! Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of The Role of Lord Mayor of Bristol involved a glittering evening and a Banquet of Food through the Ages under the aegis of Raymond Blanc - an event I had no difficulty in attending !!
We were delighted to support our 2017 Charity of the year "Life for a Cure" helping Ryan's mother raise £30,000 through a combination of 3 events. Ryan died of Meningitis B very suddenly - read all about this touching and inspirational story and make a donation www.ryanbresnahan.org
- 2021 – 1625 Independent People
- 2020 – All Aboard
- 2019 – Bear Wood Appeal
- 2018 – “Off The Record” Bristol
- 2017 – A Life for a Cure – Meningitis Appeal
- 2016 – Barton Camp - Bristol Children’s Help Society
- 2015 – Dance Voice
- 2014 – Penny Brohn Cancer Care
- 2013 - St Peter’s Hospice
ANNUAL OPERA PICNIC
To all those who support us as clients or by helping us with charities we say a big thankyou by inviting them to our free annual summer party at All Saints for an evening of celebration, music, wine and a delicious supper- click here to find out more Click Here
Whether you are planning a glamorous black tie event or something simpler in a hall or school please ask about our FREE Charity Service.
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