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Alder Hey announced as Morgan Sindall's regional 'Charity of the Year'

A photograph showing eight-year old Jack Johnson stood in front of the new Institute in the Park facility.

Morgan Sindall’s project teams in the North West have chosen the Alder Hey Children’s Charity as their charity of the year, with all funds raised by the team this year benefiting it.

The announcement coincides with the official opening of the ‘Institute in the Park’ at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, which Morgan Sindall constructed.

The £10 million ‘Institute in the Park’ is a dedicated research, education and innovation facility which has been built alongside the new state-of-the-art Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Guests from the academic and clinical world joined the Lord Mayor, University of Liverpool and Alder Hey staff, Morgan Sindall representatives and other stakeholders at a special ceremony to officially open the new facility. They were also given a tour of the facility and an opportunity to discover how Alder Hey is leading the way in areas of clinical research and innovation.

Eight-year old Jack Johnson from Wigan, who has been involved in research trials at Alder Hey since early 2014, was guest of honour and helped open the ‘Institute in the Park’, along with his mum Alex and younger brother James.

The facility will allow Alder Hey clinicians and University of Liverpool researchers to develop safer, better medicines for children to use in the NHS and throughout the world. It will also help give children in the North West greater access to emerging life-saving technologies and provide world-class facilities to continue to attract outstanding researchers to Liverpool.

Barry Roberts, Morgan Sindall area director, said: “Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Alder Hey Children’s Charity have touched the lives of many people throughout the years and we are very proud to have them as our region’s ‘Charity of the Year’. I hope we go on to raise a lot of money for this very valuable cause. We are also very happy to mark the opening of the new Research and Education facility which will go on to change the lives of many people.”

Clare White, CEO of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, said: “We are delighted to be named Morgan Sindall’s regional ‘Charity of the Year’, especially following their involvement in building our new Institute in the Park.

“The Institute in the Park has been made possible by the generosity of many institutional and individual donors and we would like to give them our heartfelt thanks. To realise the whole potential of this facility and bring even more researchers and educators onto the campus, we will be fundraising for phase II over the next two years. We are grateful to everyone at Morgan Sindall for their continued support.”