Welcome news for Jessie May 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 in the South West.

Together for Short Lives is the only charity supporting the UK’s children’s hospices, including Jessie May 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 Jessie May, as part of a flagship three-year-partnership launching 15th February 2022.

Morrisons will help us be there for families like Alessi’s.

Alessi was born at the height of the COVID pandemic. Mum, Reagan, had a stress-free pregnancy but the labour was far from straightforward. Many things happened all at once, but ultimately Alessi’s heartbeat stopped. Once she was here, they were told the news no Mum or Dad ever wants to hear: their daughter was unlikely to live for very long.

Alessi now needs round the clock care. She regularly has terrifying seizures and needs to be suctioned constantly and tube fed.

“Me and her Dad take turns to sleep so that someone is always with her. At the same time, it’s a constant struggle to get the support we need – emotionally, financially and practically.”

Reagan explains.

“There’s no one else in our family bar Mitch and I who can care for Alessi. No one who can relieve us. Except the Jessie May nurses, they are trained professionals and I know Alessi is safe when she is with them.”

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.”

Together for Short Lives & Morrisons are raising vital funds for children's hospices like Jessie May