Last year, vivacious Gaynor Morgan became Beechwood Cancer Care’s sixth patron to join the family.
A natural networker, she successfully involves everyone she meets in the cause and, as Fundraising Manager Angela Gray explains, ticks all the boxes: “We look for someone who’s shown support for Beechwood, spreads the word about our work and raises our profile… and that’s Gaynor to a T.”
A bit about Gaynor
Daughter of charity-minded MUFC legend Willie Morgan, 46-year-old Gaynor grew up with paparazzi at the gate and Rod Stewart, Howard Keel, Johnny Mathis and Tom Jones as regular house guests. She recognised her privilege, but admits having to ‘share’ her beloved dad with everyone else wasn’t always ideal.
Gaynor is lots of fun and her CV runs from pro-tennis player and coach, model, girl band member and celebrity column writer to founding director of events company Entertainment Today and long-time property developer. Influenced by Willie, whose Howard Keel NSPCC Golf Classic at The Mere in 2000 raised around three million pounds, Gaynor has always put her showbiz contacts to good use for needy causes, both here and in Portugal. That’s where she, hubby Tim Morgan-Hoole, 11-year-old daughter Jess and 25-year-old son Alex lived from 2006 to 2012. After all, if Sir Cliff Richard lived twenty minutes away, wouldn’t you enlist his help for the local orphanage? Wouldn’t you have your pal Denise Welch auction one of the star’s shirts after his gig? OK, enough name-dropping, but it’s all true.
Why Gaynor chose Beechwood
When Gaynor’s mum, Pat, died from ovarian cancer in 2004, she fell apart and her then 12-year-old son Alex was devastated.
“We lived at the bottom of my parents’ garden,” explains Gaynor. “Alex, who saw his darling grandmother every day, was very close to her. Had I known then of Beechwood and its family counselling, Alex could have really benefitted. I am so impressed by this organisation. It’s small, effective, hands-on and never greedy. Events are affordable and lively. As a patron, I’m doing what comes naturally – putting people together and networking. If it raises money to help others – why would I not do it?”
Once he’d retired from football, Gaynor’s dad nurtured his friendships with famous MUFC fans on the golf course, taking the game so seriously, he turned down meeting Michael Jackson for fear of being late to tee off! Gaynor, with that same interest in communication and in Beechwood, never loses an opportunity to publicise it within her own celebrity circle.
“That my children inherit Dad’s and my own social conscience,” says Gaynor. “When Jess made and sold smoothies at school for Beechwood, I was thrilled. Beechwood is on Stockport’s Bridgehall Estate. It doesn’t need to be big or pretentious to do its great work and, honestly, it never turns anyone away in need of its expertise.”
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Author : Emily Fitzgibbons
Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited