A brand new partnership launched between supermarket giant Morrisons and the charity Together for Short Lives will benefit families caring for a seriously ill child in West Yorkshire.

Together for Short Lives is the only charity supporting the UK’s children’s hospices, including the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield, 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 Forget Me Not, as part of a flagship three-year-partnership.

Gareth Pierce, director of income generation at Forget Me Not, said: “It’s fantastic to be launching this new partnership, one that will make such a huge difference to children and families across West Yorkshire.

“Morrisons will help us be there for families like Henry’s. Henry has spent most of his life in and out of hospital. He has a number of complex health issues and needs watching day and night. When the family were first referred to Forget Me Not, they were at breaking point so the hospice was a massive lifeline and somewhere Henry would be safe.”

Together for Short Lives CEO Andy Fletcher said: “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 February 14 and 27 – 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 said: “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.”