Lift Off for LOROS’ Rocket Trail

Rocket Round Leicester

3 – 2 – 1 and we have lift off! Morningside is delighted to reveal that we are sponsoring a giant rocket, as part of LOROS Hospice’s Rocket Round Leicester art trail.

The charity bills the forthcoming event assomething out of this world is coming to Leicester’ and will see a free, fun, family-friendly art trail bring the people of Leicester together to share in the biggest art event the city has ever seen.

To reach the launch pad LOROS is working with leading artists to create the 10-week trail, which will comprise of 40 giant, spectacularly-decorated Rockets touching down across Leicester this summer between Monday 19th July, before blasting off on Sunday 26th September.

Visitors to the art trail will steer a voyage of discovery through the city’s streets and open spaces and help even life-long Leicester dwellers discover something new about where they live. Each Rocket will be designed by a professional artist and sponsored by local businesses. With a likely footfall of around 300,000 people, bringing in an expected £6 million to the local economy, Rocket Round Leicester will form a pivotal part of the city’s post-pandemic economic recovery, as well as a brilliant day out for everyone.

We are delighted to reveal that Morningside has chosen a design called ‘Hopes, Dreams and Wishes’ by artist Lynne Hollingsworth for our rocket. We can’t reveal what it looks like yet, as this is still top secret, but what we can say is that the design aligns well with Morningside’s mission of “making quality healthcare an affordable and accessible reality thorough the world.”

After the trail ends there will be the chance to say a final ‘goodbye’ at a Farewell Event, before each Rocket is auctioned to raise funds for LOROS Hospice to enable them to continue to care for over 2,500 terminally ill local people.

John Knight, LOROS Hospice CEO, added: “Rocket Round Leicester will be the biggest and most exciting art project ever seen in Leicester. It will bring fun, colour and creativity to the city all for a brilliant cause. I’d like to urge everyone, local people, schools, community organisations and local businesses to get involved and be part of something amazing for the city of Leicester.”

Morningside Arena Named Sponsorship

Morningside Arena, Leicester

Morningside Pharmaceuticals’ naming-rights arrangement with the Leicester Arena is our most ambitious sponsorship endeavour to-date.

The 3,000 capacity in-door stadium and sports facility, which is home to UK basketball champions the Leicester Riders, has been officially renamed Morningside Arena, Leicester.

The venue also stages premium sports events like international boxing matches, comedy performances from the likes of Bill Bailey and music concerts which cater for every taste.

But for Morningside Pharmaceuticals, the arena is about far more than just having our name associated with an iconic Leicester building. We want to give back to the community, so as part of the deal we are able to offer space in the arena to charities, good causes and community groups to use free of charge.

At the naming ceremony, our Chief Executive Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, said: “We’re committed to making a difference to our local community and the arena is a superb new facility for the city, the county and for the East Midlands.

“Through this partnership, we will be able to offer the venue for one day a month to local and national community projects which will be extremely valuable to all that benefit.

“We are thrilled to be making this commitment to improve the overall experience for users of the venue, and to support the use of the arena for community and charitable activities.”

Arena Director and Leicester Riders Chairman Kevin Routledge, added: “The arena and all of its partners are absolutely delighted with this naming rights sponsorship with one of Leicestershire’s great and global firms.

“We have all been working very hard to put the Arena on the sporting and entertainment map, as a flexible high-class arena, without losing our community focus, and working with Morningside Pharmaceuticals will be hugely beneficial to our strategy.”

Leicester Arena was opened in January 2016 as part of a collaboration between the basketball club, Leicester College and Leicester City Council.

Morningside Medical Centre Sponsorship

The Morningside Pharmaceuticals team at Leicester County Cricket Clubs's Grace Road ground

For many years both players and visitors to Leicester County Cricket Club’s Grace Road ground had to be treated off-site if they became sick or injured.

Back in 2016 this all changed when Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd partnered with LCCC to sponsor the medical centre there.

Today, the Morningside Medical Centre provides treatment facilities during match days, as well as for the local community, and features state-of-the-art match preparation and rehabilitation support from injuries.

The medical centre has a space for a private treatment room, an open plan treatment area and an adjoining trauma room which doubles as a crowd medical facility for use by St John’s Ambulance on match days.

It is also used by the club’s youth Academy as a learning centre about Sports Science and Medicine.

Speaking during the renewal of our partnership in 2018, Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE, said: “Prior to the creation of the Morningside Medical Centre we had to treat players and visitors off-site. This was not ideal as you have to act quickly if someone becomes seriously ill and requires urgent medical treatment.

“The Morningside Medical Centre is an important part of our new set-up here at the club. We’re delighted to work in partnership with Morningside Pharmaceuticals to be able to offer expert medical support to our players, visitors and the local community.”

Morningside’s Chief Executive, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, added: “I feel passionately about bringing communities together and making lives healthier.

“We are proud to support LCCC and their work in going into the community and local schools to encourage sport and diversity within sport, which has inspired 20,000 children as part of their extensive schools programme.

“This is an important part of our ethos at Morningside and our sponsorship of the Morningside Medical Centre will ensure that everyone visiting Grace Road will have access to emergency treatment on-site in a modern fully equipped medical facility.”

People & Skills Summit Sponsorship

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce's People & Skills Summit 2021

Morningside Pharmaceuticals are the proud sponsors of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce’s People and Skills Summit, which took place between 14th June to 18th June 2021.

The week-long series of events provided SMEs, organisations and charities from across East Midlands, with an opportunity to attend webinars from expert speakers and panellists.

During the week our Chairman, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, took part in a panel Q&A, as part of the session entitled: ‘The Skills Landscape Beyond Recovery’.

The panel explored what skills are required to support recovery and growth, to what extent they exist in the region, and how we can work collectively to deliver skills for the economy beyond the recovery.

During the Q&A the panel looked at the challenges around recruiting talent in the East Midlands, how to plug the so called ‘skills gap’ and whether the Government’s Skills and Education Bill offers the solution.

The panel particularly focused on the need for academia, the public and private sectors to come together to better equip young people with ‘work ready skills’, as well as the need for more exposure to the range of careers available while in education.

A spokesperson from the East Midlands Chamber added: “People and Skills Week brought together businesses alongside academic institutions and thought leaders to identify the practical steps our region can take to address the challenge of accessing people with the right skills.

“With the economy emerging from the impact of the past year, our People and Skills Week explored what skills are required to support recovery and growth, to what extent they exist in the region, and how we can work collectively to deliver skills for the economy beyond the recovery.”

Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)

CSJ (Centre for Social Justice) Awards

Morningside Pharmaceuticals were proud sponsors of the national Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards 2020.

The CSJ Awards are a high-profile awards ceremony that honours the best
grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain.

Six winners received a £10,000 prize and their work was showcased in
front of high profile politicians, philanthropists and business people from
across the country.

Careers Speed Networking by the LLEP

LLEP Careers Speed Network event

More than 300 students from 20 schools and colleges take part in the county’s largest career’s speed networking event.

The event, run by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), sees over 150 employers take part and gives the students an opportunity to ‘speed network’ in-order-to learn more about the local labour market and future job opportunities available to them.

The event, which is part of Leicester Business Festival, works by giving small groups of students a 6 minute window to ask each employer a series of questions, before they move on to the next business representative.

This format gives the students the opportunity to speak to a wide-variety of local employers – from small traders to large corporations, covering a number of sectors from construction to retail, and services to manufacturing.

The event has been sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which manufactures and supplies quality generic and branded medicines to UK hospitals and pharmacies, as well as essential supplies to aid agencies.

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Morningside’s Chief Executive and LLEP Board member, said: “Nurturing the potential of the county’s future workforce is very important to us, which is why we have decided to support the event in a big way this year.

“As a business we have grown rapidly and need a highly skilled, well trained and professional workforce to continue to be successful. We recently launched our own apprenticeships programme with Loughborough College and have discovered first-hand the benefits of employing and developing young people.

“I hope the students gain some valuable insights into the world of work from the event, as it’s their drive and ambition which will help shape the future prosperity and success of Leicestershire’s businesses.”

Kevin Harris, LLEP Chair, said: “I really looking forward to this event as it is a fantastic way for young people to explore the array of career opportunities across the wide range of key sectors in Leicester and Leicestershire.

“Over the past few years we have been improving engagement between schools and businesses with our Enterprise Adviser Network and now have 60 schools and 60 senior business volunteers working to raise student aspirations and develop employability skills.”

LOROS Light up a Life Sponsorship

LOROS Hospice Light up a Life 2019

Each year more than 1,000 people of all ages come together to remember someone special who has passed away.

The annual memorial service, during the festive period, takes place in the Leicester hospice’s grounds, with access provided to their chapel.

In 2016 and 2017 Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd were humbled to be given the opportunity to sponsor the Light up a Life service.

LOROS Events Manager Laura Betts said: “We are so grateful to the team at Morningside for wanting to support our Light up a Life event once again.

“It’s fantastic to see a local organisation supporting a local charity and it’s only thanks to generous support from companies like Morningside that events like these are able to go ahead.”

Dr Nik Kotecha, Chief Executive of Morningside, added: “This is the second time we have sponsored Light up a Life and we are once again honoured to be doing so.

“Christmas can be such a difficult time when you’re missing that special someone but the Light up a Life service gives everyone an opportunity to come together and remember together.

“We’re extremely proud to support an event like this, it is clearly much-loved by the community and it’s a lovely event to be associated with.”

Dr Kotecha also supports LOROS by sitting on the charity’s Board.

UK East African Health Summit

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supplies global aid agencies with quality medicine.

The 4th East African Health Summit took place in London and looked for ways to support the UK and East African governments with responding to current and future health issues, as well as achieving greater investment in African healthcare systems.

The summit was supported by the Uganda UK Health Alliance, British Medical Association (BMA), British Medical Journal (BMJ), NHS Health Education England, and headline sponsors Morningside Pharmaceuticals.

Delegations from the UK and African governments, NHS leaders, policy makers and representatives from African ministries of health came together with international healthcare experts, investors, solution providers and business leaders.

One success story from the past year saw Everton Football Club send a representative to attend the UK East Africa Health Improvement Summit in Uganda, as well as pledging the Club’s charitable support for 5 years to the West Nile refugee operation in East Africa.

Part of the summit looked to private sector businesses to provide innovative solutions and investment in African healthcare systems.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) also led a break-out session in the House of Lords, chaired by Lord Dolar Popat the UK Trade Envoy to Rwanda and Uganda, where business leaders looked at how promoting private sector engagement and UK exports can strengthen bilateral trade across the East African markets.

Another healthcare priority area for the summit was to explore how governments are supporting major health issues, particularly Malaria.

The session was hosted by Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, which aimed to raise awareness of malaria and neglected tropical diseases amongst parliamentarians; and to encourage the UK Government to provide political will, leadership and sustainable funding for the necessary prevention and treatment of these diseases.

The summit also looked for fresh ways to galvanise investment in Research and Development including malaria vaccines and treatment drugs, new generations of insecticides and genetic modifications, which would be designed to eliminate malaria carrying mosquitoes or prevent transmission.


Steps Conductive Education Centre

Steps Conductive Education Centre

The Steps Conductive Education Centre provides specialist nursery services to children with motor disorders and support for their families.

The service, which is based in Shepshed, in Leicestershire, works tirelessly to ensure the children they support lead fuller, more active, lives.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd was proud to be able to sponsor a charity event at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium, which raised thousands of pounds for this amazing cause.

On the night, which was called ‘A Question of Brains’, our Chief Executive Dr Nik Kotecha OBE joined the charity’s patron Rosemary Conley CBE to help support the fundraising.

Age UK Mini-Bus Sponsorship

Morningside Pharmaceuticals supports Age UK.

About 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone, of which 2 million are aged over 75.

Loneliness is a huge issue in the UK, particularly as 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible.

This is why Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd sponsors an Age UK LeicesterShire & Rutland mini bus. The bus was officially launched in 2017 and is now helping to rescue older people from loneliness by providing essential transport for the charity’s befriending service.

At the launch Morningside’s Chief Executive Dr Nik Kotecha, said: “We wanted to help in some way to reach out to those older people who have found themselves incredibly isolated. This mini-bus will be a life-line for many local older people throughout the Charnwood area and beyond, and we are proud to help the work that Age UK LeicesterShire & Rutland does in the community.”

The Morningside Mini-Bus is fully wheelchair accessible and is now in-use every Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, as well as providing weekend day trips, transport to community activities and day care centres including the very successful Men in Sheds project in Loughborough.

Executive Director of Age UK LeicesterShire & Rutland, Tony Donovan, added: “We are incredibly grateful for the support that Morningside Pharmaceuticals have given us and this transport will provide an essential service for many years to come that will help significantly towards our important work in tackling loneliness and isolation”.